What Makes a Family

What Makes a Family
Type TV Movie
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 2hr
Genres Drama
Keywords N/A
Status Completed
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Brooke Shields Actor Janine Nielssen 1 1000001
Anne Meara Actor Evelyn Cataldi 1 1000002
Cherry Jones Actor Sandy Cataldi 1 1000003
Al Waxman Actor Frank Cataldi 1 1000004
Melanie Nicholls-King Actor Nora 1 1000005
Roberta Maxwell Actor Claire 1 1000006
Dean McDermott Actor O'Brien 1 1000007
Sean McCann Actor Judge Black 1 1000008
Joanne Vannicola Actor Melissa 1 1000009
Stewart Arnott Actor Peter 1 1000010
Jordy Benattar Actor Heather Cataldi 1 1000011
Philip Williams Actor Martin Crane 1 1000012
Jayne Eastwood Actor Judge Shales 1 1000013
Whoopi Goldberg Actor Terry Harrison 1 1000014
George Buza Actor Reverend Greg Wasney 1 1000015
Roger Duna Actor Professor 1 1000016
Richard Fitzpatrick Actor Michael 1 1000017
Dawn Greenhalgh Actor Dr Gage 1 1000018
Joyce Gordon Actor Tanned Woman 1 1000019
Bill Lynn Actor Reverend at Chapel 1 1000020
Tony Meyler Actor Bailiff 1 1000021
Sonja Mills Actor Party Guest 1 1000022
Andrew Moodie Actor ICU Nurse Cecil 1 1000023
Marillo Nunez Actor Cop at Home 1 1000024
Beatriz Pizano Actor Woman at Hospital 1 1000025
Lorraine Sinclair Actor ICU Nurse 1 1000026
Reuben Thompson Actor Marco 1 1000027
Alana Turner Actor Ballet Instructor 1 1000028
Catherine Dulder Actor Cop 1 1000029
Maggie Greenwald Director n/a 2 2000001
Barbra Streisand Executive Producer n/a 174 3000001
Cis Corman Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Whoopi Goldberg Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Craig Zadan Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Neil Meron Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Wendy Grean Producer n/a 3 3000006
Tom Leonardis Co-Producer n/a 170 3000007
Robert L Freedman Co-Producer n/a 170 3000008
Dave Mace Co-Producer n/a 170 3000009
Stephanie Hagen Associate Producer n/a 171 3000010
Robert L Freedman Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
David Hood Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000001
William Spahic Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Eric J Robertson Assistant Director n/a 163 5000003
Robert Chalmers Assistant Director n/a 163 5000004
Sean Watson Assistant Director n/a 163 5000005
Gabe Fallus Location Manager n/a 193 5000006
Sheona McDonald Script Supervisor n/a 191 5000007
Elspeth Haughton Production Coordinator n/a 162 5000008
Rhett Morita Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Paul Boucher Camera Operator n/a 239 6000002
Kim Derko Camera Operator n/a 239 6000003
Richard Wilmot Steadicam Operator n/a 232 6000004
Ted Overton Assistant Camera Operator assistant camera 120849 6000005
James Tamblyn Video Playback n/a 505 6000006
Keith Reamer Editor n/a 172 7000001
Anna Josenhans Associate Editor n/a 479 7000002
David Mansfield Music n/a 120781 8000001
Allan K Rosen Music Editor n/a 214 8000002
Perri Gorrara Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Ane Christenson Set Decorator n/a 165 9000002
Astra Burka Art Director art direction 183 9000003
Susan Edelman Casting n/a 179 10000001
Mary Buck Casting n/a 179 10000002
John Buchan Casting (Toronto) 179 10000003
Catherine Ashton Assistant Costume Designer n/a 252 13000001
Suzette Daigle Costume Designer n/a 169 13000002
Heather Blurton Costume Supervisor n/a 120895 13000003
Pamela Roberts Hair key hair 120794 13000004
Marie Nardella Makeup key makeup 353 13000005
Mark DeLuca Makeup special effects makeup 353 13000006
Sherry Klein Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000001
Eric Behrend Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000002
Joel Fein Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000003
Richard V Tavtigian Sound Editor n/a 229 14000004
Marla McGuire Sound Editor n/a 229 14000005
Stuart French Sound Mixer production sound mixer 230 14000006
Peter Schalakowskyj Key Grip n/a 263 15000001
Bob McAdam Gaffer n/a 268 15000002
Barbara Pecs Production Accountant n/a 282 16000001
Fred Mendelson Construction Coordinator n/a 276 21000001
Mark Harman Property Master property manager 120805 24000001
Mark Nicholson Assistant (to Craig Zadan (Toronto)) 120820 25000001
Lisa Roth Assistant (to Craig Zadan (USA)) 120820 25000002
Matthew "Matt" Murray Production Associate n/a 120822 25000003
Travis Knox Production Associate n/a 120822 25000004
Frank Eldridge Transportation Coordinator n/a 271 25000005
Liza Rindge-Peterson Publicity publicist(Lifetime/Los Angeles) 120789 29000001
Synopsis
Two gay women have a daughter through artificial insemination. When one of them dies, the parents of the dead partner try to take the child. Based on the true story of Janine Radcliffe.<P>Janine Nielssen first comes to terms with her own sexuality when she meets Sandy Cataldi, an out-of-the-closet lesbian. They fall in love and exchange marriage vows, although the state of Florida does not legally recognize their union. Sandy becomes pregnant by artificial insemination and gives birth to a daughter, Heather. The couple raise the baby together and lead a happy family life until Sandy is diagnosed with lupus and dies when Heather is only five years old.<P>A heartbroken Janine is even more devastated when she discovers that Sandy's parents, Evelyn and Frank, to whom she was very close, have successfully gained legal custody of Heather under a state law that gives blood relatives prior claim. Grief-stricken without Sandy, and now separated from her daughter, Janine goes into an emotional collapse. Following her release from a psychiatric hospital, she picks up the pieces of her life with one resolve in mind. Enlisting a leading attorney, Terry Harrison, to fight her case, Janine appeals to the courts one more time to get her daughter back.