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The Memory Keeper's Daughter

4.1 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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In 1964, Dr. David Henry (Dermot Mulroney) separated his daughter from her twin brother to hide the daughter's Down Syndrome from his wife. Entrusting the baby to a nurse (Emily Watson), David cut off all contact to focus on his wife (Gretchen Mol)and his son. Over the next 25 years, his disabled daughter grows into a beautiful adult while David watches the rest of his family fall apart, knowing he can never reveal his darkest secret.

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Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, The Memory Keeper's Daughter is an emotional drama dealing with a family secret that eventually destroys a family. David (Dermot Mulroney) and Norah (Gretchen Mol) are the perfect couplel; he is a highly regarded physician and she is his beautiful, young, blond wife. Unable to get his wife to the hospital during a blizzard, David delivers their twins himself. A boy is born first--pink, ruddy, and healthy--but the baby girl is a "mongoloid" who has Down Syndrome. There's a saying that some doctors suffer from a God complex, and it would seem that David is one of them; instead of sharing the news with his wife after she wakes up, he makes the decision that he will tell her that only their son survived. He orders his nurse Caroline (Emily Watson) to take his daughter to an institution. There is a feeling of unrest and uncertainty as the characters sense that something isn't quite right. Norah, who never got to say goodbye to her baby, has never been able to get closure and is in a constant state of grieving. David lives with the guilt of what he has done, but doesn't really think he did anything wrong. Even their son feels that something is missing from his life. Caroline, who had always been a loner, winds up having the most complete life. Defying David's orders, she takes the little girl, Phoebe, and runs away with her to raise the girl as her own. At turns poignant and at other times maudlin, The Memory Keeper's Daughter offers some excellent acting by the leads. Watson in particular shows depth and compassion. To a certain extent, she is the moral compass of the film, but she also is the film's heart. --Jae-Ha Kim

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  • Actors: Gretchen Mol, Dermot Mulroney, Emily Watson, David Christoffel, William Stordy
  • Directors: Mick Jackson
  • Producers: Michael Mahoney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, Thai, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D7T6AY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" on IMDb

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Others told the plot so I won't go there.

I never read the book, but because of the poor reviews here, I will. However,I just watched this for the second time on TV and loved it (again).Yes, it's "cheesey" as one other reviewer put it but no more so than many,many other made for TV movies.I like "cheesey" or as I'd rather say "sappy".I'm not looking for a blockbuster of a movie on Lifetime. It's the type of movie you'd expect from them.I did have a few tears run down my cheek at the end.( sappy )If you're looking for a great production...look elsewhere but if you want the type of movie Lifetime puts out....go for it. I didn't have any trouble following along having not read the book.
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If you've read the book first, don't waste your time watching the movie because you will be sorely disappointed. The director has left out characters from the book and key parts of the story, leaving the movie a mess and hard to follow. I liked the book, but anyone who watches this is certainly not going to be pused to read it. It's the worst case of book to movie I've ever seen!
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THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER in the form of a novel by Kim Edwards was a highly successful bestseller and probably was featured in more reading groups than any other novel during its circulation. So what happened when the novel became a made-for-television movie? Perhaps it is the below mediocre screenplay (oops!, teleplay!) by John Pielmeier that consistently galumphs along in an awkward pedestrian fashion removing all sense of credibility to the story. Perhaps it is the cut and paste direction by Mick Jackson that misses the pacing and character delineation. Perhaps it suffers from the cinematography of an uncredited source or the 'liquid tears' musical score by Daniel Licht. For whatever of these (or all of these) reasons, this novel-to-film survives because it does make a good case for educating the public about the capabilities of those born with Down Syndrome. And for that it is worthy of attention.

Dr. David Henry (Dermot Mulroney), a successful orthopedic doctor, is married to the beautiful Norah (Gretchen Mol) and their lives are becoming changed by their pregnancy. On a stormy winter night in Kentucky Norah goes into labor and the Henry's rush to a nearby clinic where David delivers his wife (the doctor is caught in a snowstorm) with the assistance of his old friend, nurse Caroline Gill (Emily Watson). After the delivery of a perfect boy child (Paul) Norah continues to be in labor and (surprisingly...) delivers an unexpected (!) twin girl.
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I loved the book when I read it several years ago so I was curious about whether or not the movie would stay true to the story. As well as I recall, it did a decent job. A moving film about a man who gives up his handicapped daughter and tells his wife the baby had died.
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I bought this movie because I have the book. The movie does follow the book. It is a disturbing story. It is about a man that delivered his wife's twins and one was a mongaloid (don't know how to spell). He asked the nurse to take the baby away and never let his wife know. His lies all but drove him crazy and ruins his life in my opinion. Spoiler alert. His wife never finds out until her husband's death. In the end, she and her son meet his twin sister. The nurse raised her and did a really good job. The movie leaves you thinking that they will all remain with their current families but will continue to see each other. Disturbing movie with a sweet ending.
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This is a really good, but heartbreaking movie. It ends on a somewhat happy note, but is pretty sad throughout. I love Dermot Mulroney, so that is what drew me to the film. Love, love, love the actors who portray "Phoebe" in the film and the different ages of her life. Precious girls.
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Very moving story well portrayed by Emily Watson, Dermot Mulroney, and the entire cast. Excellent example of parents' struggle with difficult decisions and the impact on the lives of those involved, including guilt and regrets experienced over time. Also highlights the challenges and struggles of children with special needs and society's response to those needs.
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I bought this book and LOVED IT! I talked about it at work and passed it on to a friend. Right before I finished the book, I found the movie and was excited for my next day off to watch it. Today I bought it. It was the only way to watch it. Well I wish I could have the $3.99 back because this movie is alwful!! (Even for lifetime.) I had to stop watching after 38 minutes in. I figured it HAD to get better, but did not. Bad acting, bad camera shots, and huge chunks of the book missing. It seemed as though the script was read once and they started filming. The book it SO much better. Buy the book!!!
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