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A Family in Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story (2000)

TV Movie | 90 min | Drama

Based on the true headline-generating story of the five-year-old Cuban boy who is the sole survivor of a refugee boat that sunk in a storm on its way to the U.S. Found clinging to a rubber tube by fishermen off the coast of Miami after ...See moreBased on the true headline-generating story of the five-year-old Cuban boy who is the sole survivor of a refugee boat that sunk in a storm on its way to the U.S. Found clinging to a rubber tube by fishermen off the coast of Miami after being adrift for two days, Elian is rushed to a U.S. hospital and is soon identified as the only son of Juan Gonzalez, a loyal Cuban who was unaware of his ex-wife's risky defection plan. Placed in temporary custody of his great-uncle Lazaro in Miami, who vows never to return Elian to Cuba, this young boy soon becomes the center of an international media and political frenzy. Supported by attorneys and activists, Lazaro fights to seek permanent custody of Elian. But Elian's devoted father, backed by the Cuban nation, demands the return of his beloved son. Written by Harmony Gold See less
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Julie Ashton (as Julie Ashton-Barson)
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Charles Dwight Lee (as Charles Lee)
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Sep 17, 2000 (United States)

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Esai Morales
Juan Miguel Gonzalez Juan Miguel Gonzalez   See fewer
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Alec Roberts
Elian Gonzalez Elian Gonzalez   See fewer
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Laura Harring
Marisleysis Gonzalez (as Laura Elena Harring) Marisleysis Gonzalez (as Laura Elena Harring)   See fewer
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Seidy Lopez
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James Quattrochi
Donato Dalrymple Donato Dalrymple   See fewer
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Betty Carvalho
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Terri Hoyos
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Roxana Brusso
Arianne Arianne   See fewer
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Jullian Dulce Vida
Nivaldo Ferran (as Julio Dolce Vita) Nivaldo Ferran (as Julio Dolce Vita)   See fewer
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Renee Victor
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Alan Rachins
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Maria Carmen
Nersy Gonzalez Nersy Gonzalez   See fewer
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Robert Cicchini
Sam Ciancio Sam Ciancio   See fewer
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Ricky Luna
Carlos Carlos   See fewer
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Tony Genaro
Arturo Arturo   See fewer
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Eliana Alexander
Delores Delores   See fewer
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Susan Merson
Janet Reno Janet Reno   See fewer
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Shannon Welles
Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin   See fewer
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Simon Billig
Agent Parker Agent Parker   See fewer
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Steve Gonzales
Border Patrol Talbot (as Steven A. Gonzales) Border Patrol Talbot (as Steven A. Gonzales)   See fewer
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Marco Lopez
Barber Barber   See fewer
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Michael White
Physician Physician   See fewer
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Preston Ahearn
Reporter Reporter   See fewer
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Camile Camile   See fewer
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George Meyers
Protester Planting Flag Protester Planting Flag   See fewer
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Cheryl Newman
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Travis Rosario
Elian's cousin Elian's cousin   See fewer
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5.3 / 10 | 84 votes