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The Baby Dance (1998)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 23 August 1998
Wanda (Laura Dern) is a dirt-poor Louisiana mother pregnant with her fifth child who answers a wealthy couple's "baby wanted" ad. Rachel (Stockard Channing) is the would-be adoptive mother who quietly clashes with Laura at every turn.

Director:

Jane Anderson

Writers:

Jane Anderson (play), Jane Anderson (teleplay)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Rachel
Laura Dern ... Wanda
Richard Lineback ... Al
Peter Riegert ... Richard
Sandra Seacat ... Doreen
Wally Dalton ... Ron
Stephen E. Miller ... Dr. Selby
Heather McEwen ... Patricia
Addison Ridge Addison Ridge ... Kevin
Russell Hixson Russell Hixson ... Brian
John Brynelsen John Brynelsen ... Robby (as Johnny Brynelson)
Kate Robbins Kate Robbins ... Miss Maddy
Gillian Barber ... Nurse Nancy
Donna Lysell Donna Lysell ... Roz
Avery Raskin Avery Raskin ... Ray
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Storyline

Wanda (Laura Dern) is a dirt-poor Louisiana mother pregnant with her fifth child who answers a wealthy couple's "baby wanted" ad. Rachel (Stockard Channing) is the would-be adoptive mother who quietly clashes with Laura at every turn.

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They had nothing in common except an arrangement that could break their hearts.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Blues See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Lineback originated the role of Al in the 1991 off-Broadway production upon which this film is based. See more »

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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Die Screaming
Written and performed by Twelfth Hour
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A wonderful film. The story doesn't end at the end....
22 September 2004 | by secretary-7See all my reviews

As a woman who lost her child to adoption 35 years ago, and who works voluntarily along with others for reform of adoption laws in Ireland, I found this film (shown on TV here last night) simply wonderful. I know that many previous message posters have commented on the "ugh ending", but I think that the whole point of the film was the carefully observed visual statements of all the characters, that the story continues, and will never end as long as they all live. Obviously, from my perspective, Laura Dern's face haunts me, as does Richard(Linklater's?)as they both sit in their clapped-out truck outside the hospital. I transpose their baby's face onto theirs. My ideal next scene if the film continued would see them bring their daughter home to join her brothers and sister. After all, was it ever suggested that they weren't loving parents? I'm surprised that other commentators on the film haven't stated the obvious - the golden kernel of The Baby Dance is the insightful screenplay and convincing script. I will be recommending this film to everyone I know.


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