For Julie Portman (Marlo Thomas), the past few years have not been easy. Her divorce has left her with the sole responsibility of providing for her teenage children. And, as she scrambles to find the college tuition for her son Michael (Troy Hall), her daughter Emma (Ellen Muth) becomes ever more difficult in her adolescence. While she strives to be a good mother, her irresponsible ex-husband, Robert (Peter Friedman), has lost another job and can no longer offer any support. Julie's dark clouds always have silver linings, however, as when a flirtatious relationship with her friend, George Tomich (Joe Penny), tentatively begins to develop into a real romance. But Julie and Emma are forced to face new challenges when both are diagnosed with cancer, and they must now fight not against one another, but together against their respective illnesses.
David Anspaugh directs this difficult subject matter with extraordinary sensitivity, resulting in excellent performances from the talented cast. Newly remastered.
Divesting herself of her useless husband, Julie Portman (Marlo Thomas) is determined to raise her two children by herself, despite the emotional roadblocks set up by her resentful and rebellious teenage daughter Emma (Ellen Muth). Things reach the crisis stage when both mother and daughter are diagnosed with cancer. Ignoring her own weakened condition after extensive chemotherapy treatment, Julie insists upon helping Emma "tough it out" on the road to (hopeful) survival. Occasional moral support is provided by Julie's new sweetheart, philosophical lobster fisherman George (Joe Penny). Based on actual events, the made-for-TV MOTHER AND DAUGHTER originally aired April 21, 2002, on CBS.
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