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Immediate Family

4.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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Product Description

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.

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Kevin Dillon, Mary Masterson, Glenn Close, James Woods
  • Directors: Jonathan Kaplan
  • Producers: Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • 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 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008J2EA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,177 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Immediate Family" on IMDb

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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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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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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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By A Customer on April 8, 2001
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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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By A Customer on January 21, 2000
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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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By Lenna on September 24, 2007
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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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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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This is a really sweet movie, with some very poignant moments. Excellent cast and great acting.
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