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Strange Relations [DVD] [2001]

  • SKU: 5930139
  • Release Date: 11/04/2003
  • Rating: R
This comedy drama about a man who learns some surprising things about his family during a life crisis gets a spare presentation for its release on DVD. Strange Relations has been given a full-frame transfer to disc in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio, in English, has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. No multiple language options have been included, but the dialogue is closed captioned in English. No bonus material has been added for this edition.

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    Strange Relations
    Originally filmed in 2001 under the title "My Beautiful Son," the made-for-cable Strange Relations stars comedian Paul Reiser in the largely noncomic role of 39-year-old Manhattan psychiatrist Dr. Jerry Lipman. Diagnosed with leukemia, Lipman desperately seeks out a close relative -- any close relative -- for a crucial bone marrow transplant. The news from his mother, Esther Lipman (Olympia Dukakis), is both dispiriting and shocking; Jerry, it seems, was adopted as an infant, and his real family is in far-off England. Flying to Liverpool in search of that all-important donor, Jerry is reunited with his birth mother, an earthy Liverpudlian named Sheila Fizpatrick (Julie Walters). The ensuing rapport between stars Reiser and Walters is ample compensation for the film's weaker passages and unbelievable plot contrivances. Lensed on-location in New York City and London, Strange Relations made its Showtime network bow on March 31, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Paul Reiser
      Paul Reiser - Dr. Jerry Lipman
    • Julie Walters
      Julie Walters - Sheila Fitzpatrick
    • Olympia Dukakis
      Olympia Dukakis - Esther Lipman
    • Tony Maudsley
      Tony Maudsley - Frank
    • Ian Puleston-Davies
      Ian Puleston-Davies - Derek

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Touching without being complete sap

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      I'll admit, the plot is far-fetched. A man over forty years of age never suspected he was adopted and his parents never thought to tell him until after the father had died and the mother found out he'd been diagnosed with leukemia. While the basic components are standard TV Movie stuff, the script, the cast, and the performances elevate it to levels that are far superior most cable productions.

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