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Losing Isaiah

The movie poster for Losing Isaiah.
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal
Produced by Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal
Hawk Koch
Written by Seth Margolis (novel)
Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (screenplay)
Starring Jessica Lange
Halle Berry
Music by Mark Isham
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) March 17, 1995
Running time 111 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17,000,000 (estimated)
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Losing Isaiah is a 1995 drama film starring Jessica Lange and Halle Berry, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. It is based on the novel with the same name by Seth Margolis. The screenplay is written by Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal. The original music score is composed by Mark Isham. The film is marketed with the tagline "Who decides what makes a mother?" Image File history File links Losing_isaiah. ... Stephen Gyllenhaal (pronounced JILL-en-hall), born October 4, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, is an American film and television director and member of the Gyllenhaal family. ... Cover to Bee Season Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (born Naomi Achs on March 15, 1946 in New York City) is an American screenwriter. ... Howard Winchel Koch, Jr. ... Seth Margolis is an author of fiction who has written five books over the past two decades. ... Cover to Bee Season Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (born Naomi Achs on March 15, 1946 in New York City) is an American screenwriter. ... Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Halle Maria Berry (born August 14, 1966[1]) is an American actress. ... Mark Isham (born September 7, 1951 in New York City) is an American trumpeter, synthesist, and composer. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1995 in film involved some significant events. ... A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Halle Maria Berry (born August 14, 1966[1]) is an American actress. ... Stephen Gyllenhaal (pronounced JILL-en-hall), born October 4, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, is an American film and television director and member of the Gyllenhaal family. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Seth Margolis is an author of fiction who has written five books over the past two decades. ... Cover to Bee Season Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (born Naomi Achs on March 15, 1946 in New York City) is an American screenwriter. ... Mark Isham (born September 7, 1951 in New York City) is an American trumpeter, synthesist, and composer. ...


Plot summary

Jessica Lange is Margaret Lewin, a white social worker who works in a hospital. Halle Berry is Khaila Richards, a black drug addict who is addicted to crack cocaine. The film starts with her breastfeeding her baby in an abandoned squat. As she lays the child down to leave, the other squatters tell her that she can't leave the baby there crying. Khaila takes the child outside and hides him in a box in the trash so that she can go get high. She promises to come back, puts a board over the box, and leaves. The next morning, the trash is being collected and everything is thrown in the garbage truck, but at the last moment the workers hear a baby crying and he gets rushed to the hospital.


At the hospital, Margaret finds out he was born crack addicted and that his name is Isaiah. She develops a strong bond with him and decides to bring him home to live with her husband and daughter. In the meanwhile, Khaila wakes up and notices that her breasts are leaking milk but that her baby is not there. She runs to the garbage hysterical and starts rooting through the trash looking for Isaiah. A bum comes out and tells her to leave saying that there had been enough ruckus that morning with police talking about dead babies. After realizing what has happened, she leaves. Later that night, she is arrested for shoplifting and enters a rehab program.


The film cuts to three years later and Isaiah has been officially adopted by the Lewins. Khaila is clean and rents a room in an apartment. She goes to a facility and meets her case worker who is teaching her to read. While reading a book about a pregnant woman, she breaks down and confesses to her caseworker that she threw her baby away in the trash. Khaila then learns through her caseworker that her baby is still alive, so they hire lawyer Kadar Lewis (played by Samuel L. Jackson) to contest the adoption. A lengthy court battle ensues which quickly turns into a battle of black and white. In the end, the court decides to give custody back to Khaila. Isaiah fights when forced to leave the Lewins and doesn't adjust to living with Khaila. Khaila eventually calls Margaret and tells her that she is going to let Isaiah live with them until he understands what's going on. She states that all she cares about is Isaiah and she wants him to be happy. Margaret and Khaila hug and walk in as Isaiah runs and embraces Margaret. The three sit down and watch Isaiah play as the screen zooms out Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American Academy Award-nominated actor. ...


Main cast

Actor Role
Jessica Lange Margaret Lewin
Halle Berry Khaila Richards
David Strathairn Charles Lewin
Cuba Gooding, Jr. Eddie Hughes
Daisy Eagan Hannah Lewin
Samuel L. Jackson Kadar Lewis
Joie Lee Marie
Regina Taylor Gussie
Latanya Richardson Caroline Jones
Jacqueline Brookes Judge Silbowitz

Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Halle Maria Berry (born August 14, 1966[1]) is an American actress. ... David Russell Strathairn (born on January 26, 1949) is an Academy Award-nominated American film and television actor. ... Cuba Gooding, Jr. ... Daisy Eagan (born November 4, 1979) is an American actress. ... Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American Academy Award-nominated actor. ... Joie Lee (born Joie Susannah Lee on June 22, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American screenwriter, film producer, film director and actress. ... Regina Taylor is an actress and playwright born in Dallas, Texas on August 22, 1960 and raised in Oklahoma. ... Latanya Richardson was born in 1941 and is an actress and wife of Samuel L. Jackson. ... Jacqueline Victoire Brookes (Born July 24, 1930 in Montclair, New Jersey, USA) is an American actress best known for her work on stage, off and on Broadway. ...

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Losing Isaiah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (536 words)
Losing Isaiah is a 1995 drama film starring Jessica Lange and Halle Berry, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal.
Isaiah fights when forced to leave the Lewins and doesn't adjust to living with Khaila.
She states that all she cares about is Isaiah and she wants him to be happy.
Losing Isaiah Movie Review (735 words)
LOSING ISAIAH opens in 1992 in Chicago's housing projects, where Khaila Richards (Halle Berry), a young fl crack addict, leaves her infant son Isaiah in a box by a garbage dumpster.
The fact is, LOSING ISAIAH is far less about the Lewins' life with Isaiah than it is about Khaila, whose redemption is the heart of the story.
LOSING ISAIAH's contrived ending is somehow appropriate for this wishy-washy effort.
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