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A Good Baby (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 December 2000 (USA)
A young inbred loner wandering the back roads of North Carolina comes across an abandoned baby. He immediately starts seeking the baby's parents, but starts developing a bond with the child... See full summary »

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Katherine Dieckmann (screenplay), Leon Rooke (story)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Thomas ... Raymond Toker
David Strathairn ... Truman Lester
Cara Seymour ... Josephine Priddy
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson ... Hindmarch
Jayne Morgan Jayne Morgan ... Sarah
Allison Glenn Allison Glenn ... Sister
Jerry Foster Jerry Foster ... Trout
Elijah Christopher Perry Elijah Christopher Perry ... Wallace (as Jerry Rushing)
Emilie Jacobs ... Lena
Hannah Grady Hannah Grady ... Baby
Danny Vinson ... Cal
Lance Holland Lance Holland ... Man Fixing Truck
Bob Post Bob Post ... Man Fixing Truck
Palma Kauppert Palma Kauppert ... Woman Shaking Rug
April Chapman April Chapman ... Farm Woman
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A young inbred loner wandering the back roads of North Carolina comes across an abandoned baby. He immediately starts seeking the baby's parents, but starts developing a bond with the child that explores his own isolated roots. In true bad guy fashion, a traveling salesman appears and truths about the baby's origin start to unravel. But little did they know it was a trap. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El milagro de la vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Good Baby, Kardana Films See more »
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Color
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Baby Wrangler, also Additional Good Baby See more »

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Extraordinary film
16 October 2001 | by richards1052See all my reviews

I saw this film last night on cable and it is extraordinary. What I love most about it is that it is understated and low-key, but deeply heartfelt. Henry Thomas' (he played the child in E.T.) performance is masterfully inarticulate (he is supposed to be a man of few words). David Straithern is a wonderful crazy villain. And miraculously (given that we're talking about a Hollywood product here) a baby serves as a main character, but one who doesn't act or have lines, but rather just IS (& is luminous at that). Interesting to note that Thomas' mysterious relationship w. E.T. was the core of that film; while his bond w. the baby serves as the core of "A Good Baby."

Then there is the music--ah, what music!! Gillian Welch's tunes are wonderful & the entire score is gorgeous hill country music.

This film is wonderfully atmospheric. I recommend it highly.


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