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What Makes a Family (2001)

A women, artificially inseminated, gives birth, then dies, and her partner must fight to regain custody of their child.

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Maggie Greenwald
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brooke Shields ... Janine Nielssen
Cherry Jones ... Sandy Cataldi
Anne Meara ... Evelyn Cataldi
Al Waxman ... Frank Cataldi
Whoopi Goldberg ... Terry Harrison
Jordy Benattar Jordy Benattar ... Heather Cataldi
Melanie Nicholls-King ... Nora
Stewart Arnott ... Peter
Joanne Vannicola ... Melissa
Roberta Maxwell ... Claire
Dean McDermott ... O'Brien
Sean McCann ... Judge Black
Philip Williams ... Martin Crane
Jayne Eastwood ... Judge Shales
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Buza ... Reverend Greg Wasney
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Storyline

Brooke Shields believes she has finally found happiness, now that she and her partner (Cherry Jones) have a child. But when Jones passes away five years later and her scheming parents apply for custody behind Shields' back, an affecting struggle ensues. Written by <tom@fave.co.uk>

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Because she loved a woman, she may lose the right to keep her child.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A másik anya See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Trivia

Based on the true story of Janine Ratcliffe and Joan Perlman. See more »

Goofs

At the time of Sandy's death, it is obviously Christmastime (Heather asking about decorating the tree/Christmas music playing in scene just before Sandy's seizure; Christmas decorations present after Sandy's death during dinner scene with Janine, Peter and his partner discussing Janine's rights with Heather.) When Janine reads Sandy's obituary, a brief shot of the clipping states Sandy's death date as Friday, June 29, 2000 (which was actually a Thursday.) See more »

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As Long As You Love (Scarlet Wings)
Written and Performed by Cindy Bullens
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What a statement!
1 February 2001 | by kelley1717See all my reviews

I was so impressed with the story and the acting in this movie. It really moved me and I was unable to sleep after watching it. I believe LOVE transcends everything. Whether you are in a heterosexual relationship or a homosexual relationship, Love is Love. I think it is grossly unfair for two people who love each other to not have any rights in that love just because they are the same sex. Florida needs to get with the program.

I applaud the people who produced and acted in this movie for their courage, and especially the people who had to go through this ordeal for real.


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