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A Child's Wish (1997)

A family discovers their youngest daughter has cancer. But the real struggle has yet to start.

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Waris Hussein

Writer:

Susan Nanus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Ed Chandler
Tess Harper ... Joanna Chandler
Anna Chlumsky ... Missy Chandler
Sarah Chalke ... Melinda
Karl David-Djerf Karl David-Djerf ... Scott
Bob Morrisey
Kevin McNulty ... Robbie
Bill Clinton ... Himself
David Lewis ... Rick
Janine Cox Janine Cox ... Karen
Aurelio DiNunzio Aurelio DiNunzio ... Hank (as Aurelio Dinunzio)
Merrilyn Gann ... Dr. Cross
Eva De Viveiros Eva De Viveiros ... Jenny
Freda Perry Freda Perry ... Lucille
Michael St. John Smith ... Bailey
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Storyline

Based loosely on the story of Melissa Weaver, who at age 10, contracted a rare form of cancer. Her father loses his job when he takes too much time away from work to care for his family during this difficult period. Enraged, both Melissa and her father decide to fight to change the law which allowed him to be fired in the first place. A primary role came in the form of the President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, who signed the Family and Medical Leave Act thus ensuring no other family would have to go through what the Weavers did. Written by mahajanssen

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Cancer killed her. But not before she made a change.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fight for Justice See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Towards the end the main character get to meet the president of the United States. The scene was shot inside the real Oval Office of the White House and Bill Clinton appeared as himself. The first time in history a serving US president willingly appears as himself in a fictitious story. See more »

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Painful
22 October 2005 | by overfedcinemafanSee all my reviews

This movie is probably John Ritter's worst work. Ritter fans should look elsewhere, particularly at his fantastic performance in "Bad Santa." It's amazing to think the same actor took part in this movie.

The only saving grace is toward the end, when Bill "The Thrill" Clinton appears playing himself. The scene is shot in the oval office and is generally very well done. Wild Bill fans should simply fast-forward to the Oval Office scene and skip the rest of the movie entirely.

If you are not a tear-jerker fan, or are a Ritter fan, see if you can get your wife to change the channel because you cannot re-live the time you'll spend having to watch this film. Bill is the only positive note in this, and it's over an hour before he appears so I don't know if it's worth hanging around.


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