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An Unexpected Family (1996)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 4 December 1996
When Ruth Whitney abandons her two children with her sister Barbara is left to take care of them, at first none of them like it but soon they grow to like each other. Then over a year later... See full summary »

Director:

Larry Elikann

Writer:

Lee Rose
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Barbara Whitney
Stephen Collins ... Sam
Christine Ebersole ... Ruth Whitney
Noah Fleiss ... Matt Whitney
Chelsea Russo Chelsea Russo ... Megan Whitney
Jenny O'Hara ... Harriet Rothman
Ken Pogue ... Judge Whitlock
Benjamin Ratner ... Harry Weinstock
Sarah Strange ... Claudia
Kevin McNulty ... Goldani
BJ Harrison ... Court Clerk
Fulvio Cecere ... Detective Barry Fox
Barry W. Levy ... Brian
Rory J. Aylward ... Paramedic
Charles Siegel Charles Siegel ... Dr. Fred
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Storyline

When Ruth Whitney abandons her two children with her sister Barbara is left to take care of them, at first none of them like it but soon they grow to like each other. Then over a year later Ruth comes back saying she wants her kids and Barbara goes to court to fight for custody. Written by Angela Crawford

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az égből pottyant család See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Barbara tells Matt and Meghan that she is nervous about them walking to school on thier own. Matt makes a comment on how she made them watch the movie Without a Trace (1983) 10 times. Stockard Channing was one of the stars of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Megan Whitney: Could Sam be our father?
Matt Whitney: You got a thing about pushing your luck, don't you?
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Connections

Followed by An Unexpected Life (1998) See more »

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15 May 2006 | by andy-hermans2See all my reviews

I loved watching this movie even though I always had the feeling the story was in many ways cut short. I think if the writer and director had really thought this project through they could have turned this into a mini series. I had the feeling they wanted to put as much in the movie as they possible could but only had 90 minutes to work with. By trying to do that they turned it into a very predictable movie. The cast was really well chosen. I have seen Stockard Channing in several other movies and I have to say the role of Barbara Witney fit her. The children played their part very well. As for the choice of music throughout the movie I have to say I was singing along the title song. As for the rest of the music, they were pleasant to hear. I also have to say that the locations chosen in the movie were interesting to look at. All together I have to say it is a good movie when you like the genre. I have recommended this movie to many of my friends and family even though I am not such a big fan of drama's.


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