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The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 12 April 2008
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A father separates his son from his twin sister at birth to prevent him and the mother from knowing she was born with Down syndrome. Based on the novel by Kim Edwards.

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Mick Jackson

Writers:

John Pielmeier (teleplay), Kim Edwards (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Watson ... Caroline Gil
Dermot Mulroney ... Dr. David Henry
Hugh Thompson ... Al
Krystal Hope Nausbaum ... Phoebe
Rob Stewart
Gretchen Mol ... Norah Henry
Emma Colbert Emma Colbert ... Phoebe 6 years
Tyler Stentiford Tyler Stentiford ... Paul 13 years
Jamie Spilchuk ... Paul 18-22 years
Owen Pattison Owen Pattison ... Paul 6 years
Gay Hauser Gay Hauser ... Department Store Clerk
Bruce Murphy Bruce Murphy ... Checkout Clerk
Lita Llewellyn ... Ruby
Kerry McPherson Kerry McPherson ... Kay
Jeremy Akerman ... The Minister
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Storyline

On a snowy winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry rushes his pregnant wife Norah to the hospital, where, with help from her husband and nurse Caroline Gill, she delivers their son Paul. However, Dr. Henry discovers that his wife was carrying twins, and helps her deliver the second child, a baby girl named Phoebe. Shortly after Phoebe's birth, he finds that she has Down Syndrome, and hands her over to Nurse Caroline, explaining that the death of his ill sister nearly destroyed their mother and he doesn't want Norah to go through that. Instead, he instructs Caroline to take Phoebe to a nearby institution for the mentally ill, figuring the child won't live much longer, and tells Norah that Phoebe was a stillborn. However, after visiting the institution and seeing the state of the other patients, Caroline takes the baby home with her, stopping along the way to buy formula and diapers. With help from a truck driver named Al, Caroline begins to raise the baby as her own, while Dr. Henry ... Written by scorpionqueenofhearts

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Memory Keeper's Daughter See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Production Co:

Jaffe/Braunstein Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Caroline is placing the money that she had received from David in the cookie jar, the twenty dollar bill that she puts in was actually produced in 2006 and would not have been available during that time. See more »

Quotes

Nora Henry: [burning the pictures from the darkroom and referring to David] Bastard! That bastard!
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Featured in The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (2008) See more »

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Musical Score?
13 April 2008 | by shimmer765See all my reviews

Does anyone know the name of the song that Paul is playing on the guitar when the family is vacationing at the beach???

I really enjoyed the book, but I wasn't entirely thrilled with the way the movie turned out. The book kept me turning the pages... I really thought that the movie didn't portray the struggle that Caroline went through with Phoebe growing up and her passion for her as a mother.

It really only touched on many of the aspects of the book and in my opinion the movie was sort of a quick synopsis of the book. The acting was OK... not Oscar-worthy or anything, just OK.

It was, however, entertaining, but I'm glad I read the book first!


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