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Jenifer (2001)

The triumphant true story of three sisters who unite in the face of adversity when one of them is diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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Jace Alexander

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Valerie Estess (story), Geoffrey Nauffts (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura San Giacomo ... Jenifer Estess
Jane Kaczmarek ... Valerie Estess
Annabella Sciorra ... Meredith Estess
Jane Alexander ... Marilyn Estess
Maddie Corman ... Julianne Hoffenberg
Edie Falco ... Wheelchair Saleswoman
Donna Hanover ... Herself
Camryn Manheim ... Nurse Vandemal
Julianna Margulies ... Jenifer's Psychiatrist
Rob Morrow ... Dr. Richard Feldman
Reed Rudy ... Scotty
Cedric Smith ... Dr. Richards
Vincent Spano ... Jack
Fisher Stevens ... Dr. Aaron Sanders
Marisa Tomei ... Nina Capelli
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The triumphant true story of three sisters who unite in the face of adversity when one of them is diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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One moment changed her life. This movie will change yours.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jenifer Estess Story See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Breathe
Written by Maria McKee
Performed by Maria McKee
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Excellent...
5 November 2001 | by Niv-1See all my reviews

"Jenifer" contains one of the best performances of 2001. Laura San Giacomo is astounding as the ALS stricken Jenifer Estes. ALS is a disorder where the brains ability to control the muscles is destroyed. ALS is a lot like Multiple Sclerosis. San Giacomo's performance can easily be compared to Emily Watson's in "Hilary and Jackie." Both performances were technically impressive and moving.

It looks like the best performances given by women in 2001 will have been on Television. With Judy Davis playing Judy Garland and Emma Thompson in Wit, and now San Giacomo's work in Jenifer, an amazing year. One of San Giacomo's best scenes is when after the symptoms start. Jenifer tries to walk up five flights of stairs and is completely drenched in sweat when she gets to the top.

Giving solid supporting performances are, Annabella Sciorra and Jane Kaczmarek as Jenifer's crusading sisters. Jane Alexander and Camryn Manhein are also very good.

"Jenifer" is one of the best movies of 2001.


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