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Deep in My Heart (1998)

Cara Buono , Alice Krige , Anita W. Addison  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cara Buono, Alice Krige, Albert Schultz, Jordan Smith, Lynn Whitfield
  • Directors: Anita W. Addison
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Direct Source Label
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O785VA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An adopted woman (Gloria Reuben), diagnosed with a severe medical condition is forced to find her birth mother in this fact-based story. Her search leads her to the discovery that her mother (Anne Bancroft) was white and had been raped by a black man in 1961 Boston. She gave the child up to a black foster mother (Lynn Whitfield), who had been forced to give the child up at age 7. She was then adopted by white parents, which left her life in turmoil.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
There are a number of very interesting issues presented in this movie. The first one is the question of what to do when a girl is raped and becomes pregnant. Abortion? If so, the world would have missed the great Gospel/jazz singer, Mahilia Jackson. In this case, it is a cross-racial rape. Barbara Ann's mother felt that giving her daughter up to be adopted by a black family would make it easier for the innocent infant. Then, social services screwed up and 'forgot' about Barbara Ann until she was seven years old, and bonded with a very loving - indeed, saintly - foster mother. So, she was jerked out of the only family she knew and loved to be sent half way across the country to a white Liberal, yuppie couple who seemed to want a child more for 'political correctness' reasons than genuine love and understanding of the child's needs.

One aspect that my wife and I especially appreciated was that the Catholic faith of Barbara Ann's birth family was shown to be very important to them, and it was treated with great respect. Her birth mom was shown to pray before finally making the call that would eventually reunite her with the girl she'd given up years before. Take note, also, that the first time Barbara Ann smiled after leaving her foster mother was also in a Protestant African American church, where a wonderful young teen boy noticed her. They eventually graduated from school, married and had five children!

This is the true story of the life of a little girl who seemed to be nearly irrelevant to the needs of the social system. Every family with adopted children will not want to miss this movie. It is one that will, several times, raise a lump in your throat if you have any empathy for children. Even more important, it is a story of the triumph of the human spirit that will leave you feeling happy you spent the time to watch it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naptown rolling reviews March 10, 2008
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I watched this movie yesterday and could not stop crying!!! It was so moving on so many different levels!! Anne Bancroft and Lynn Whitfield are extraordinary as well as Gloria Rueben and Jesse L. Martin!!! I am buying this movie for my collection. What a positive movie that did not placate the roles and effects of what adoption and sometine interracial placements can have on young lives. I was so touched and cannot encourage this movie to be bought.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Done!!! June 5, 2007
This is a nicely done film about an adopted daughter with a severe medical condition forcing to search for her biological mother!!It's well worth watching!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed. June 21, 2008
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I remember seeing this movie on TV several years ago and enjoyed it. So when I found it on DVD I wanted it in my personal collection.

It is a story of love, and heartbreak.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Birthright December 6, 2008
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This unusual movie could be used as a teaching tool in many types of classrooms, simply because it dramatizes the heartache of rape, the plight of some foster children being taken from a home they know and love but mostly, it is about overcoming all the odds and finding peace.

Of course, in this dramatization, the full circle of birth mother to foster mother to adoptive mother to becoming a mother was brilliantly written, superbly acted and a moving experience for the viewer.

The final lesson would be that no matter what the circumstance, no matter the race, no matter the lost time, a resolution can always be reached to a satisfactory conclusion. A beautiful story, beautifully told.
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