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Losing Isaiah (1995)

R | | Drama | 17 March 1995 (USA)
The natural and adoptive mothers of a young boy are involved in a bitter, controversial custody battle.

Director:

Stephen Gyllenhaal

Writers:

Seth Margolis (novel), Naomi Foner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Margaret Lewin
Halle Berry ... Khaila Richards
David Strathairn ... Charles Lewin
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Eddie Hughes
Daisy Eagan ... Hannah Lewin
Marc John Jefferies ... Isaiah
Samuel L. Jackson ... Kadar Lewis
Joie Lee ... Marie
Regina Taylor ... Gussie
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Caroline Jones (as LaTanya Richardson)
Jacqueline Brookes ... Judge Silbowitz
Donovon Ian H. McKnight Donovon Ian H. McKnight ... Amir
Rikkia A. Smith Rikkia A. Smith ... Josie
Paulette McDaniels Paulette McDaniels ... Ethel
Velma Austin Velma Austin ... Rehab Leader
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Storyline

An African-American baby, abandoned by his crack addicted mother is adopted by a white social worker and her husband. Several years later, the baby's mother finds out her son is not dead, as she thought before and goes to court to get him back. Written by Cyndi Kessler <ckessler@hooked.net>

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Who decides what makes a mother?

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Drama

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Rated R for drug related material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jessica Lange said in an interview "I let myself get talked into 'Losing Isaiah' because I hadn't worked for awhile. I knew it wasn't right, the script wasn't right, there was no ending. It just didn't feel right, and it never got right. It was a really difficult, and painful experience." See more »

Goofs

Khaila could not have known that Isaiah "liked to play with blocks", since she had not had him with her while he was growing up from infancy, and he'd always just sullenly moped around whenever he was at her apartment and never wanted to play or interact with the other children at day-care, so Khaila would never have seen Isaiah when he was truly just "at play" and thus learned what toys were his favorites. See more »

Quotes

Khaila Richards: What is it you don't want him to know, huh? That his mother is as black as he is?
Margaret Lewin: [sneering] "Black!" All you people think about is color!
Khaila Richards: You people? You *people*? Well, you better look around, cause me and Isaiah, we the same kind of people. Or didn't you notice?
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by John Dickson
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Losing Isaiah
26 December 2006 | by jwillingterSee all my reviews

A comment was made that this movie has a bad ending. This is a TRUE story that happened in San Antonio, Texas. Although Hollywood and most movie goers want a neat and tidy ending, this does not portray REAL LIFE. Indeed, this movie portrays a real situation and does it well. Makes you think a lot about our child adoption system. What is best for the CHILD is what should be the focus, however obviously biology is the only significant thing that our courts consider. This shows the child wanting and being more comfortable with the adopted family.

This was an excellent film. Halle Barry showed some real acting chops. Previous to this movie she was just in party movies, playing on her looks. She acted up against Jessica quite well.

However, the courtroom scenes were quite biased to Halle's situation. Not sure how much of the courtroom scenes were based on the real transcripts.

Jessica was excellent as always!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,520,972, 19 March 1995

Gross USA:

$7,603,766

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,603,766
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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