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My Sister's Keeper

109 min
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Nick Cassavetes
4 wins & 3 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2009-06-26
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Budget: $30,000,000
Opening Weekend: $12,442,212 (USA) (28 June 2009)
Gross: $49,185,998 (USA) (4 October 2009)
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
My Sister's Keeper
Jason Patric
Jason Patric
My Sister's Keeper
Nina Barry
Nina Barry
My Sister's Keeper
Evan Ellingson
Evan Ellingson
My Sister's Keeper
Abigail Breslin
Abigail Breslin
My Sister's Keeper
David Bortolucci
David Bortolucci
My Sister's Keeper
Walter Raney
Pawn Shop Proprietor
Sofia Vassilieva
Kate Fitzgerald
Heather Wahlquist
Aunt Kelly
Alec Baldwin
Campbell Alexander
Nicole Marie Lenz
Paul Butler
Jesse age 3
Olivia Hancock
Kate age 2
Jeffrey Markle
Dr. Wayne
Emily Deschanel
Dr. Farquad
John DeRosa
EMT (as John De Rosa)
Marcos A. Ferraez
EMT (as Marcos De La Cruz)
Noni Tulk-Perna
Matthew Barry
Uncle Tommy
Annie Wood
Uncle Tommy's Wife
Mark Johnson
Uncle Pervis
Chris Kinkade
Dr. Nguyen
David Thornton
Dr. Chance
Elizabeth Daily
Nurse Susan
Rico Simonini
Process Server
Frank Cassavetes
Olivia Jade Fine
Anna Age 6
Andrew Schaff
Nurse Stephen
Brennan Bailey
Jesse Age 10
Andrew Shack
Lawyer for Previous Case
Angel Garcia
Gangbanger's Mom
Joan Cusack
Judge De Salvo
Frank Peluso
Bailiff #2
Daniel Guzman
Gangbanger's Lawyer
Paul Olguin
Gangbanger (as Paul Anthony Olguin)
Rick Salomon
Bailiff Bert
Mimi Fletcher
De Salvo's Secretary
Lin Shaye
Nurse Adele
Eric Cueto
Street Hustler
Lexi Kiana Ryan
Street Hustler
Thomas Dekker
Taylor Ambrose
Ellia English
Nurse Alice
Jonah Johnson
Lead Prom Singer
Rob Giles
Prom Guitarist
Kaiulani Kimbrell
Backup Prom Singer
Dylan Showalter
Prom Bass Player
Jarred Tibbetts
Prom Drummer
Precious Hanley
Michael Chow
Dr. Chow
Jonathan Moonves
Percy Smith, Esquire
Don Abernathy
Upscale Businessman (uncredited)
Roy Allen III
Lawyer (uncredited)
Charan Andreas
Transvestite (uncredited)
Lynn Clayton
The Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Edney
Funeral Mourner (uncredited)
Lubella Gauna
Nurse (uncredited)
Tommy Gerrits
Nephew of Andromeda Anna Fitzgeraid (uncredited)
Gilley Grey
EMT #3 (uncredited)
Keith Kraft
Paramedic (uncredited)
Nicole Leanne Nelson
Family Member (uncredited)
Sara Peña
Friend at School (uncredited)
Ryan Preimesberger
Court Clerk (uncredited)
Retson Ross
School Classmate (uncredited)
Kaleti Williams
Bouncer (uncredited)
Did you know?
On Anna's medical records, it shows that her birthday is 1990. However, she is 11, according to her mom. Since the movie came out in 2009, she should have been born in 1998.
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Elle Fanning and Dakota Fanning were originally set to play Anna and Kate Fitzgerald, but bowed out after Dakota reportedly refused to shave her head, as required for the part.
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This is the second time a Cameron Diaz character performs as a lawyer for her own cause. She first did so in What happens in Vegas (2008).
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In the scene were Kate and Taylor are kissing there is spirit gum visible on Kate's left eyebrow. This is because although the brown hair and eyebrows Kate has in this scene are supposed to be her own they are not. Sofia Vassilieva had her head shaved for the part.
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Toward the beginning of the movie where the family is outside jumping on the trampoline and blowing bubbles Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) is seen blowing bubbles, but if you look at the bubble stick nothing is coming out.
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At about 29 minutes into the movie, when they first show Joan Cusack's character, Judge De Salvo, on the bench, the name plate shows her name as "Joan De Salvo," with a space between the De and Salvo. As Alec Baldwin is walking toward the lawyers table, there is a quick flash of the name plate, where you can see that there is no space between the De and the Salvo in her name. The next time the name plate is shown, the space is back. The next time it is shown, right after she says, "You're going to jail,", it says "Joan Desalvo," and the space is again missing. When it is shown again, it is back to "De Salvo."
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Andromeda 'Anna' Fitzgerald: Most babies are accidents. Not me. I was engineered. Born to save my sister's life.
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Jesse: I tried to wake her up. I poked her and everything.
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Kate Fitzgerald: This is it. I know I'm going to die now. I suppose I've always known that. I just never knew when. And I'm okay with it. Really. I don't mind my disease killing me. But it's killing my family, too.
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How could parents conceive a child just to use her body parts to save another child?
That's an ethical question that cannot be answered on an IMDb faq page. In the cases of both the Ayala sisters and the fictional Fitzgerald sisters in this movie, the second child was not conceived "just to use her body parts to save another child." Marissa-Eve Ayala was conceived in love and with the hopes that a one-time bone marrow transplant would cure Anissa's leukemia, which it did. In the case of this fictional movie, Anna (Abigail Breslin) was conceived in love and with the hopes that her placental cord blood would provide the stem cells to cure her sister Kate (Sofia Vassilieva). However, the movie takes the story further in that Kate continues to need parts of Anna's body to survive, and that's where the conflict arises.
A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for My sister's Keeper can be found here.
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Photos from cast
Cameron Diaz Jason Patric Nina Barry Mary Jo Deschanel Evan Ellingson Abigail Breslin David Bortolucci