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Stepmom (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 December 1998 (USA)
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A terminally-ill woman must deal with her ex-husband's new lover, who will be their children's stepmother.

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Chris Columbus

Writers:

Gigi Levangie (story), Gigi Levangie (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Isabel Kelly
Susan Sarandon ... Jackie Harrison
Ed Harris ... Luke Harrison
Jena Malone ... Anna Harrison
Liam Aiken ... Ben Harrison
Lynn Whitfield ... Dr. P. Sweikert
Darrell Larson ... Duncan Samuels
Mary Louise Wilson ... Mrs. Franklin
Andre B. Blake ... Cooper (as Andre Blake)
Herbert Russell ... Photo Assistant (as Russel Harper)
Jack Eagle Jack Eagle ... Craft Service Man
Lu Celania Sierra Lu Celania Sierra ... Photo Shoot Model
Lauma Zemzare Lauma Zemzare ... Photo Shoot Model
Holly Schenck Holly Schenck ... Photo Shoot Model
Michelle Stone Michelle Stone ... Photo Shoot Model
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Storyline

Anna and Ben, the two children of Jackie and Luke, must cope with the fact that their parents divorced and their father is now with successful photographer Isabel. She does her best to treat the kids in a way that makes them still feel at home when they're with their dad, but she also loves her work and doesn't plan to give it up. But full-time mother Jackie finds Isabel's efforts offensively insufficient and can't understand that work can be important to her as well as the kids. The conflict between them is deepened by the sudden diagnosis of cancer, which might be deadly for Jackie. They all have to learn a little in order to grow together. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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When Two Woman Share One Family See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Class Divided See more »

Filming Locations:

Bedford, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,142,440, 27 December 1998

Gross USA:

$91,137,662

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,710,793
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS (re-release) (2002)| SDDS (re-release) (2002)| Dolby Digital (re-release) (2002)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The song that Isabel (Julia Roberts) sings to Ben (Liam Aiken) in the hospital is "If I Needed You". It was recorded by Roberts' ex-husband Lyle Lovett on his 1998 album "Step Inside This House". The song was originally written and performed by Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt in 1972. See more »

Goofs

Ben surprises Isabel by hiding inside the kitchen cabinets. However, in the next shot of the open cabinets you can see clearly that there was no space for him to fit inside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
DJ Scott Zoe: [the morning DJ on the radio] Hey, good morning, New York. Scott Zoe here at 102.7, WNEW-FM, where rock lives. Beautiful autumn day in the city, and a great record coming your way, too.
[the song Under Pressure by David Bowie plays]
Isabel: [Isabel gets up in a rush to go and wake up Ben] Ben? Ben? Ben. Get up, get up, get up. Late, late, late. Ben? Come on, honey. Get up. We're seriously late.
[...]
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Connections

References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Written by Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford (as Nickolas Ashford)
Performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Courtesy of Motown Record Company L.P.
By Arrangement with PolyGram FIlm and TV Music
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Touching
14 March 2003 | by QueenMakeda84See all my reviews

A sweet and honest movie. It's definitely a family film. I liked the relationship of having to fill someone's shoes in a sense, because people are so attached to them. Sarandon was awesome of course. She carried her part with grace and the feral intensity of a mama bear. Nothing got over on her and I liked that because she wasn't going to be around much longer. It wasn't about sizing up the competition, but making sure she was the right person her kids could grow up with instead of her. It was heartfelt and real. Great film.


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