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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.

Director:

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 ... 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

Company Credits

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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Did You Know?

Goofs

When Nora and David are arguing in the kitchen and laundry room, Nora is shown using a modern style front load washing machine. See more »

Quotes

Nora Henry: [burning the pictures from the darkroom and referring to David] Bastard! That bastard!
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Connections

Featured in The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (2008) See more »

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great film
13 November 2009 | by clairelouise-ridgwaySee all my reviews

I first saw this film today 12th November 09, and liked it. I felt sorry for the mother who is told that her baby daughter had died but the husband didn't want a down syndrome child, thinking that she might no live to adulthood, as some didn't back then but to just tell the nurse to take her to a home is a bit sad he could have taken a chance, as so many children like that are loving.. at the least the nurse gave her a good home, but it left him feeling guilty for over, 20 years to what he has done. but his wife wanted more children and he didn't I suppose he was frightened that another child would end up like his daughter.. over all this is a great movie and shows the viewers what it was like in the 1960s to have a down syndrome child.


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