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My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

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Drama, Family

My Sister’s Keeper is drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva, Jason Patric, and Alec Baldwin. Based on Jodi Picoult’s 2004 novel of the same name, on June 26, 2009 the film was released to cinemas in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

Kate Fitzgerald has acute promyelocytic leukemia. As neither her parents, firefighter Brian and lawyer Sara, nor older brother Jesse are a genetic match, Dr. Chance, Kate’s oncologist, suggests designer in vitro fertilization. Anna is born as a savior sister.

Beginning with the harvest of her umbilical cord at birth, over the next 11 years Anna donates compatible organs, blood, stem cells and tissue to Kate. Anna’s life is one of hospitalizations, growth hormone injections, opioid painkillers, sleeping pills, bleeding, and infections. While Sara has no qualms over using Anna’s body to treat Kate’s, Brian is closer to Anna and has misgivings over their treatment of her.

At age 15 Kate goes into kidney failure and Anna knows she will be required to donate one of hers. She realizes that having just a single kidney will restrict her life; precluding playing sports, drinking alcohol, maybe even having children, and putting her at risk should her one remaining kidney ever have an issue. Anna sues her parents for medical emancipation and the rights to her own body. Brian understands, though Sara is indignant.

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Writers: Jeremy Leven, Nick Cassavetes, Jodi Picoult (novel)

Stars: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Sofia Vassilieva, Jason Patric, Evan Ellingson, Joan Cusack

Cast:

Abigail BreslinAnna Fitzgerald
Walter RaneyPawn Shop Proprietor
Sofia VassilievaKate Fitzgerald
Cameron DiazSara Fitzgerald
Heather WahlquistAunt Kelly
Jason PatricBrian Fitzgerald
Evan EllingsonJesse Fitzgerald
Alec BaldwinCampbell Alexander
Nicole Marie LenzGloria
Paul ButlerJesse age 3
Olivia HancockKate age 2
Jeffrey MarkleDr. Wayne
Emily DeschanelDr. Farquad
John DeRosaEMT
Marcos A. FerraezEMT
Noni Tulk-PernaEllen
Matthew BarryUncle Tommy
Annie WoodUncle Tommy’s Wife
Mark JohnsonUncle Pervis
Chris KinkadeDr. Nguyen
David ThorntonDr. Chance
Elizabeth DailyNurse Susan
Rico SimoniniProcess Server
Frank CassavetesGus
David BortolucciHarry
Olivia Jade FineAnna Age 6
Andrew SchaffNurse Stephen
Brennan BaileyJesse Age 10
Andrew ShackLawyer for Previous Case
Angel GarciaGangbanger’s Mom
Joan CusackJudge De Salvo
Frank PelusoBailiff #2
Daniel GuzmanGangbanger’s Lawyer
Paul OlguinGangbanger
Rick SalomonBailiff Bert
Mimi FletcherDe Salvo’s Secretary
Lin ShayeNurse Adele
Eric CuetoStreet Hustler
Lexi Kiana RyanStreet Hustler
Nina BarryMiss Swearingen
Thomas DekkerTaylor Ambrose
Ellia EnglishNurse Alice
Mary Jo DeschanelSaleswoman
Jonah JohnsonLead Prom Singer
Rob GilesProm Guitarist
Kaiulani KimbrellBackup Prom Singer
Dylan ShowalterProm Bass Player
Jarred TibbettsProm Drummer
Precious HanleyMandy
Michael ChowDr. Chow
Jonathan MoonvesPercy Smith, Esquire
Don AbernathyUpscale Businessman
Roy Allen IIILawyer
Charan AndreasTransvestite
Lynn ClaytonThe Dancer
Paul EdneyFuneral Mourner
Karla ElizondoClub Goer
Lubella GaunaNurse
Tommy GerritsNephew of Andromeda Anna Fitzgeraid
Gilley GreyEMT #3
Keith KraftParamedic
Sara LeonFriend at School
Nicole Leanne NelsonFamily Member
Ryan PreimesbergerCourt Clerk
Retson RossSchool Classmate
TaiElephant
Kaleti WilliamsBouncer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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