Joshua's Heart (1990)

Director: Michael Pressman
Writer: Susan Cuscuna

Release Date: 10 September 1990 (USA)

Claudia (Melissa Gilbert) is a shy and sensitive woman who is swept off her feet by Tom, after she meets him with his ten-year old son Joshua at the movie theatre. She develops an instant bond with Joshua who is starved for motherly attention as his mother left him when he was 5 years of age. His father is busy with work and he is often left in the care of babysitters. In a whirlwind romance Claudia moves in with Tom and develops a motherly relationship with Joshua. He even spends Christmas with her and her family when Tom can't get back from a business trip, and also helps her with the children's book she is writing and illustrating. The relationship with Tom is not all that she hopes it would be and she soon realizes that he is a selfish person who is not interested in settling down. In fact he has already moved on with another woman. Claudia & Joshua continue to be bonded together even after she moves out, and Claudia faces an interesting dilemma. Does she try to adopt Joshua, or does she take a step back and allow him to bond with his real mother who is trying to start over?


Credited Cast:

Melissa Gilbert ... Claudia
im Matheson ... Tom
Matthew Lawrence ... Joshua
Lisa Eilbacher ... Kit
Debra Mooney ... Claudia's Mother
Jack Blessing ... Nick