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A Father for Brittany (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 15 March 1998
Keith and Kim Lussier are a childless couple who are given custody of a 3-month-old foster child, Brittany. However, tragedy strikes when Kim dies of cancer in the middle of the adoption ... See full summary »

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Scott Swanton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew McCarthy ... Keith Lussier
Michael Learned ... Edna Humphreys
Teri Polo ... Kim Lussier
Linda Sorensen ... Marge Lussier
Chuck Shamata ... Bob Minkowitz
Andrew Tarbet ... Jack
Jonathan Welsh Jonathan Welsh ... Robert Lussier
Shirley Knight ... Donna Minkowitz
Diana Belshaw Diana Belshaw ... Bea
Robert Bockstael Robert Bockstael ... Atty. Sam Turturro
Linda Brooks Linda Brooks ... Reporter #1
Hugo Dann Hugo Dann ... Father John
Dan Duran Dan Duran ... Field Reporter
Deborah Grover ... Judge Harriot Richardson
Judah Katz ... Jacobs
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Storyline

Keith and Kim Lussier are a childless couple who are given custody of a 3-month-old foster child, Brittany. However, tragedy strikes when Kim dies of cancer in the middle of the adoption process, leaving Keith to fight for Brittany's custody alone. Written by Brian Henke <Cincy43235@aol.com>

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Keith was helpless to save his wife from an incurable illness, but he will fight to save his baby daughter from an unjust system.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Child in Question See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Two versions? It's not that bad....
24 January 2008 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

Apparently a different version was released in the U.K. Over here we saw the sanitized version I suppose. Perhaps in the future we will have less censorship regarding gay adoption.

Still Andrew McCarthy is acceptable as a widowed father who needs to hold onto his adoptive daughter Brittany. Terri Polo, his wife suddenly succumbs to cancer, and he is left with just the grandparents to raise his child. The agency, the premise (in this version) is that he can no longer have his daughter, as the agency adopts only to father and mother. In this country with currently, a 51% divorce rate, that would not be a practical statute for an adoption agency to enforce. Having worked with attorneys who foster adoption here from Roumania, the children are certainly adopted out to single mothers AND fathers.

There are some good scenes with Shirley Knight ("As Good As it Gets") and McCarthy is very good as the father only wanting to love his daughter and retain legal custody. 8/10.


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