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A Mother's Prayer (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 2 August 1995
Rosemary Holmstrom is struggling to bring up her son following the death of her husband. When she is diagnosed with AIDS, at first she refuses to believe it, but soon turns her attentions ... See full summary »

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Larry Elikann

Writer:

Lee Rose
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Hamilton ... Rosemary Holmstrom
Noah Fleiss ... T.J. Holmstrom
Bruce Dern ... John Walker
Kate Nelligan ... Sheila Walker
RuPaul ... Deacon "Dede"
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Ruby
Corey Parker ... Spence Walker
Jenny O'Hara ... Val
Gail Strickland ... Ruth
McNally Sagal ... Dr. Kahn
Aaron Lustig ... Dr. Shapiro
Jane Whitney Jane Whitney ... Jane Whitney
Nancy Cassaro Nancy Cassaro ... Sophia
Alex Kapp ... Martha the Babysitter
James Arone ... Man at Social Services
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Rosemary Holmstrom is struggling to bring up her son following the death of her husband. When she is diagnosed with AIDS, at first she refuses to believe it, but soon turns her attentions to the problem of what will happen to her son when she dies. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Let me have the time to find him a new home. Give me the strength to do what's right. And help me find the courage to say goodbye.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for emotionally charged subject matter | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un dolce addio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Touching, Sincere, Heartfelt, In-Depth and Emotional Film
13 March 2000 | by Owen L.See all my reviews

"A Mother's Prayer" is the touching story of single mother Rosemary Holmstrom who has just been diagnosed with AIDS and is seeking to find suitable parents for her son TJ before she dies. The movie is extremely in-depth and examines her courageous determination to find a loving and caring home for her son and also examines the mother-son relationship as she struggles with AIDS and he has to adjust to the fact that he will have to live with new foster parents and lose his mother forever.

The movie is an extremely sad and moving story and it had me almost reduced to tears by the time it had ended. But it accurately and poignantly conveyed the feelings and emotions expressed by both mother and son as they undergo this traumatic ideal. And it does have a great amount of humour in it as well. It also examines a lot of issues-single parenthood, AIDs, foster parents-in an accurate but extremely sensitive way.

I liked everything about this movie. Linda Hamilton does an excellent job of portraying Rosemary Holmstrom and therefore continues her high standard of acting. Noah Fleiss ranks alongside Hayley Osment in his maturity and ability to act at such a young age and convey so much emotion. All the other actors and actresses-RuPaul and Kate Nelligan to name a few-also do an outstanding job and help to give the movie a strong sense of credibility.

A wonderfully done, touching, inspiring and ultimately excellent film. I would recommend this film to anyone and it must rank as one of my favourite films.

Rank: 10/10


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