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Woman Wanted (1999)

A new woman comes between a widower and his adult son.

Director:

Kiefer Sutherland

Writers:

Joanna McClelland Glass (novel), Joanna McClelland Glass (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Hunter ... Emma Riley
Kiefer Sutherland ... Wendell Goddard
Michael Moriarty ... Richard Goddard
Carrie Preston ... Monica
Allegra Fulton ... Gracie
Shirley Douglas ... Peg
Sean McCann ... Kevin
Jackie Richardson ... Lydia
Jordan Zalis Jordan Zalis ... Raymond (at 13)
Richard Eden ... Michael
Jonathan Barrett Jonathan Barrett ... Daniel
Joanna McClelland Glass Joanna McClelland Glass ... Ariadne (as Joanna Glass)
Elaine Pigden Elaine Pigden ... Marion
Rhiannon Benedict Rhiannon Benedict ... Betsy (as Valerie Wynne)
Mauralea Austin Mauralea Austin ... Maggie
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Storyline

Story of a woman (Hunter) who comes to work as a housekeeper for a widower (Moriarty) and his grown son (Sutherland) and of their attachment to her to the point that she is asked by the father to marry... to the dismay of the son who also loves her. But the animosity of the two men toward each other is finally resolved when she becomes intentionally pregnant, possibly by one or the other as she goes to bed with both men within a matter of days, causing neither to win her for himself, but both to become bound together because of the child. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Last film to use the Alan Smithee credit as a directorial credit before the pseudonym was discontinued the following year. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard Goddard: [answering the phone] Hello.
Emma Riley: Hello. I'm calling from Boston about your ad in The Globe.
Richard Goddard: Oh, yes.
Emma Riley: It says woman wanted, live in. Why are you advertising in Boston when you live in New Haven?
Richard Goddard: Actually I grew up with an Irish nanny. She was kind and generous and pleasant to be with.
Emma Riley: Are you married?
Richard Goddard: I'm widowed. I have a son in his twenties who's uh... he's going through some difficulties. He lives at home, and we need someone to help put our house in order.
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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Pleasantly Surprised..
15 September 2001 | by karlalikescakeSee all my reviews

I have to admit I checked out this movie solely because it was filmed locally and was curious how it turned out - what a pleasant surprise! I would describe this quiet, somewhat slow moving film as a bittersweet, and moving testament to the bonds of family. It is also eerily reminiscent of Redford's "Ordinary People" starring Keifer's dad, Donald Sutherland. The performances were A+. The interplay between father and son were especially moving and I couldn't help thinking( hypothetically of course)of Keifer's own personal issues with his own estranged father(especially since Keifer also directed this, as well as starred in it). Ideally this movie would of, I believe, have had a bigger audience as a movie of the week or say a Hallmark presentation. Too bad, as "Woman Wanted" is a likable film deserving of more recognition, or even possibly an Emmy nomination if it was. But be warned, this movie is quite slow...just stick with it, it'll be worth it.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desmotes tou pathous See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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