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At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story (1998)

Based on a true story, Sue Rodriguez must face a gripping question, are we in charge of our own lives? Confronted by a terminal, debilitating illness that will ultimately take her life, she... See full summary »

Director:

Sheldon Larry

Writers:

Lisa Hobbs Birnie (book), Sue Rodriguez (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Crewson ... Sue Rodriguez
Carl Marotte ... David Rodriguez
Patrick Galligan Patrick Galligan ... Svend Robinson
Walter Learning Walter Learning ... Justice Allen Melvin
Al Waxman ... John Hofsess
Miko Hughes ... Jesse Rodriguez
Monica Parker ... Nadine
Jesse Collins Jesse Collins ... Chris Considine
Roberta Maxwell ... Doe
Fiona Reid ... Sandra Burtch
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Dr. Jackman
Ellen-Ray Hennessy ... Louise
Jim Belding Jim Belding ... Donald Gardiner
Kevin Ryan Kevin Ryan ... Reporter #1
Fred McCausland Fred McCausland ... Local Reporter
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Based on a true story, Sue Rodriguez must face a gripping question, are we in charge of our own lives? Confronted by a terminal, debilitating illness that will ultimately take her life, she worries most about her young son, Jesse. Sue finds herself in a highly publicized legal battle for the right to die on her own terms, uncompromising, independent, funny and proud.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2001 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Al final del día See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Emotional, moving...
26 May 2000 | by Mike-DDSee all my reviews

As an avid movie watcher, few shows manage to move me closer to tears than this, and this is from a guy in his mid-twenties. The characterization was intense, and the movie moves slowly at times, but never fails to show you, in words or the feelings portrayed, what goes on in Sue's mind as she ponders her decisions. The feelings she has and the reasons she gives her family and friends around her for the decision she made shows how much she must have struggled before she came to it. On one hand, she doesn't want to leave her family, especially her son (brilliantly portrayed by Miko Hughes), alone; but on the other hand she wants to spare them the agony of caring for her as her illness progresses, when she will lose every sense of control in her life. The poignant moment was when her son learns of her decision to end her own life, when he reminds her tearfully of her earlier promise that she'd fight the illness to the end without giving up. From then comes a long period of intense media attention, mostly unwanted, and gross misunderstanding and manipulation by people she trusted, before her son finally accepts and respects her decision.

This is one movie which might just make you change your mind about euthanasia.


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