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Baby (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 8 October 2000
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A couple finds a baby on their doorstep with a note asking them to temporarily keep it. They take the baby in and care for it as if it were their own. But what if the baby's mom really returns to claim it?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farrah Fawcett ... Lily Malone
Keith Carradine ... John Malone
Jean Stapleton ... Byrd
Alison Pill ... Larkin Malone
Vincent Berry Vincent Berry ... Lalo Baldetti
Ann Dowd ... Ms. Minifred
Sebastian Roché ... Rebel Clark
Paula Malcomson ... Julia
Kyra Harper ... Marvella Baldelli
Cheyenne Heath Cheyenne Heath ... Baby Sophie
Kailee Heath Kailee Heath ... Baby Sophie
Kassandra Collins Kassandra Collins ... Toddler Sophie
Coreena Collins Coreena Collins ... Toddler Sophie
Gil Filar Gil Filar ... Ozzie
Lauren Collins ... Portia Pinter
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A couple finds a baby on their doorstep with a note asking them to temporarily keep it. They take the baby in and care for it as if it were their own. But what if the baby's mom really returns to claim it?

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When tragedy struck her family, the healing began with very small steps.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un intrus dans la famille See more »

Filming Locations:

Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Color
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Uncommonly haunting telefilm about an abandoned child's affect on a rural island family.
1 September 2000 | by rbailey-2See all my reviews

This strangely affecting film has the look and feel of a well-produced indie film. "Baby" is exquisitely shot and uniformly well-acted - propelling it miles above the sea of mediocrity that is TV. The deliberate pace avoids cliched melodrama in favor of character development. Although quiet and slow, "Baby" is well-worth sticking with.

I don't want to give too much away, but the central family (played by Farrah Fawcett, Keith Carridine, Jean Stapleton and Alison Pill) is scarred from a tragedy in the past. The arrival of an abandoned baby simultaneously wreaks havoc and brings joy upon the family. Producer Glenn Close offers affecting narratioin that never becomes obtrusive.

It's nice to see Farrah sporting dark hair, with her wrinkles in full glory as Lily. This is her best role in years, and she radiates warmth and (flawed) humanity. Be warned, though, her non-sex symbol appearance will be a bit jarring.

Stapelton has never been better as Bird, erasing any memory of her beloved Edith Bunker portrayal within her first seconds onscreen. As Lily's husband, Carridine has risen from TV B-movie hell to give a subtle performance that ranks as his finest work since 1975's "Nashville."

The real revelation here, however, is young newcomer Alison Pill. She simply rocks and deserves a career marked by longevity and accolades. Her eyes parlay a wealth of emotions, sometimes with little or no dialogue. Her work here ranks with the best performances from young actors (i.e. Tatum O'Neal in "Paper Moon," Haley Joel Osment in "The Sixth Sense") and neatly avoids being cutesy and annoying.

If you liked "Good Will Hunting," "Ordinary People" or "One True Thing," this flick could be for you. Give it a chance.


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