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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 »

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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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this touched me
28 January 2001 | by rainchiquitaSee all my reviews

I don't know what words there are to say about this movie that can begin to describe how I felt while watching it. From the brilliant script to the acting done by Brooke Shields, her partner, the adorable little girl, and everyone else, I was moved in a way that no other movie I have seen has affected me. I still cannot stop crying and it ended fifteen minutes ago... everyone, especially those who are cynical of domestic partnerships and their competence as parents, should see this movie. I was so happy to hear that it was based on a true story- how wonderful!! I only wish that I could contact the real Janine, and praise and thank her for being such a role model and pioneer in a controversial area that so desperately needs widespread recognition. Kudos to Barbra Streisand, Whoopi Goldberg, Cis Corman, Brooke Shields, and everyone involved in the production of this movie for their courage and integrity.


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