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Immediate Family (1989)

Glenn Close , James Woods , Jonathan Kaplan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glenn Close, James Woods, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kevin Dillon, Linda Darlow
  • Directors: Jonathan Kaplan
  • Writers: Barbara Benedek
  • Producers: John H. Starke, Lawrence Kasdan, Midge Sanford, Sarah Pillsbury
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008J2EA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,684 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Academy Award(r) nominees Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, Best Actress in a Leading Role - 1988) and James Woods (Salvador, Best Actor in a Leading Role - 1986) are Michael and Linda Spector, a mature, successful couple who have everything it takes to be parents ... except a baby. Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes) and Kevin Dillon (True Crime, Midnight Clear) are Lucy and Sam, a teenage couple who have a baby on the way ... but aren't ready to be parents. Director Jonathan Kaplan (HeartLike a Wheel) and screenwriter Barbara Benedek (The Big Chill) mix laughter and tears in this funny, uplifting look at two very different couples who unexpectedly find a common bond and ultimately bring out the best in each other. Dazzling, funny performances bring a touching humanity to this slice-of-life comedy with a big heart.

Few subjects for film are as fat with moral and emotional complexity as human infertility, and the 1989 Immediate Family is an interesting, serio-comic example. Glenn Close and James Woods star as the Spectors, an aging, professional couple who can't conceive on their own. After meeting an unmarried and pregnant 17-year-old girl named Lucy (Mary Stuart Masterson), the Spectors decide to care for her until she hands over her baby to them for adoption. Everything goes according to plan until Lucy and her boyfriend (Kevin Dillon) make the bold decision that they don't want to part with their child, leaving the Spectors twisting in the wind until collective love and wisdom find a way out of this predicament. Directed by Jonathan Kaplan (The Accused), Immediate Family has an honest appeal and attractive performances, but is also noteworthy for its counterintuitive casting of a fiery Woods as a bland, conventional lead. --Tom Keogh

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it from beginning to end July 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I really enjoyed this movie. Being a parent I can understand the longing to have a child and not being able to. Up until the time that I saw Immediate Family I had never seen Woods and Close in this type of role. They were great. I also loved the music. If you're sentimental like myself, pull out the hankie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant family drama June 23, 2008
I watched this touching movie today and was absolutely riveted from start to finish. Glenn Close and James Woods play a successful couple who after 11 years of marriage still find themselves unable to have a child. They tire of medical attempts and finally decide to adopt a child. Mary Stuart Masterson and Kevin Dillon play teen parents-to-be who realise they can't raise a kid and decide to give their soon to be born baby up for adoption.

This is an emotionally heart-wrenching movie about the joys and pitfalls of adopting, on both the biological and adoptive parents. All the lead actors have done an amazing job in portraying the emotional fragility that each character goes through in the process. Glenn Close is so subtle yet riveting in her performance as a woman desperately yearning to have a baby and experience motherhood. It is a performance I shall not forget anytime soon. Her husband as played by James Woods is tender and credible in his role. Mary Stuart Masterson conveys all the fears and hopes of an unwed teen mother with a high degree of realism.

All in all, this is a wonderfully poignant family drama that will touch your heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie May 16, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of the sweetest films I've ever seen. I absolutely love Glen Close as Lynda Spector in this movie and the ending could not be more heartfelt and touching.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up! April 8, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Immediate Family is about a wealthy couple who have every thing they ever dreamed except...a baby. After several failed attempts a getting pregnant the couple find an unmarried teen couple who are about to have a baby but know they cannot support it. This is a mixture of drama and suspense and a film that the whole family would enjoy. Rent it today!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediate Family January 21, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I believe this video portrays what a young mother goes through about the tough desicion of what she should do for her baby. I believe any one who watches this video will be touch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant! September 24, 2007
By Lenna
I had never heard of this movie when I stumbled across it on TV years ago and it really moved me. I have recommended it to dozens of people over the years. It is very well done and very poignant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I've ever seen! July 26, 2008
This is a great movie! My sister and I used to watch this a long-time ago when we were just kids and I remember how touching it was then. This is a "gotta have" movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites.... May 16, 2009
This is a really sweet movie, with some very poignant moments. Excellent cast and great acting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
I saw this movie back when I was a kid, and it's just one of those films that stuck with me... Even as a kid, I could respect and understand the longing to have a baby. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss Ella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie
Published 3 months ago by Vicki Bradford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flick!
This is a really good and interesting movie. We really enjoyed this movie, it is worth watching! Enjoy this one!!
Published 5 months ago by Georgette Rath
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality
I can relate to this movie❤️ I wish I could still buy the DVD because I would buy two; one for myself and the my niece!
Published 9 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
I bought this movie because it has been a favorite of mine since first seeing it long ago. I was excited to be able to purchase it but forgot to check if it was in letterbox and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cherie
5.0 out of 5 stars Glen Close another great acting job!
How, can any Movie go wrong when Glen Close is in it, she is such a great actress, makes every movie she's in so enjoyable to watch. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Carol A. Signet
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good One
Great story delivered by four good actors that are willing to step outside of themselves and show us why we want to see more from James, Glen, Kevin and Mary.
Published on April 1, 2012 by D. Marshall
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bland and boring
I rented this mainly because of the good reviews and the strong cast. Unfortunately the cast didn't have much to work with here. Read more
Published on September 1, 2011 by Drive-In Kid
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
This is a wonderful film that I wanted to share with a friend-she called to thank me-I am sure she loved it as well
Published on August 13, 2009 by Alison Hertz
5.0 out of 5 stars imediate family
this is a great movie that will make you laugh and cry i've watched it probably a hundred times between my vhs and now dvd copies. I highly recomend it!
Published on May 1, 2009 by Stephanie A. Rankin
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