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A Lion in the House (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 28 July 2006 (UK)
Five families struggle with the ups and downs of cancer treatment over the course of six years.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Ashcraft ... Himself
Adam Ashcraft ... Himself
Dale Ashcraft ... Himself
Debbie Ashcraft ... Herself
Jennifer Roller ... Herself
Robert Arceci ... Himself (as Dr. Robert Arceci)
Victor Balaso ... Himself (as Dr. Victor Balaso)
Cyndi DeLaat ... Herself (as Dr. Cyndi DeLaat)
Malini Gillen ... Herself (as Dr. Malini Gillen)
Fred Huang ... Himself (as Dr. Fred Huang)
Paul Jublinsky ... Himself (as Dr. Paul Jublinsky)
Connie Coons ... Herself
Alex Lougheed ... Herself
Jackie Lougheed ... Herself
Judy Lougheed ... Herself


Five families struggle with the ups and downs of cancer treatment over the course of six years.

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28 July 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

De unga kämparna på canceravdelningen  »

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Too long and poorly structured
4 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

A Lion in the House has good intentions, but the filmmakers are timid in their approach. The wandering style used, with occasional voice-over gets really old long before the nearly four hours of the film ends. In a period when documentaries are in vogue, and breaking new ground in refreshing ways of telling stories, A Lion in the House seems like a throwback.

The subject matter is interesting, and the filmmakers may be oversensitized to the subject matter, unable or unwilling to edit it down into a more dynamic film. It seems like they went into without a real plan, and having had experience with the subject matter, that makes it a shame.

If they went into the editing room, they could cut out at least an hour, and make a film with more impact.

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