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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Blues See more »

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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lubbock Tornado (I Don't Know)
Written by Terry Allen
Performed by Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band
Courtesy of Fate Records/Sugar Hill Records
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An Emotional Masterpiece That Will Tug At Your Heart
13 May 1999 | by gitrichSee all my reviews

Baby Dance is riveting. It is an emotional roller coaster to watch. Outstanding performances by Laura Dern, Stockard Channing, Peter Riegert, and Richard Luckman head up a fine cast.It examines the difficult decisions faced when a mother is to give up her child to strangers. In this case, a rich couple from California cannot have children, so they place an ad for adoption. It is answered by a young couple in Louisiana who are poor and have decided to part with their child at birth. This is one of TVs finest efforts and can be rented as a movie made for TV. Don't miss it!


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