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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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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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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)
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Just thinking of this movie brings tears to my eyes
30 May 2002 | by MScott7565See all my reviews

Just thinking of this movie brings tears to my eyes. It was beautifully done. I admit before the movie I thought lesbiens and homosexuals had no business having children. In two short hours my opinion changed. This movie was so beautiful and it showed me it doesn't matter what your sexual preference is. Love is love. Period. I'm outraged that Florida is so backwards. They need to get with the program.

This movie is about a lesbien couple, Sandra Cataldi and Janine Nielson. Sandra, who's a dog trainer, comes from a loving middle class class family. Janine, a nurse, comes from a cold, uncaring wealthy family. She has a poor self image until she starts dating Sandra. During their relationship, she really comes into her own. Shortly after their "wedding" they decide to have a child. Sandra gets pregnant through artifical insemination. Her parents are thrilled. Janine's are not. Everything is wonderful until Sandra is diagnosed with lupas. Through the whole ordeal, her parents were warm and loving. That changed after her death. After that, Sandra's parents take the child away and Janine must fight for her child. I was holding my breath until the end. Although I was rooting for Janine, the movie doesn't make you do that. They make it so you understand both sides, which is something I loved. This movie will make you laugh and cry. Well done Brooke, Cherry, Anne, and Sandra's father and daughter.


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