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Gracie's Choice (2004)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 12 January 2004
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A teenage girl tries to raise her three half-brothers and one half-sister on her own after their drug-addicted mother is sent to jail.

Director:

Peter Werner

Writers:

Rena Dictor Le Blanc (based in part on "Reader's Digest" article) (as Rena Dictor LeBlanc), Joyce Eliason (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Bell ... Gracie Thompson
Diane Ladd ... Louela Lawson
Shedrack Anderson III ... Tommy (as Shedrack Anderson)
Anne Heche ... Rowena Lawson
Roberta Maxwell ... Judge
Kristin Fairlie ... Rose Carlton
Brian Akins Brian Akins ... Ryan Walker
David Gibson McLean David Gibson McLean ... Jonny Blicker (as David McLean)
Jack Armstrong Jack Armstrong ... Robbie Locascio
Robert Seeliger ... Ray
Sandra Caldwell Sandra Caldwell ... Mrs. Thurston
Diego Matamoros Diego Matamoros ... Bob Bessey
Jackie Torrens Jackie Torrens ... Sandy Jacobs
Roger Dunn ... Paul Gottfredson
Cecil Wright ... Mr. Hines
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Storyline

Anne Heche plays an abusive mother to Gracie, played by Kristen Bell. Gracie has always taken care of her three younger brothers and one sister. When her mother's drug and alcohol use goes too far, Gracie decides to take on the official role of mother to her brothers. Written by roxie blues

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A grandmother in denial. A mother on a downward spiral. Now, it's up to 16-year-old Gracie to keep the children together. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gracie's Choice See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When Gracie is at work filling out an application for a scholarship her hair is in a brown headband. When she is running up to the hospital after getting the phone call her hair is back in clips, one on each side. When she walks into the hospital room her hair is back in the headband again. This could be because they originally had her grandmother go to the hospital earlier in the story and they used the same running clip. Earlier in the story her hair was in the two clips. See more »

Quotes

Gracie Thompson: [signals with hands] 143
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Connections

Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »

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Wow! What an inspirational story!
18 January 2004 | by StephanieGouldSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie on the Lifetime Television network after hearing some good reviews and seeing previews. The plot follows Gracie(Kristen Bell), a 17 year old girl who deals with trying to keep her brothers from being taken away from her and put into foster homes due to her drug-addicted and often absent mother Rowena(Anne Heche). With stunning performances from both Bell and Heche as the daughter and mother duo the film has real edge. With the supporting cast including Diane Ladd, this television movie surpasses the stereotypes of a typical movie-of-the-week. I strongly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to be inspired by a true story set to the screen.


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