Amy & Isabelle

Amy & Isabelle is a 2001 made-for-television film produced through Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films as part of her "Oprah Winfrey Presents" film line.[1] It was directed by Lloyd Kramer, who had previously directed another film under the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" banner, Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day. The book is based on the 1998 Elizabeth Strout book Amy and Isabelle and stars Elisabeth Shue and Hanna Hall as Isabelle and her daughter Amy.

Amy & Isabelle
Directed byLloyd Kramer
Screenplay byJoyce Eliason
Lloyd Kramer
Based onAmy and Isabelle
by Elizabeth Strout
StarringElisabeth Shue
Hanna Hall
Music byErnest Troost
CinematographyEric Alan Edwards
Edited byScott Chestnut
Distributed byABC
Release date
  • March 4, 2001 (2001-03-04) (ABC Channel)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States

Filming took place in South Carolina and the movie aired on ABC on March 4, 2001.[1][2]


Isabelle and Amy Goodman are a mother and daughter that are currently living in the small mill town of Shirley Falls. The two are frequently at odds, something that is partially because Isabelle keeps everyone at a distance, which strains her relationship with her daughter. When her daughter meets Peter Robertson, a substitute math teacher at her school, she quickly falls for him – something that Peter is all too willing to exploit for his own purposes. Eventually this relationship becomes public, setting off public gossip and causing a fight between Amy and Isabelle that almost completely shatters their bonds.



Critical reception for the film has been mixed.[3] Time commented that the film "ramps up the melodrama" while praising Shue's acting, and People Magazine stated that it was "too dependent on voice-over narration, and the film ultimately turns on a revelation that I found predictable and implausible. Fortunately it has what matters most: characters worth caring about."[4][5] Dove Media was also mixed in their opinion, as they found it to be a "well-acted presentation, with a message of healing relationships and acceptance of the weaknesses of others" while also finding it "depressing and unfulfilling."[6]

Viewership for the film was high, with 19.4 million viewers tuning into ABC.[7]


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  2. "Oprah-Winfrey-Presents-Amy-and-Isabelle". Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  3. Rosenfeld, Megan (March 3, 2001). "'Amy & Isabelle': Amid Hardships, a Hopeful Heart". The Washington Post (subscription required). Archived from the original on May 5, 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  4. Poniewozik, James (2001-03-05). "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Amy And Isabelle". Time. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  5. "Picks and Pans Review: Amy and Isabelle". People. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  6. "Amy and Isabelle: Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews". The Dove Foundation. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  7. Johnson, Allan (March 7, 2001). "ABC's `Amy & Isabelle' wins the Sunday night `sweeps'". Chicago Tribune (subscription required). Archived from the original on November 19, 2018. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
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