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Immediate Family is a 1989 drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan. It stars Glenn Close and James Woods as a married childless couple who want a baby. They decide to adopt from a pregnant teenage girl played by Mary Stuart Masterson who later gets second thoughts.

Immediate Family
Immediate family poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jonathan Kaplan
Produced by Lawrence Kasdan
Sarah Pillsbury
Midge Sanford
Written by Barbara Benedek
Music by Brad Fiedel
Cinematography John Lindley
Edited by Jane Kurson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 27, 1989 (1989-10-27)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $14 million
Box office $5,932,613[1]



The successful couple Linda Spector (Glenn Close) and Michael Spector (James Woods) have been married for ten years and desperately want to be parents. They try to conceive but are unable. They turn to an adoption agency and meet the pregnant 17-year-old Lucy (Mary Stuart Masterson). She thinks the couple can provide better for her baby than she and her boyfriend Sam (Kevin Dillon). The Spectors take care of Lucy during her pregnancy and they become close but Lucy becomes uncertain about giving up her baby.



Immediate Family received mixed reviews from critics, as the film holds a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Awards and nominationsEdit

National Board of Review of Motion Pictures

  • 1989: Won, "Best Supporting Actress" - Mary Stuart Masterson

Young Artist Award

  • 1990: Nominated, "Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" - Kevin Dillon


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