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Custody (2016)

TV-14 | | Drama | 19 February 2017 (Spain)
The lives of three women are unexpectedly changed when they cross paths at a New York Family Court.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viola Davis ... Martha Schulman
Hayden Panettiere ... Ally Fisher
Catalina Sandino Moreno ... Sara Diaz
Tony Shalhoub ... Jason Schulman
Ellen Burstyn ... Beatrice Fisher
Raúl Esparza ... Luis Sanjuro
Dan Fogler ... Keith Denholz
Jaden Michael ... David Diaz
Bryce Lorenzo ... Tia Diaz
Nicholas L. Ashe ... Elliot Schulman
Julius Tennon ... Court Officer Joe
Karen Pittman ... Elaine Dunbar
Roger Robinson ... Martha's Father
Shacha Temirov Shacha Temirov ... Anthony (as Shakjzodbek Temirov)
Charlotte Maier Charlotte Maier ... Barnes
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The lives of three women are unexpectedly changed when they cross paths at a New York Family Court.

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Country:

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English

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Too much for a TV movie; should have been a multi-part
14 July 2017 | by mharahSee all my reviews

On the one hand, it is good to see Lifetime showcasing more quality material. Several years ago, a movie such as "Custody" would have been a rarity on Lifetime. On the other hand, this movie tried to do too much in an hour and three-quarters. There wasn't enough time to deal with the personal issues, so the legal issues got skimmed over lightly. Reviewer Da Rude makes some good points (although rather incoherent, unfortunately). The United States film industry is so fragmented right now. Too many people making ill-considered decisions that affect the quality of the final product. If "Custody" was conceived as the multi-part project which it should have been, the various themes and story lines could have been given the treatment they should have had. As it is, they weren't. Reviewer Da Rude, a resident of London, seems to have problems with US movies. Too bad, but he's right about this: The US film industry is going through a lot of turmoil right now. It has happened before, and the results have always been stronger output in the end. As far as "Custody" is concerned, Lifetime needs to be encouraged to press forward with the quality material, most particularly with quality actors such as Viola Davis. Having first-rate actors such as Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Kalember and Tony Shalhoub doing smaller roles needs to be seen in a positive light for TV movies. (The broadcast networks gave up on them years ago; reality shows and a LOT of American football have, sadly, pushed them aside.) "Custody" must be evaluated for the good direction it is taking. We need more such efforts.


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