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A Child's Wish (1997)

A family discovers their youngest daughter has cancer. But the real struggle has yet to start.

Director:

Waris Hussein

Writer:

Susan Nanus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Ed Chandler
Tess Harper ... Joanna Chandler
Anna Chlumsky ... Missy Chandler
Sarah Chalke ... Melinda
Karl David-Djerf Karl David-Djerf ... Scott
Bob Morrisey
Kevin McNulty ... Robbie
Bill Clinton ... Himself
David Lewis ... Rick
Janine Cox Janine Cox ... Karen
Aurelio DiNunzio Aurelio DiNunzio ... Hank (as Aurelio Dinunzio)
Merrilyn Gann ... Dr. Cross
Eva De Viveiros Eva De Viveiros ... Jenny
Freda Perry Freda Perry ... Lucille
Michael St. John Smith ... Bailey
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Storyline

Based loosely on the story of Melissa Weaver, who at age 10, contracted a rare form of cancer. Her father loses his job when he takes too much time away from work to care for his family during this difficult period. Enraged, both Melissa and her father decide to fight to change the law which allowed him to be fired in the first place. A primary role came in the form of the President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, who signed the Family and Medical Leave Act thus ensuring no other family would have to go through what the Weavers did. Written by mahajanssen

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Cancer killed her. But not before she made a change.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fight for Justice See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Towards the end the main character get to meet the president of the United States. The scene was shot inside the real Oval Office of the White House and Bill Clinton appeared as himself. The first time in history a serving US president willingly appears as himself in a fictitious story. See more »

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Predictable from the second minute
10 August 2000 | by GSchizasSee all my reviews

It could be a nice film, but it was too predictable. The script was shouting it was made for TV. It might be a true story, but at some points it seemed too much that a lot of events were put together just for the dramatical effect of them, and it came out too unrealistic. It was a good thing watching Anna Chlumsky in a more mature role, but I thought that role was tailor-made exactly for that purpose. It was also a surprize seeing the final guest star, playing himself, and in fact a reason for searching IMDb for this movie!


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