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Samantha (1991)

Samantha is a normal woman leading a normal life... until she finds out her parents aren't really her parents. She and her friends go on a search for her biological mom & dad.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martha Plimpton ... Samantha
Dermot Mulroney ... Henry
Hector Elizondo ... Walter
Mary Kay Place ... Marilyn
Ione Skye ... Elaine
Marvin Silbersher Marvin Silbersher ... Milos
I.M. Hobson I.M. Hobson ... Father O'Rourke
Maryedith Burrell ... Charlotte Otto / Mrs. Samantha
Robert Picardo ... Neil Otto / Mr. Samantha
Shay Astar ... Young Samantha
Cameron Williams Cameron Williams ... Young Henry
Dody Goodman ... Mrs. Higgins
Randy Pelish Randy Pelish ... Ed Perlmutter
Sandra Kinder ... Phyllis Perlmutter
Jack Blessing ... Herman Hathaway
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Storyline

Samantha is a normal woman leading a normal life... until she finds out her parents aren't really her parents. She and her friends go on a search for her biological mom & dad.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los líos de Samantha See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,076, 22 November 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,076
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Planet Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Among the many names Samantha takes on or has been given in the film: Samantha Stigg, Helen Otto, Esmerelda Guadelupe Gonzales, Abigail Harrington III, Mishiko Oshikawa and Helplessly Hoping. See more »

Quotes

Samantha: Mmmm. Chocolate Rum-Dums!
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Soundtracks

American Quartet OP.96 - 1st Movement
Written by Antonín Dvorák
Conducted by Joel McNeely
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Another failed bid by Martha Plimpton to break into the youth market...
12 March 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Martha Plimpton has done some prestigious movies, working with River Phoenix and Harrison Ford, but she was never able to expand her limited, tomboyish appeal into the same class as, say, Molly Ringwald. This film, which was barely released, is just an extension of her late '80s/early '90s attempts to find a screen-persona which was identifiable to moviegoers, and it represents another failure. Plimpton plays a troubled young woman who finds out on her 21st birthday that she was adopted and--worse than that--was actually abandoned as an infant on her parents' doorstep! She sets out to find her biological mother and father, but the viewer has no clue why she'd even want to (would simple curiosity give her this much determination?). Unattractive material given sitcom handling; it starts off on the wrong foot and never recovers. Plimpton gives a sour, surly performance, but Hector Elizondo and Mary Kay Place are fine as her adoptive parents. *1/2 from ****


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