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Immediate Family (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 October 1989 (USA)
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Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that... See full summary »

Director:

Jonathan Kaplan

Writer:

Barbara Benedek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Linda Spector
James Woods ... Michael Spector
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Lucy Moore
Kevin Dillon ... Sam
Linda Darlow ... Lawyer Susan Drew
Mimi Kennedy ... Eli's Mom
Charles Levin ... Eli's Dad
Alma Beltran ... Spanish Woman
Jessica James Jessica James ... Bessie
Ken Lerner ... Josh
Jane Greer ... Michael's Mother
Harrison Mohr Harrison Mohr ... Eli
Matthew Moore Matthew Moore ... Jason
Kristen Sanderson Kristen Sanderson ... Kristin ('Picasso')
Merrilyn Gann ... Kristin's Mom
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Storyline

Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy will sign away custody. Things don't go quite to plan however.. Written by Rob Hartill

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The toughest choices are made with the heart.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Second Hand Familie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,932,613
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's production notes state: "Screenwriter Barbara Benedek was struck that so many of her friends who had waited until their mid-3Os to have children were encountering difficulties. Lawrence Kasdan, who had wanted to sponsor a solo Benedek screenplay since they worked together on The Big Chill (1983) script, agreed with Benedek that the concept of a professional couple struggling to have a child had great potential." See more »

Quotes

Michael Spector: [after Sam and Lucy borrowed their car] Okay, let's have it. Your most paranoid fantasy.
Linda Spector: I don't want to talk about it.
Michael Spector: They disappear with the baby and the car, only stopping long enough to rip off a few convenience stores on the way home with a sawed-off shotgun. Am I getting close?
Linda Spector: I don't appreciate this, Michael.
Michael Spector: And we end up on Geraldo Rivera as the most gullible couple in America.
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Motherless Children
Written by Eric Clapton & Carl Radle
Performed by Eric Clapton
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products
a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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The Performances Trump the Predictable
23 June 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"Glenn Close and James Woods are Michael and Linda Spector, a mature, successful couple who have everything it takes to be parents… except a baby. Mary Stuart Masterson and Kevin Dillon are Lucy and Sam, a teenage couple who have a baby on the way… but aren't ready to be parents. Director Jonathan Kaplan and screenwriter Barbara Benedek mix laughter and tears in this funny, uplifting look at two very different couples who unexpectedly find a common bond and ultimately bring out the best in each other. Dazzling, funny performances bring a touching humanity to this slice-of-life comedy with a big heart."

The above synopsis, trimmed of its references to Academy Awards and cast credits, is how it appears on video sleeves from Columbia Pictures. But, "Immediate Family" is not a "slice-of-life comedy" with "funny performances." Perhaps they are referring to a couple of scenes where family dog "Ellen" wrestles with Ms. Close… or, maybe it's the abundance of bratty kids on screen. The misbehaving youngsters are there to show viewers Close and Mr. Wood really, REALLY want a child. Both they and the donating couple are so sweet and huggable, you just know they will make wise decisions for little William… or Andrew...

****** Immediate Family (10/27/89) Jonathan Kaplan ~ Glenn Close, James Woods, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kevin Dillon


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