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Losing Isaiah
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Losing Isaiah

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

Cast: Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, David Strathairn

 

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Two women of dramatically different social, economic, and ethnic circumstances find themselves locked into a bitter child custody dispute in this emotionally powerful drama. Khailia Richards (Halle Berry) is a poor and drug-addicted single mother who, while stumbling out of a crack house one night, accidentally leaves her infant son Isaiah in a cardboard box near a

Overview

Two women of dramatically different social, economic, and ethnic circumstances find themselves locked into a bitter child custody dispute in this emotionally powerful drama. Khailia Richards (Halle Berry) is a poor and drug-addicted single mother who, while stumbling out of a crack house one night, accidentally leaves her infant son Isaiah in a cardboard box near a trash heap. The next morning, Khailia realizes to her horror that she left her baby behind, and she runs back to the crack spot to retrieve him. However, the baby is missing, and after much search, she presumes that he must be dead. As it turns out, the baby was spotted in the nick of time by sanitation workers and rushed to a hospital, where at the insistence of social worker Margaret Lewin (Jessica Lange) the baby's life was saved. Margaret's heart goes out to the baby, who, along with illnesses brought about by neglect, suffers from emotional and educational problems often associated with children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy. Margaret adopts Isaiah and raises the child with the help of her husband Charles (David Strathairn). Four years later, Khailia has successfully gone through drug rehabilitation and holds down a steady and responsible job as a nanny and housekeeper. She learns by chance that Isaiah is still alive, and she quickly hires an attorney, Kadar Lewis (Samuel L. Jackson), to help her reclaim custody of her son. However, Margaret loves the child and is not about to give him up without a battle in court. LaTanya Richardson plays Caroline Jones, the attorney Kadar Lewis squares off against in court; in real life, Richardson and Jackson are married.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
UPC:
0097363283645
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital; English 5.1 surround; English Dolby surround; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Lange Margaret Lewin
Halle Berry Khaila Richards
David Strathairn Charles Lewin
Cuba Gooding Eddie Hughes
Daisy Eagan Actor
Samuel L. Jackson Kadar Lewis
La Tanya Richardson Caroline Jones
Regina Taylor Gussie
Jacqueline Brookes Judge Silbowitz
Joie Lee Marie
Marc John Jefferies Isaiah

Technical Credits
Stephen Gyllenhaal Director
Bill Arnold Art Director
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Aleta Helena Chappelle Casting
Naomi Foner Producer,Screenwriter
Cydney M. Harris Set Decoration/Design
Jay R. Hart Set Decoration/Design
Mark Isham Score Composer,Songwriter
Howard W. Koch Producer
Mary Malin Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Harvey Rosenstock Editor
Ellen H. Schwartz Asst. Director
Timothy R. Sexton Consultant/advisor
Suzan Wexler Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Isaiah Lost [10:34]
2. Hitting Bottom [4:59]
3. Alone [4:58]
4. Lovely Weather for Ducks [5:26]
5. Temptation [9:15]
6. Tracking Isaiah [7:04]
7. A Mother's Rights [7:28]
8. Cable Man [8:56]
9. Transformed [5:22]
10. Judged [6:24]
11. Mother [5:59]
12. What About Love? [5:34]
13. Losing Isaiah [6:20]
14. Khaila's World [7:26]
15. And a Little Child Shall Lead Them... [6:16]
16. End Credits [4:36]

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