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Immediate Family (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 October 1989 (USA)
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Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that... See full summary »

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Jonathan Kaplan

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Barbara Benedek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Linda Spector
James Woods ... Michael Spector
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Lucy Moore
Kevin Dillon ... Sam
Linda Darlow ... Lawyer Susan Drew
Mimi Kennedy ... Eli's Mom
Charles Levin Charles Levin ... Eli's Dad
Alma Beltran ... Spanish Woman
Jessica James Jessica James ... Bessie
Ken Lerner ... Josh
Jane Greer ... Michael's Mother
Harrison Mohr Harrison Mohr ... Eli
Matthew Moore Matthew Moore ... Jason
Kristen Sanderson Kristen Sanderson ... Kristin ('Picasso')
Merrilyn Gann ... Kristin's Mom
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Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy will sign away custody. Things don't go quite to plan however.. Written by Rob Hartill

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The toughest choices are made with the heart.

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Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casi una familia See more »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,932,613
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Lawrence Kasdan, actress Glenn Close, and screenwriter Barbara Benedek, had all previously collaborated on The Big Chill (1983) around six years earlier. Immediate Family (1989) is the second and final [to date, July 2015] of each of their collaborations with one another. See more »


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Creatures of Love
Written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison and Tina Weymouth Performed by Talking Heads
Courtesy of EMI Records, Ltd. & Sire Records
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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At first I thought, "chick-flick"...
14 February 2008 | by icreeemSee all my reviews

...but I thoroughly enjoyed this movie from beginning to end. The performances of each actor were exemplary...and surprising, considering James Woods' ability to play such a sleazy worm so convincingly (as in "The Onion Field" or "Against All Odds") and Glenn Close's horrifying character in "Fatal Attraction"...these are two outstanding actors, whose roles of a warm and long-married-yet-unfulfilled couple really put extra credibility in each of their bag of tricks. Masterson and Dillon are equally excellent as the working-class, clueless kids who are suddenly thrust into parenthood, seeing adoption as their only sensible option out of the situation. What I found most compelling is Michael and Linda (Woods and Close) are a couple who have it all; long-term experience in a loving marriage, excellent careers (he's a veterinarian, she's a real estate broker), a nice house near the bay, nice cars, etc...but are lacking what they really want; a child of their own. Their obvious envy of their friends' relationships with their children is played beautifully, where you can really feel the deep hurt of the "empty womb" through their expressions (the best of which is Michael's observing a young father and his son at a football game) and their discomfort of being among all the happy parents and their children (the birthday party). I found the anticipation of the arrival of Lucy (Masterson) and the ultimate arrival of the baby were very contagious, again, through the excellence of the cast. The glimpses of the younger couple's lives back in Ohio were very revealing as to their characters...again, superbly done! I also loved the understated mischief of the family dog, which, hilariously, closes the film. A warm movie, extremely enjoyable.


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