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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,675,344, 29 October 1989

Gross USA:

$5,932,613

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,932,613
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer Sarah Pillsbury has said of this film: "We were referred to as the crying producers because every time [screenwriter] Barbara Benedek showed us a new scene, we cried. But the script is also very funny. Our feeling is, even in the most tragic moments, human beings are funny." 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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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

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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subtle vignettes make the movie
21 August 2008 | by schell2See all my reviews

As someone who went through much of what the movie portrays, I think it was beautifully written and felt true to life. I think the most wonderful thing about this movie are the subtle vignettes - like when Michael Spector is at a baseball game and sees a boy on his dad's shoulder ... everything becomes slow motion around it. And I absorbed the subtle shots of Linda dealing with everyday life and job, while going through treatments ... not many words had to be spoken to understand her sadness and stress. The insensitive doctors, friends, and the imperfections of Michael and Linda were important to understanding the layers involved. There were some touching and subtle moments between the Linda and Lucy that were great to see. Lucy's character was likable and genuine. A few years after this movie was released, I entered into an open adoption. When listing my favorite movies of all time, this one makes the list of my top ten, and I often recommend it to friends going through a similar situation.


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