Amy & Isabelle

Amy & Isabelle
Directed by Lloyd Kramer
Screenplay by Joyce Eliason
Lloyd Kramer
Based on Amy and Isabelle
by Elizabeth Strout
Starring Elisabeth Shue
Hanna Hall
Music by Ernest Troost
Cinematography Eric Alan Edwards
Edited by Scott Chestnut
Distributed by ABC
Release dates
  • March 4, 2001 (2001-03-04) (ABC Channel)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Amy & Isabelle is a 2001 made-for-television movie 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.

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 movie "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]


  1. 1 2 "'AMY AND ISABELLE' ENTERS A NEW CHAPTER, AS OPRAH FILM". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  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). 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). Retrieved 2016-02-23.

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