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What Makes a Family (2001)

A women, artificially inseminated, gives birth, then dies, and her partner must fight to regain custody of their child.

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Maggie Greenwald
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Brooke Shields ... Janine Nielssen
Cherry Jones ... Sandy Cataldi
Anne Meara ... Evelyn Cataldi
Al Waxman ... Frank Cataldi
Whoopi Goldberg ... Terry Harrison
Jordy Benattar Jordy Benattar ... Heather Cataldi
Melanie Nicholls-King ... Nora
Stewart Arnott ... Peter
Joanne Vannicola ... Melissa
Roberta Maxwell ... Claire
Dean McDermott ... O'Brien
Sean McCann Sean McCann ... Judge Black
Philip Williams ... Martin Crane
Jayne Eastwood ... Judge Shales
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Buza ... Reverend Greg Wasney
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Storyline

Brooke Shields believes she has finally found happiness, now that she and her partner (Cherry Jones) have a child. But when Jones passes away five years later and her scheming parents apply for custody behind Shields' back, an affecting struggle ensues. Written by <tom@fave.co.uk>

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Because she loved a woman, she may lose the right to keep her child.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A másik anya See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Color
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Based on the true story of Janine Ratcliffe and Joan Perlman. See more »

Goofs

At the time of Sandy's death, it is obviously Christmastime (Heather asking about decorating the tree/Christmas music playing in scene just before Sandy's seizure; Christmas decorations present after Sandy's death during dinner scene with Janine, Peter and his partner discussing Janine's rights with Heather.) When Janine reads Sandy's obituary, a brief shot of the clipping states Sandy's death date as Friday, June 29, 2000 (which was actually a Thursday.) See more »

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As Long As You Love (Scarlet Wings)
Written and Performed by Cindy Bullens
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excellent work all around
6 June 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This is a beautifully realized TV movie about the fight of a lesbian, played by Brooke Shields, to regain custody of the child she and her partner were raising when her lover (beautifully portrayed by Cherry Jones) dies. Shields has to fight the Florida court system, her lover's parents and her own parents, who reject her lifestyle. Because her lover, Sandra, was artificially inseminated, Sandra's parents take the child and want custody. The backward laws in Florida make it a tough battle for Janine.

The film attempts to give every side of the story in a balanced manner. Janine's pain - and the love she has for the child - are apparent throughout. Shields does a wonderful job. The film also shows the devotion Janine and Sandra had to one another, the level of their commitment, and the horror of Sandra's death. This is an excellent movie, which may open some people's minds.


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