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Strange Relations (2001)

My Beautiful Son (original title)
Jerry Lipman (Paul Reiser) is a successful New York City psychiatrist who is diagnosed with leukemia. When he tells his mother, she reveals that he was adopted from a young Catholic girl ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Seed

Writer:

Tim Kazurinsky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Reiser ... Jerry Lipman
Amber Sealey ... Ellen (as Amber Rose Sealey)
Lachele Carl Lachele Carl ... Sharna
George Wendt ... Howard
Catherine Porter ... Party Girl
Todd Boyce ... Oncologist
Olympia Dukakis ... Esther Lipman
Nicola Barnfield Nicola Barnfield ... Gwen
Mary Cunningham Mary Cunningham ... Mrs. Brailsford
Julie Walters ... Sheila Fitzpatrick
Amy Robbins Amy Robbins ... Maureen
Gregory Fossard Gregory Fossard ... Antony
Rowan Humphries Rowan Humphries ... Emma
Tony Maudsley ... Frank
Suzanne Hitchmough Suzanne Hitchmough ... Mavis
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Storyline

Jerry Lipman (Paul Reiser) is a successful New York City psychiatrist who is diagnosed with leukemia. When he tells his mother, she reveals that he was adopted from a young Catholic girl called Sheila (Dame Julie Walters) in Liverpool, England. Jerry's desperation for a bone marrow transplant leads him to working-class Liverpool to find his mother and see if he has any siblings. Along the way, he finds out more about himself than he knew. Written by beingbettedavis

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Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and some drug content
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Quotes

Jerry Lipman: Toxteth, mother. Tox-teth. Yeah, sort of a combination of the words "toxic" and "death".
Esther Lipman: So it's a slum?
Jerry Lipman: It aspires to be a slum.
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This movie has everything
8 December 2002 | by bill_russellSee all my reviews

This has everything. I mean EVERYTHING. A very good plot and storyline with a major, unforeseen twist, excellent acting, huge emotional attachment, a really fun and witty dialogue, educational, with excellent acting, good DP work with a backdrop of Liverpool and NYC, decent music and sound engineering. I LOVED this movie.

But for some reason, probably at the agreement of Granada (UK) and Showtime (US) it was never really pushed as a theatrical release (most likely poor marketing and publicity). The credits are done very cheaply and this suggests Showtime and Granada either a) ran out of money or b) didn't believe in it. Either way, a major shame.

This is a gem!

Just watch it and let yourself be emotionally moved in all directions.


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