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The Twilight of the Golds (1997)

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Co-written by Jonathan Tolins and based on his original stage play, this Showtime drama concerns the possible role of genetics in determining sexual orientation. Suzanne Gold (Jennifer Beals), a medical-school dropout who manages a clothing store, marries genetic researcher Rob Stein (Jon Tenney), the son of Orthodox Jews who disapprove of what they perceive as their son's meddling with God's prerogatives. When Rob submits his and Suzanne's unborn son to his colleagues' experimental test procedures, the baby appears to have a 90 percent chance of being homosexual. Suzanne confides to her mother, Phyllis (Faye Dunaway), that she fears for the added burden her new family will face. Mom's got a big mouth, and before long Suzanne's father, Walter (Garry Marshall), and gay brother, David (Brendan Fraser), are weighing in with their conflicting opinions about whether or not Suzanne should abort the child and what such an action would mean about David's place in the family. The strain of such a decision ruptures existing fault lines in both the Gold family and Suzanne's marriage, culminating in revelation, transformation, and a group hug.

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Jennifer Beals
as Suzanne Stein
Jon Tenney
as Rob Stein
Brendan Fraser
as David Gold
Faye Dunaway
as Phyllis Gold
Garry Marshall
as Walter Gold
John Schlesinger
as Adrian Lodge
Jack Klugman
as Mr. Stein
Rose Marks
as Mrs. Stein
Jill Bernstein
as Young Suzanne
Mark Shunkey
as Young David
Jill Lover
as Farm Girl/Auditioner
Phil Reeves
as Suzanne's Doctor
Calvin Remsberg
as Construction Worker/Auditioner
Isadora O'Boto
as Meter Maid/Auditioner
Kathleen Marshall
as Debby Klein
Judith Scarpone
as Mrs. Klein
Mark Medoff
as Mr. Klein
John Davimos
as Howard Klein
David Rosen
as Man at Bar
David Millibern
as Emergency Room Doctor
Dale Franzen
as Woglinde/Sieglinde
Suzanna Guzman
as Flosshilde/Brunnhilde
Gary Bachlund
as Siegfried/Siegmund
Kagan Ethan Marks
as Suzanne's Child
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