Losing Isaiah

Losing Isaiah (1995)

Who decides what makes a mother?

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1995-03-17
  • User Rating: 6.4/10 from 94 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 46min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
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Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, and her husband, Charles. Years later, Khaila has gone through rehab and holds a steady job. After learning that her child is still alive, she challenges Margaret for the custody.

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  • Jessica Lange

    as Margaret Lewin
  • Halle Berry

    as Khaila Richards
  • David Strathairn

    as Charles Lewin
  • Cuba Gooding Jr.

    as Eddie Hughes
  • Daisy Eagan

    as Hannah Lewin
  • Marc John Jefferies

    as Isaiah
  • Samuel L. Jackson

    as Kadar Lewis
  • Joie Lee

    as Marie
  • Regina Taylor

    as Gussie
  • LaTanya Richardson Jackson

    as Caroline Jones
  • Jacqueline Brookes

    as Judge Silbowitz
  • Donovon Ian H. McKnight

    as Amir
  • Rikkia A. Smith

    as Josie
  • Paulette McDaniels

    as Ethel
  • Velma Austin

    as Rehab Leader
  • Glenda Starr Kelly

    as Group Leader
  • Joan Kohn

    as Toby Fredericks
  • Patrick Clear

    as Bill Fredericks
  • Gaby Santinelli

    as Heidi
  • Mike Bacarella

    as Liquor Store Clerk
  • Mike Houlihan

    as Liquor Store Cop #1
  • John Beasley

    as Garbage Man
  • James 'Ike' Eichling

    as Garbage Man
  • James F. Tillett

    as Intern
  • John Judd

    as Paramedic
  • Cheryl Hamada

    as ER Nurse
  • Jackie Taylor

    as ER Nurse
  • Valerie Shull

    as Mrs. Ianelli
  • Laura Cerón

    as NICU Woman
  • Jackie Samuels

    as NICU Nurse
  • Deanna Dunagan

    as Dr. Goldstein
  • Mike Nussbaum

    as Dr. Jamison
  • Margaret Travolta

    as Sandra Harris
  • Eddie Bo Smith Jr.

    as Alley Junkie
  • Jaqueline Fleming

    as File Cabinet Girl
  • Sibyl Offutt

    as Tenement Woman
  • Greg Hollimon

    as Tenement Man
  • Rick Worthy

    as Alley Man
  • Torrence W. Murphy

    as Alley Man
  • Shelia-Marie Robinson

    as Inmate
  • LaTaunya Bounds

    as Inmate
  • Tamara Rutledge

    as Inmate
  • Valeri Ross

    as Day Care Teacher
  • Jacqueline Williams

    as Day Care Worker
  • Ora Jones

    as Day Care Woman
  • Nicholas Foster

    as Boy at Swings
  • Thomica Laquice Simmons

    as Neighbor Girl
  • Evan Lionel

    as Paramedic #2
  • Jennifer Crystal Foley

    as Park Nanny
Sound Mark Isham Original Music Composer
Art Jay Hart Set Decoration
Art Jeannine Oppewall Production Design
Production Hawk Koch Producer
Costume & Make-Up Mary Malin Costume Design
Camera Andrzej Bartkowiak Director of Photography
Art William Arnold Art Direction
Editing Harvey Rosenstock Editor
Production Aleta Chappelle Casting
Production Kimberly Brent Associate Producer
Writing Naomi Foner Screenplay
Production Naomi Foner Producer
Production Sharon Owyang Associate Producer
Directing Stephen Gyllenhaal Director
Writing Seth Margolis Novel