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The Twilight of the Golds (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 23 March 1997 (USA)
When Suzanne Stein has a genetic analysis done on her unborn child, she discovers that although she has a healthy baby, the child will most likely be born gay, like her brother, David. She ... See full summary »

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Ross Kagan Marks (as Ross Marks)

Writers:

Jonathan Tolins (play), Jonathan Tolins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Marshall ... Walter Gold
Faye Dunaway ... Phyllis Gold
Jill Bernstein Jill Bernstein ... Young Suzanne
Mark Shunkey Mark Shunkey ... Young David
Jennifer Beals ... Suzanne Stein
Brendan Fraser ... David Gold
Jon Tenney ... Rob Stein
Sean O'Bryan ... Steven
John Schlesinger ... Dr. Adrian Lodge
Rosie O'Donnell ... Jackie
Patrick Bristow ... Brandon
Rose Marks Rose Marks ... Mrs. Stein
Jill Lover ... Farm Girl / Auditioner
Robert Barry Fleming ... Randy
Lucas Richman ... Erik
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When Suzanne Stein has a genetic analysis done on her unborn child, she discovers that although she has a healthy baby, the child will most likely be born gay, like her brother, David. She must decide whether to keep the child, or to have an abortion. Her family enters a crisis about love and acceptance as she makes this difficult choice. Written by Phil Fernando

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There is no such thing as a perfect family. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jumalten hämärä See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Much better and less didactic than I expected...
10 February 2005 | by TooShortforThatGestureSee all my reviews

I have avoided watching this movie (or seeing the play upon which it is based) because I expected that it would be sort of low-quality and very "preachy." But, somehow I ended up with a VHS copy and fortunately in working my way through my VHS shelf, I got to it and threw it in the VCR for a look.

To my surprise, the film is actually pretty good. The number of strong actors in the cast helps a lot. I expected the storyline to feel mechanical but (although it is not wildly original and doesn't veer too far from where you'd expect) it actually is a step or two better than the the normal family-in-crisis-TV-movie. The actions and reactions of the characters feel reasonably realistic and not simply designed to create drama or lay out a series of points of view. And the author seems to assume that his audience has some intelligence, making his points without having any characters stand in front of a camera and "speechify." There are a couple of sort of annoying gay clichés that I would have loved to edit out, but nothing too wildly stupid.

And, of course, the underlying questions raised in the film about the coming problem of genetic engineering are both interesting and scary (and are related to any number of human characteristics beyond sexual orientation.) All-in-all, not a movie to set the world on fire, but a pretty solid and reasonably engaging piece of entertainment.


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