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Monica Potter

Monica Potter (born June 30, 1971) is an American film and television actress.

Potter, one of four daughters, was born Monica Gregg Brokaw in Cleveland, Ohio, to an Irish American Catholic family. Her father, Paul Brokaw, was an inventor who invented the first flame-resistant car wax, and her mother, Nancy, was a secretary. During her childhood, she was a part of the St. Jerome Parish in Cleveland, and attended the local elementary school, as well as Villa Angela Catholic School for Girls, before graduating from Euclid High School. She also spent part of her early years in Arab, Alabama. Potter had wanted to be an actress since childhood, as well as a nun.

At the age of twelve, Potter started modeling and appearing in commercials in Chicago and Miami, before deciding to pursue an acting career. Her very first role on television was as a "Dalina" in the English version of the Peruvian TV show Nubeluz. Then she found a role on the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless as Sharon Abbott in 1994.

She has since appeared in several feature films, including Con Air (playing the wife of Nicolas Cage's character) and starring opposite Robin Williams in Patch Adams. In 1998, she also played the love interest of doomed distance runner Steve Prefontaine in the movie Without Limits.

In 2001, she had two major roles, co-starring with Freddie Prinze Jr. in Head Over Heels, and with Morgan Freeman in the thriller Along Came a Spider based on the James Patterson best-seller. She was a cast member of the television series Boston Legal but left after the first season. In 2009, Potter became a cast member of the new TNT series Trust Me.

Potter was married to Tom Potter from 1990 to 1998, and they have two sons. She married Daniel Christopher Allison, an orthopedic surgeon, in June 2005. Potter and Allison had their first child, a daughter named Molly Brigid Allison, on August 3, 2005.

Potter was named "Best Movie Star Loyal to Cleveland" by ClevelandScene.com for her insistence on keeping her family in the Ohio city even after Hollywood success. "It's a great place to raise kids. I had a very happy childhood there, growing up on a special street where everyone knew everyone," said Potter in an interview with Maxim magazine in March 2001.

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Boston Legal

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Boston Legal is an American legal drama-comedy (dramedy) created by David E. Kelley, which originally ran on ABC from October 3, 2004 to December 8, 2008. A spin-off of the long-running series The Practice, Boston Legal followed the personal and professional exploits of a group of attorneys working at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. Boston Legal had regularly been a top 20 program on ABC and drew one of the most affluent audiences in television.

Before the show's premiere, it had a working title of Fleet Street, an allusion to the real street in Boston where the fictitious Crane, Poole & Schmidt had its offices. The working title was later modified to The Practice: Fleet Street, but this title was dropped in favor of Boston Legal before the show premiered. The real building shown as the law office is located at 500 Boylston Street, 12 minutes away from Fleet Street.

The American producers of the series also hired British writer Sir John Mortimer (creator of the UK legal series Rumpole of the Bailey) as a consultant for Boston Legal.

Most of the final episodes of The Practice were focused on introducing the new characters from Crane, Poole & Schmidt in preparation for Boston Legal's launch. Thus, the story of Boston Legal can be said to begin with the episode of The Practice in which Eugene Young and Jimmy Berluti of Young, Frutt & Berluti decided to fire Alan Shore without consulting Ellenor Frutt, beginning a story arc of several episodes. They give Alan a severance package of only fifteen thousand dollars, even though Alan has brought in over nine million dollars of revenue to the firm. Tara Wilson gets fired for her loyalty to Alan, and Alan goes to Crane, Poole & Schmidt to represent him in the matter, thinking he has a claim under Massachusetts law to take over Young, Frutt & Berluti. Denny Crane, senior and founding partner of Crane, Poole & Schmidt, takes an interest in the case and even argues at the resulting trial, cross-examining Young. During this period, Ellenor also has a run-in with Hannah Rose (Rebecca De Mornay), a partner at Crane, Poole & Schmidt, whom Ellenor ends up seriously injuring when they fight over Hannah's condescending remarks to Ellenor. The character of Hannah Rose was dropped prior to the Boston Legal pilot's being filmed.

The jury awards Alan the millions of dollars of revenue he brought in to Young, Frutt & Berluti but does not order the firm to rehire him, so Denny hires Alan at his firm. After Young is appointed a judge, his first case (in the final episode of The Practice) happens to be with Alan for the defense, making Young wonder if Alan judge-shopped (this opened the door for Steve Harris to guest-star on Boston Legal as a judge, although in the end no starring Practice characters made any guest appearances on Boston Legal), though many actors and actresses who guest starred in The Practice have contributed to Boston Legal, taking on roles of a different character. Examples include Rene Auberjonois, John Larroquette and Christian Clemenson. One interesting fact is that Anthony Heald, who guest starred in both shows, took on the characters of Judge Harvey Cooper in Boston Legal and of Judge Wallace Cooper in The Practice, although both are considered the same character.

The pilot was originally produced with James Spader, Lake Bell, Mark Valley, Rhona Mitra and William Shatner playing the main characters, with an expanded storyline featuring Larry Miller as Edwin Poole, and with John Michael Higgins as senior partner Jerry Austin. Monica Potter was later cast as junior partner Lori Colson. After completing several episodes, the producers felt the show needed grounding, and Rene Auberjonois was cast as senior partner Paul Lewiston, effectively replacing John Michael Higgins. Despite this, Higgins's character still appeared in the first two episodes. The pilot premiered on ABC on October 3, 2004, following the series premiere of Desperate Housewives.

On November 30, 2004, it was announced that Candice Bergen would join the cast as senior partner Shirley Schmidt. The producers had been looking to introduce the character since the fall. Lake Bell and Executive Producer Jeff Rake subsequently left the series, while Rene Auberjonois was made a main cast member.

The announcement that Boston Legal would be renewed for a second season was made on 5 April 2005. The final five episodes of the first season were initially pre-empted for several weeks (until 24 April 2005) in order to expose mid-season series Grey's Anatomy to a larger audience behind Desperate Housewives. Grey's Anatomy, however, was highly successful in the timeslot, and Boston Legal was pre-empted until the fall of 2005, where it would take over NYPD Blue's Tuesday timeslot for an extended season of twenty-seven episodes. Both Rhona Mitra and Monica Potter departed the series over the hiatus, while Julie Bowen was cast as Denise Bauer. Ryan Michelle Bathe and Justin Mentell were later cast as junior associates Sara Holt and Garrett Wells. A new writing staff headed by Janet Leahy took over as of episode four of the second season.

The second episode of Season 3 introduced Craig Bierko as Jeffrey Coho and Constance Zimmer as Claire Simms. In episode 3x11 Gary Anthony Williams was added to the main cast as Clarence Bell, a role he had played twice earlier in the season. Also introduced in this episode was Nia Long as Vanessa Walker, in a guest role that lasted 3 episodes. In the 15th episode of the third season, Craig Bierko left the show.

On June 4, 2007, TV Guide announced that Rene Auberjonois, Julie Bowen, Mark Valley, and Constance Zimmer would not return for the fourth season. On June 13, 2007, it was reported that actor John Larroquette would join the cast as a senior partner transferred from the New York offices of Crane, Poole & Schmidt (Note: Larroquette previously appeared on BL's forerunner The Practice as another character, a hyper-intelligent man on trial for killing his gay lover; this role earned Larroquette an Emmy Award.); and actress Tara Summers would be joining as a young associate. Also, Christian Clemenson, who appeared occasionally as Jerry Espenson, a brilliant but socially inept lawyer, would be upgraded to contract player. The possibility was left open that Rene Auberjonois, Mark Valley, Julie Bowen, and Constance Zimmer could return in guest roles. On July 2, 2007, it was reported that both Rene Auberjonois and Mark Valley would return in recurring roles; furthermore, it was announced that Taraji P. Henson would join the cast later in the fourth season, with Saffron Burrows appearing in a recurring role. It was subsequently reported that Burrows would become a full-time cast member.

On July 19, 2007, Boston Legal was nominated for six Emmy awards, including Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series (James Spader), Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (William Shatner), and its first nomination for Best Drama Series. On 14 September 2007, James Spader won the Emmy for his role as the lead character in the show, whilst nominations were lost for William Shatner and Christian Clemenson in their roles for Supporting and Guest Actors, respectively. Also, the show itself lost as Best Drama Series to The Sopranos.

On 13 May 2008 ABC announced that Boston Legal would return for a fifth (and final) season in the fall. Saffron Burrows did not return as a series regular, having joined the cast of My Own Worst Enemy. The final season consisted of 13 episodes to bring it over the "100" episode mark, setting it up for a successful syndication run. There was speculation that Boston Legal might receive an additional episode-order if the show had another strong showing in the Emmy Awards and produced solid ratings in its new Fall time slot. The season began airing on September 22, 2008.

On June 18 and June 20, 2008 it was reported that Gary Anthony Williams and Taraji P. Henson would not return for the fifth season as Clarence Bell and Whitney Rome, respectively.

On July 17, 2008, Boston Legal was nominated for a series-high seven Emmy nominations, including for Best Drama Series for a second year in a row. Spader, Bergen and Shatner were also nominated for their respective roles.

Boston Legal began airing in reruns on ION Television in September 2008. And in most markets, episodes began airing in off-network syndication (ironically in anticipation of the last episodes, to bring it to just over 100), on the weekend of September 28-29, 2008.

Boston Legal's series finale aired on Monday, 8 December 2008 on the ABC Television Network at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central. It was a two-hour episode. The finale saw the firm sold to new Chinese interests because of Crane, Poole & Schmidt's poor financial position. The new owners were not accepted by Shirley Schmidt, Carl Sack, or Jerry Espenson, who voted against the acquisition along with 3 other partners. Denny Crane insulted the new owners by shooting them with a paintball gun. The acrimony engendered by the name partner's actions led the Chinese to begin plans for downsizing and replacing the litigation division of the firm. It was announced that all of the show's leading characters would be fired as of 1 January 2009. This led to a typically eloquent, but ultimately ill-received, showdown on the part of Alan Shore, wherein he turned the tables on the new owners, attempting to preemptively fire them. Though his argument was not taken in the light he'd intended, it did prompt an offer from the Chinese owners to rehire all the cast members, though Shirley muses that likely they will be let go over a longer period of time. Also, Denny's earlier actions led to his name being removed from the firm which was renamed to Chang, Poole & Schmidt.

In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Dec 7th, David E. Kelley said that it was in fact ABC's decision to end Boston Legal. He also stated that executives did not want to commit to a fifth season, so he had to fight to bring it back for a short season of 13 episodes.

It was one of ABC's most influential shows because of the audience it drew. According to Nielsen Media Research, Boston Legal drew the richest viewing audience on television, based on the concentration of high-income viewers in its young adult audience (Adult 18–49 index w/$100k+ annual income).

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Boston Legal on ABC.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps. All times mentioned in this section were in the Eastern and Pacific time zones.

On February 9, 2006, tvshowsondvd.com announced that Fox Home Entertainment was releasing Boston Legal Season 1 on DVD on May 23, 2006. It is the first David E. Kelley show that FOX has released on DVD in the United States (though Ally McBeal has been released on DVD in other countries). The season one box set had five discs while the season two and three sets had seven discs.

Note: Some of the Season 1 DVDs, provided by select offline retailers, included a promotional DVD featuring the episodes from The Practice that introduced Alan Shore and the firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. This was only included in the very early sales of the DVD as a promotion.

In episode 1x09 Paul Lewiston threatens Alan Shore by saying "If you attempt to undermine our case in any way, your employment will be terminated", to which Alan replies sarcastically "In that event I will go to cable".

In episode 2x13 Alan Shore, walking on the terrace to meet Denny Crane (usual ending of the day at the firm and of each episode), he addresses to Denny: "There you are. Hardly seen you this episode", referring to the fact the character Denny Crane had not been part of the episode's plot.

In episode 2x23, Chelina says, "God, the last time I saw you...," to which Alan replies, " I believe it was a Sunday, then I was taken off the air, you went off to do movies, I got switched to Tuesdays and... " and Chelina responds, "Here we are... with old footage." All of this referring to the notable omission of Chelina's episode appearances, though her character is clearly filmed and shown in many of the Season 2 opening credit sequences, before she was taken out of regular appearances. Alan is bringing up the change in day that the show was aired, and her apparent pursuing of movie roles.

In episode 3x02, when two new characters mention that they are "the new guys," Crane says that it is impossible because if there were new characters they "would have been in the season premiere," refering to the previous episode.

In episode 4x16, Jerry announces, "During the strike, I fell in love." Katie asks, "What strike?" Jerry responds, "It doesn't matter, the point is . . " This episode aired on 15 April 2008, shortly after the conclusion of the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, which had prevented the showing of BL for over two months.

This tendency became more prevalent in the final season with several references to the end of the series, including Jerry discussing a potential spinoff, claiming that if the board removes Denny, he, Alan, and even Carl might also walk out before asking if they really wanted them anyway 'because the network certainly don't.' In a lawsuit brought on by Catherine (Betty White) concerning the death of television programming for the elderly, Carl Sack points out that there is only one show on television that features a cast largely over the age of 50. He stops short of referring to the show by name (though he obviously means Boston Legal) and motions directly at the camera saying, "The wall," referring to the fact that revealing the show's identity would break the fourth wall. During the same episode, the penultimate of the show, Betty White's character's cellphone ringtone is the theme tune from The Practice - in which she also appeared.

Another example is when in the teaser Christian Clemenson tells Schmidt that he has a song that keeps going through his head. It is revealed to be the show's theme song and, most notably, when in the second episode of the third season, William Shatner's character observes that two new cast members would surely have been introduced in the previous episode, before welcoming them explicitly to "Boston Legal".

When Alan Shore and Denny Crane are enjoying their traditional scotch and cigar at the end of episode 5x02 (Guardians and Gatekeepers), Alan begins talking about the couples mortality implying that it is their last year (as it is the last season of the series). Denny then replies "Really? I can't imagine this is our last year, aren't there still some time slots we haven't tried?" referring to the numerous time slots the show was televised on.

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Sharon Newman

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Sharon Newman ( nee' Collins and Abbott) is a fictional character in the CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless. Introduced in 1994, Sharon was played briefly by Monica Potter and then Heidi Mark before Sharon Case became the character's permanent portrayer since 1994. The actress won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal of Sharon in 1999. Case was absent from the show during March and April 2003 when she was in intense contract negotiations.

Sharon has recently divorced Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and has a teenaged son, Noah (Kevin Schmidt), from her previous 10 year marriage to Nicholas Newman (Joshua Morrow).

In 1996, Sharon Collins married her high school sweetheart Nicholas Newman. Sharon and Nick came from different backgrounds. Nicholas Newman, the son of billionaire Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), is from a very privileged background. Sharon grew up with modest means. During her early years of high school in Madison, Wisconsin, her mother Doris (Karen Hensel) was paralyzed in a car accident after chasing Sharon, who ran off refusing to listen to her mother. When Sharon first started dating Nick, her mother, Doris, was experiencing a great deal of pain and needed a very expensive surgery. Nick's father Victor paid for the surgery. Thereafter, Sharon would stop by Newman enterprises with sums of money--insisting upon repaying the debt, even though Victor had told her that the debt was forgiven. This is how she won a special place in her future father-in-law's heart. To date, however, she continues to enjoy a hot-and-cold relationship with mother-in-law Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott), who has always felt Sharon was a gold digger. Sharon attended a few classes, but has never truly been to college.

Also while in Madison, Sharon had a daughter, Cassie (Camryn Grimes), at the age of 17. Sharon put Cassie up for adoption. A woman by the name of Alice Johnson took over the role of Cassie's mother. Years later, Sharon and Cassie were reunited with the help of Sharon's best friend, Grace Turner (Jennifer Gareis). Grace sought to find Cassie when it was thought Sharon would lose baby Noah, thinking Cassidy could fill the void if Noah did not survive.

Christine Blair (Lauralee Bell) assisted in processing the adoption, making Nick Newman Cassidy's legal father. The girl was excited to become a Newman, and even changed her first name to Cassie instead of Cassidy. Once Cassie and Noah got older, Sharon became bored with being a housewife and decided to try her hand at business. She began working as a spokesmodel for Jabot Cosmetics, and later decided to work as a spokesmodel for her father in-law's company, Newman Enterprises.

Diego Guittierez (Diego Serrano/Greg Vaughan) was a handsome man who was always there for Sharon as a friend. Later Sharon would have sex with Diego, after incorrectly assuming Nick was having an affair with a woman from the coffeehouse. After Sharon confessed her affair to Nick, he decided to give his marriage another try. When bringing her flowers, he saw Sharon kissing his own father, Victor Newman through the front window. Sharon then left town to find herself, leaving both of her children. During her absence, Cassie almost drowned in a pond, but was rescued by Nick. Cassie was in a coma for days while Sharon had a disastrous one-night stand with Cameron Kirsten. He then followed her back to Genoa City and tried to rape her on New Years Eve, resulting in her knocking him unconscious and hiding what she believed was his corpse. Ashamed of herself further, Sharon stayed out of town long enough for her bruises to heal so Nick would not find out any of this.

After returning home, Nick felt sorry for Sharon and took her back. Soon Sharon decided to become a stripper, so Nick had to give her a job at Newman Enterprises so as not to embarrass the family, even though the company could not afford to pay her. Nick secretly paid her salary. Eventually, the angry and much alive Cameron threatened to have Sharon jailed for attempted murder, unless she leaves Nick and her kids and come live with him overseas. Nick made sure to be a stowaway on the plane, beat up Cameron unconscious, and shoved him with a parachute out of the plane. Nick and Sharon then parachuted outside themselves. Cameron was jailed for his crimes.

In 2005, Sharon and Nick's daughter, Cassie, died as the result of a car accident. This traumatic loss caused a tremendous strain on Nick and Sharon's marriage. Sharon turned to her soon to be brother-in-law; Brad Carlton (Don Diamont) because Nick, Phyllis, and Neil were searching for Lily and Daniel, who was at the time responsible for Cassie's death. Sharon found comfort in Brad, and the two became close friends, able to tell each other anything. At the same time, Noah became friends with Brad's daughter Abby (Darcy Rose Byrnes) as well. Later, Nick would find comfort and compassion in the arms of Phyllis Abbott (Michelle Stafford).

Furious with Nick for betraying her, Sharon shared a one-night stand with Brad, who had just married Nick's sister Victoria (Amelia Heinle). Sharon eventually forgave Nick for his affair with Phyllis, but the revelation that Phyllis was pregnant with Nick's baby ultimately destroyed the marriage. Nick and Phyllis married in late 2006, and their daughter, Summer Ann Newman, was born weeks later. Sharon was fired from Newman Enterprises by Victoria when Victoria discovered that Sharon had been made out with her husband Brad in the Newman parking lot, though Victoria forgave Brad because she did not know the extent of the affair. In late 2006, Sharon began dating Jack Abbott, and the two became engaged.

On April 5, 2007, during an argument between Sharon, Phyllis, and Sharon's friend, Dru (Victoria Rowell), Sharon and Dru both fell off a cliff. While Dru is presumed dead, Sharon survived, and she and Jack were secretly married on April 23 in Sharon's living room. In December 2007, Sharon tells Jack that she is leaving him and moving out of the Abbott Mansion with Noah, because of Jack's recent lies surfacing. The two later reconcile, oddly enough because of Brad, who insisted many times that he and Sharon were meant to be, and that she should not be with Jack. In 2008, Sharon and Jack's marriage becomes rocky due to Jack constantly lying. Sharon confronts Jack about this and all of the empty promises he made to her. She then tells him that she thinks their marriage is worth fighting for and that she will not leave him, as she accepts who he is.

In January 2009, Sharon and Jack had a heated argument and Sharon filed for divorce, after which she went to stay at the Abbott cabin, but received a visit from Brad Carlton (who was in agreement with Phyllis to seduce Sharon). The plan didn't go over well as Sharon put Brad out, meanwhile back in Genoa City, Nick learned Phyllis had set Sharon up via the incident with Brad. Worse news arrived when Noah was involved in an accident after falling through a frozen pond. After packing his things to move out of the Tack House with Phyllis for her deception, Nick headed up to the Abbott cabin to tell Sharon about Noah (who had been rescued by Brad). When Nick arrived, he found a letter Sharon wrote, admitting she still loves him. Nick and Sharon eventually made love.

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Patch Adams (film)

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Patch Adams is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Tom Shadyac and based on the true life story of Hunter "Patch" Adams and the book Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter by Adams and Maureen Mylander. The film is generally considered a box-office success, grossing over twice its budget in the United States alone. It was poorly received by most critics.

The film tells the story of Hunter "Patch" Adams (portrayed by Robin Williams), a medical doctor who became famous for his unconventional approach to medicine. After a suicide attempt, Adams seeks psychiatric help and is institutionalized. During this time he is inspired to become a medical doctor, and discovers that he is able to forget his own problems by helping others. Two years later, he enrolls at Virginia Medical University (a fictitious school shot at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus) and he is the oldest first year student. He questions the school's approach to medical care, and clashes with the school's Dean Walcott (played by Bob Gunton) because of his belief in the necessity of personal interaction with patients. Because of this and other incidents, including a prank during a medical conference, he is dismissed from the school, although he is later reinstated.

Adams develops a relationship with a fellow student, Corinne Fisher (played by Monica Potter), and develops his idea for a medical clinic built around his philosophy of doctor-patient interaction. With the help of Arthur Mendelson (Harold Gould), a wealthy man who was a patient whom Patch met while in the mental hospital, he purchases 105 acres (425,000 m²) in West Virginia to construct the future Gesundheit Institute. Together with Corinne, Truman Schiff (another medical student, played by Daniel London), and some old friends, he renovates an old cottage. When they get the clinic running, they treat walk-in patients without medical insurance, Patch commonly doing minor comedy sketches such as wearing thick glasses and pretending to be near-sighted. Corinne is fascinated by Patch's talent and their friendship turns into deep love. More encouraged than ever by Patch and his spirit, Corinne wants to help a psychologically disturbed patient, Lawrence "Larry" Silver (Douglas Roberts), by visiting him at home. Larry turns out to be far more disturbed than anybody had expected, and he murders her, turning the shotgun on himself soon after.

Patch is devastated and guilt-ridden by Corinne's death, reconsiders his outlook, and questions the goodness of humanity. However, despite almost committing suicide, he is able to recover and carry on his work.

Dismissed from the school for a second time because he ran a clinic and practiced medicine without a license, he files a grievance with the state medical board at the advice of his former med school roommate, Mitch Roman (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and must attend a hearing where it is decided whether he can graduate. Patch is able to convince the jury in a final speech that he did his best to help the people that came to him, stating that treating a disease of the body is a win-or-lose situation, but treating a person's spirit guarantees a win regardless of the outcome, even when it is death. He encourages medical students to cultivate relationships with nurses and learn their interviewing skills early, and argues that death should be treated with dignity and even humor. In the end the jury accepts Patch's medical methods and does not prevent him from graduating. He receives a standing ovation from the packed hearing room.

Even at graduation, Patch cannot help but be a non-conformist. After he is handed his diploma, the dean of the school states, "Well, I see you've finally decided to conform". Patch responds, "More than you know", and bows to the professors, revealing his nude bottom under his gown.

The film was shot in three locations: Treasure Island, California (near San Francisco), Asheville (North Carolina) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A diner in Point Richmond, (a district in Richmond, California) served as the University Diner. (This diner was also used in the Mel Gibson movie Forever Young.) Several interior classroom scenes were filmed on the campus of the UC Berkeley.

The producers worked very closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For this reason, all but two of the ill children acting in this film actually have cancer.

The film was released December 25, 1998 in the United States and Canada and grossed $25.2 million in 2,712 theaters its opening weekend, ranking #1 at the box office. After its first weekend, it was the #2 film for 4 weeks.

The film grossed US$202,292,902 worldwide — $135,026,902 in the United States and Canada and $67,266,000 in other territories.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score by Marc Shaiman.

The Film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor (Robin Williams) Golden Globe awards in the Musical or Comedy categories.

Throughout the movie Patch recites Pablo Neruda's Sonnet XVII to Corinne. He finishes the last two stanzas at her gravesite.

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Along Came a Spider (film)

Along Came A Spider is a 2001 American mystery film directed by Lee Tamahori. The screenplay by Marc Moss was adapted from the 1993 novel of the same title by James Patterson, but most of the key plot elements of the book were eliminated. This was the first book in Patterson's Alex Cross series, although the second one to be filmed, following Kiss the Girls in 1997.

After Washington, D.C. detective, forensic psychologist, and author Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) loses control of a sting operation, resulting in the death of his partner, he opts to retire from the force. He finds himself drawn back to police work when Megan Rose (Mika Boorem), the daughter of a United States senator, is kidnapped from her exclusive private school by computer science teacher Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott). Secret Service agent Jezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter), held responsible for the breach in security, joins forces with Cross to find the missing girl.

Soneji contacts Cross by phone and alerts him to the fact one of Megan's sneakers is in the detective's mailbox, proving he's the kidnapper. Cross deduces the man is obsessed with the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping and hopes to become as infamous as Bruno Hauptmann by committing a new "Crime of the Century" that might be discussed by Cross in one of his true crime books.

Soneji demands that Cross deliver to him a ransom of $10 million dollars in diamonds by following an intricate maze of calls made to public phone booths scattered throughout the city. He ultimately tosses the gems out the window of a rapidly moving Metro train to a figure standing by the tracks. When Soneji later arrives at Flannigan's home and confronts Cross after disabling the woman with a taser, the detective realizes the kidnapper is unaware of the ransom demand and delivery. Soneji tries to leave with Flannigan but Cross kills him.

Cross becomes suspicious and searches Flannigan's home computer, on which he finds enough evidence to convince him neither the woman nor her fellow agent, Ben Devine (Billy Burke), are who they appear to be. He tracks them down to a secluded farmhouse, where Flannigan has murdered Devine and is now intent on eliminating Megan Rose. Cross saves Rose and shoots Flannigan in the heart, killing her.

One of the primary elements of the book screenwriter Marc Moss eliminated from his script was the fact Soneji is actually a mild-mannered suburban husband and father suffering from dissociative identity disorder resulting from having been abused as a child. After a lengthy trial for kidnapping and several murders not included in the film, he is found guilty but remanded to a mental institution to serve his sentence. Also missing from the film is a romantic relationship shared by Cross and Jezzie, her trial and eventual execution by lethal injection, and the discovery of Maggie, hidden away with a native Bolivian family near the Andes Mountains, two years after her kidnapping.

In the US, the film opened in 2,530 theaters and earned $16,712,407 in its opening weekend. It eventually grossed $74,078,174 in the US and $31,100,387 in international markets for a total box office of $105,178,561 .

Jerry Goldsmith won the BMI Film & TV Award for his original score, and Morgan Freeman was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture but lost to Denzel Washington for Training Day.

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Heaven or Vegas

Heaven or Vegas was a 1999 movie which was a romantic drama that starred Yasmine Bleeth and Richard Grieco.

Rachel (Yasmine Bleeth) is a woman looking for a way out of her dead-end existence. Six years after she ran away from her home in Utah, Rachel is living in Las Vegas, where she works as an exotic dancer and an occasional call girl.

Rachel lives in a fantasy world as a way of distancing herself from her bleak surroundings, and she imagines that a Prince Charming will one day rescue her from her fallen world. On the inside she is still a dreamy little girl who believes in fairy tales. She thinks that her prince may have finally arrived when she meets Navy (Richard Grieco), a high-class stud-for-sale who has tired of his humiliating life in the sex industry.

Navy is fond of Rachel, and when he decides to leave male prostitution behind and move to Montana to start a new life, she eagerly joins him. However, along the way she persuades him to make a stop in Utah so that she can check in with her family. Rachel and Navy discover that it's difficult to hide their respective pasts from Rachel's straightlaced family and that they're out of step with life in small town America.

Navy also finds himself attracted to Rachel's gorgeous and "virginal" stepsister, Lilli (Monica Potter), which leads a heartbroken Rachel to run away just as Navy realizes that Rachel is the one for him. He dramatically rescues her from psychotic drifters.

Yasmine Bleeth and Richard Grieco, who both starred in this movie, also dated each other.

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Source : Wikipedia