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An Unexpected Family (1996)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 4 December 1996
When Ruth Whitney abandons her two children with her sister Barbara is left to take care of them, at first none of them like it but soon they grow to like each other. Then over a year later... See full summary »

Director:

Larry Elikann

Writer:

Lee Rose
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Barbara Whitney
Stephen Collins ... Sam
Christine Ebersole ... Ruth Whitney
Noah Fleiss ... Matt Whitney
Chelsea Russo Chelsea Russo ... Megan Whitney
Jenny O'Hara ... Harriet Rothman
Ken Pogue ... Judge Whitlock
Benjamin Ratner ... Harry Weinstock
Sarah Strange ... Claudia
Kevin McNulty ... Goldani
BJ Harrison ... Court Clerk
Fulvio Cecere ... Detective Barry Fox
Barry W. Levy ... Brian
Rory J. Aylward ... Paramedic
Charles Siegel Charles Siegel ... Dr. Fred
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Storyline

When Ruth Whitney abandons her two children with her sister Barbara is left to take care of them, at first none of them like it but soon they grow to like each other. Then over a year later Ruth comes back saying she wants her kids and Barbara goes to court to fight for custody. Written by Angela Crawford

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az égből pottyant család See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Barbara tells Matt and Meghan that she is nervous about them walking to school on thier own. Matt makes a comment on how she made them watch the movie Without a Trace (1983) 10 times. Stockard Channing was one of the stars of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Matt Whitney: That's a stupid reason
Barbara Whitney: One of many you'll come across as you grow up.
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Connections

Followed by An Unexpected Life (1998) See more »

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Nice sets, well shot, shame about the plot.
16 September 1999 | by sid-46See all my reviews

This is the sort of film which provides schedulers with material to fill those mid-week afternoon slots, where the citeria is "family", "inoffensive" and "bland". A cast of competent actors, led by the talented Stockard Channing struggle with poorly written lines and a predictable, lame plot. One to watch when you've finished watching the paint dry.


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