A couple finds a baby on their doorstep with a note asking them to temporarily keep it. They take the baby in and care for it as if it were their own. But what if the baby's mom really returns to claim it?


Patricia MacLachlan (book), David Manson (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Farrah Fawcett ... Lily Malone
Keith Carradine ... John Malone
Jean Stapleton ... Byrd
Alison Pill ... Larkin Malone
Vincent Berry Vincent Berry ... Lalo Baldetti
Ann Dowd ... Ms. Minifred
Sebastian Roché ... Rebel Clark
Paula Malcomson ... Julia
Kyra Harper ... Marvella Baldelli
Cheyenne Heath Cheyenne Heath ... Baby Sophie
Kailee Heath Kailee Heath ... Baby Sophie
Kassandra Collins Kassandra Collins ... Toddler Sophie
Coreena Collins Coreena Collins ... Toddler Sophie
Gil Filar Gil Filar ... Ozzie
Lauren Collins ... Portia Pinter


A couple finds a baby on their doorstep with a note asking them to temporarily keep it. They take the baby in and care for it as if it were their own. But what if the baby's mom really returns to claim it?

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When tragedy struck her family, the healing began with very small steps.




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John Malone: Lily, you're overreacting.
Lily Malone: That's what you said last time. I'm not going to make the same mistake twice.
John Malone: Oh, is that what this is about? Is that what this is about, you blame me for what happened? There was nothing we could do!
Lily Malone: Oh yeah? What was it then? Fate, kismet? Isn't that your answer for everything?
John Malone: You wanna blame something? Blame the weather. Blame the circumstances. Blame God for Christ's sake!
Lily Malone: No. Our baby died because you wanted to live on this God-forsaken island where there isn't a ...
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Lumpen heart-tugger, unsuitably cast and lofty in the worst sense...
6 September 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Small modern family, somewhat unhinged emotionally, decide to take in a healthy baby girl abandoned on the doorstep of their seaside vacation home. The parents, still grieving over a stillborn birth from years prior, are at slightly opposite ends of the situation, while their teenage daughter hopes to love the new addition despite the constant reminder the real mother will come back. Patricia MacLachlan co-adapted her book with David Manson and Kerry Kennedy, and was perhaps too anxious to ladle this TV-movie with a writer's lofty pretensions. Director Robert Allan Ackerman seems to have been taken in by MacLachlan's prose and gives the picture the kind of misty look one might envision for a 'prestigious' television event, but nothing which comes from this plot is very eventful. Much of the focus falls upon Alison Pill as daughter Larkin (her youthful confusion, her need to reach out and be reached out to), but the young actress is too studied, too careful in her reactions and responses; she's been prepared to be dynamic, though this low-gear scenario doesn't allow for such big emotions, and Pill comes off awkwardly half-animated and half-restrained. Farrah Fawcett's performance as the mother is a different matter: sluggish, at half-mast, Fawcett doesn't appear to believe in this material; indeed, it's a by-the-numbers enterprise at its core, with the husband logical and the wife loving (how neat and tidy!). Uninitiated, undiscriminating viewers might fall for it, however it's been done better, many times over.

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8 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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Un intrus dans la famille See more »

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