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Desperate Choices: To Save My Child (1992)

When a young girl is diagnosed with leukemia, her father and stepmother must decide if they should risk their son's life by exploring his potentiality as a bone marrow donor.

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Andy Tennant

Writers:

Sandra Jennings (story), Sandra Jennings (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Kerns ... Mel Robbins
Bruce Davison ... Richard Robbins
Joseph Mazzello ... Willy Robbins (as Joe Mazzello)
Jeremy Sisto ... Josh Ryan
Bruce McGill ... Dan Ryan
Steven Gilborn ... Dr. Andrews
Rondi Reed
Ron Canada
Reese Witherspoon ... Cassie Robbins
J.D. Hall ... Coach Watson
Phillip C. Curry ... Judge Bloom (as Phillip Curry)
William Newman ... Dr. Edwards
Debby Shively Debby Shively ... Angela Vincente
Larry Brandenburg ... Ed Foster
Shaun Duke ... Benny (as Duke Moosekian)
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Storyline

Sixteen-year-old Cassie Robbins is a spirited teenage girl, who loves her father Richard and stepmother Mel and dotes on her six-year-old half-brother Willy. But her carefree, happy life is forever changed when she is diagnosed with leukemia and her only hope of a cure lies in a bone-marrow transplant. However, when Willy proves to be a match, Mel is not-so-willing to allow her young son to undergo surgery as he nearly died the last time he was operated on after reacting badly to the anesthetic. Mel and Richard now have to decide if it's right to risk the life of one of their children to save the life of the other child, and of Willy's own rights in deciding if he should help the sister he worships. Written by Melissa J

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In order to save your dying daughter, could you risk losing your only son? See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Good for its genre and has Reese Witherspoon!
4 February 2019 | by freydis-eSee all my reviews

This is a typical made-for-TV heart-render, low budget, patchy acting and the story generally nothing that original. Let's take a family problem and do it by the usual numbers. Not my kind of thing and I watched it only because these film-makers lucked out by casting one of the best actors around, sixteen year old Reese in one of her earliest roles.

Two things are good here and they're very good. Reese was amazing even back then, lighting up every scene she's in, and that's most of them, delivering a masterclass to the more experienced folk around her - always totally believable and creating a character to really care about. The other one: here is a story with no bad guy, not even a selfish guy. Everyone is trying to look out for everyone else and yet 'the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune' can still manage to tear them apart.

Bad things. Stuff was missing. Other reviewers have complained about the ending and this is one where viewers are left to pick their own. I didn't mind that but I didn't like that the brother's opinion is never sought or listened to - only discovered by accident. Yes, he's a little kid, he can't make the decision, but that shouldn't mean no-one cares what he thinks. A conversation is missing between Cassie and Mel - they are natural allies here and this would go a long way to mitigating Mel's blind stubbornness. Finally there's no apology from Mel for that stubbornness, which has put Cassie at greater risk.

If you like this kind of film at all, watch this one - Reese Witherspoon alone makes it outstanding for its genre.


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