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The Good Mother (1988)

A divorced mother may lose custody of her young daughter to her ex-husband after he learns that the little girl crawled into bed with the mother and her boyfriend.

Director:

Leonard Nimoy

Writers:

Michael Bortman (screenplay), Sue Miller (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Anna Dunlop
Liam Neeson ... Leo Cutter
Jason Robards ... W. O. Muth
Ralph Bellamy ... Frank - Grandfather
Teresa Wright ... Eleanor - Grandmother
James Naughton ... Brian Dunlop
Asia Vieira ... Molly Dunlop
Joe Morton ... Frank Williams
Katey Sagal ... Ursula
Margaret Bard Margaret Bard ... Aunt Rain
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Anna's Mother
Barry Belchamber Barry Belchamber ... Anna's Father
Mairon Bennett Mairon Bennett ... Young Anna
Zachary Bennett ... Young Bobby
Scott Brunt Scott Brunt ... Eric
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Storyline

A divorced mother may lose custody of her young daughter to her ex-husband after he learns that the little girl crawled into bed with the mother and her boyfriend.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Can a court determine how we should live, how we should love, how we should raise our children? Now Anna must prove that she is the Good Mother.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El precio de una pasión See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,804,288, 6 November 1988

Gross USA:

$4,764,606

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,764,606
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Matt Damon's first film. He appears as an extra. See more »

Connections

Referenced in DuckTales: The Good Muddahs (1989) See more »

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Written by Thomas Walsh
Arranged & Performed by Buttons & Bows
Courtesy of Green Linnet Records
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OK, non-commercial film, a bit unpleasant
18 July 2005 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

Not particularly pleasant to watch. The events at the heart of this movie are supposed to be thought of ambiguously, as maybe not such a big deal. I don't know about 1988 Boston, but I live in the South in 2005. I think that here and now, if these sort of things came to light, there would be a lot more going on than a custody dispute. Probably a major criminal investigation, at minimum. Anyone has the right to live a bohemian or libertine lifestyle, but not necessarily the right to subject children to such things.

The movie could have developed the character of the ex-husband a bit more. As it stands you really don't know if his motivations are reasonable concerns about his child, or if he simply intends to stick it to his ex.

Everything else about the film, aside from the material was just fine. The lead acting, the child actor, Leonard Nimoy's direction were all good. Katey Sagal was good and looked scrumptious in a small part.

Worth checking out if you are willing to forgo the car chases and alien wars, and think about something. But don't expect to enjoy it.


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