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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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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

At Sandy and Janine's reception, Nora makes a comment to which Sandy replies "I'm going to let that go because this is my wedding day and I am a vision" followed by Sandy and Janine giving each other cake. Later in the film, when Janine is searching for items for her attorney, she begins playing the reception video of which a portion can be seen on Janine's TV. We see the two giving each other cake, then a moment later we hear (from the video still playing) Sandy making the statement to Nora - reversed sequence from the original reception scene. See more »

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As Long As You Love (Scarlet Wings)
Written and Performed by Cindy Bullens
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powerhouse Brooke Shields
8 January 2005 | by mischam76See all my reviews

what a difference a great script and direction can do to a persons acting abilities.Brooke shields was absolutely amazing.for someone of her credible stature she certainly carried this film from beginning to end with gusto.not to mention the performance from cherry Jones.why don't we see these woman in more dramatic roles. its hard to believe that this was a made for t.v film as it may well be the most entertaining one i have ever seen,so much that i purchased it off ebay. the whole film in its entirety is well paced,well written and definitely tugs at you long after you have watched it. highly recommended as a powerful movie of morals and integrity and an opportunity to see Brooke show what she is capable of.


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