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Heart of a Child (1994)

Tear jerker, based on a true story. Two mothers suffer abnormal pregnancies; one baby has a deficient heart and the other an incomplete brain. Minutes after the respective births, the ... See full summary »

Director:

Sandor Stern

Writer:

Susan Nanus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Jillian ... Alice Holc
Michele Greene ... Karen Schouten
Terry O'Quinn ... Gordon Holc
Bruce Greenwood ... Fred Schouten
Malcolm Stewart ... Dr. Peter Garland
Rip Torn ... Dr. Leonard Bailey
John Procaccino ... Dr. Sakala
Matthew Walker ... Dr. Franklin
Andrew Wheeler ... Dr. Cramer
Jane MacDougal Jane MacDougal ... Cheri Mathis
Joel Palmer ... Jason Holc (Age 5)
William B. Davis ... Vern
Sheila Moore ... Connie
Doris Chillcott Doris Chillcott ... Irene
Cindy Girling Cindy Girling ... Dr. Adler
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Tear jerker, based on a true story. Two mothers suffer abnormal pregnancies; one baby has a deficient heart and the other an incomplete brain. Minutes after the respective births, the doctors race against time to first ever heart transplant on a newborn infant. Written by M Tunnicliffe <M.J.Tunnicliffe2@lboro.ac.uk>

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Drama

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drama em Família See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There is a point to this
14 September 2007 | by grayureSee all my reviews

OK, so it's schmaltzy and a tear-jerker, and i'm not sure how the actual people involved feel about this film, but there is one very positive thing about this film. There are people out there who have to confront the issue of something going wrong with their pregnancies, and i would be the last to presume to tell them what they should do if it does, but this does at least put one idea of how to get something good out of the situation when it does happen. I don't really care about the motives of the makers of this film. Whatever they were, the important thing is that the life of someone in the world at some time could be saved by copying what happens, and the other pregnancy would also have been given a purpose which could help the grieving would-be parents. Three of my siblings died as babies as a result of problematic pregnancies, and a day never goes by in my life when i don't look at my own children and find it incredibly wonderful that they are in the world, healthy and alive. This is real and cannot be taken for granted. So basically i don't care how much of a sentimental mess this film is or how exploitative it is emotionally, because maybe someone's life somewhere will be or has been saved by it and that's all that matters.


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