John and Ann want to marry but John's possessive mother is a bit overbearing and jealous. How far will mother go to come between them?

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Margaretta Scott ...
Katharine
Francis Matthews ...
John
Kay Callard ...
Ann
Alison Leggatt ...
Emma
Ian Fleming ...
Walter
Jan Holden ...
Mary
Tony Thawnton ...
Calvin
Denis Shaw ...
Bishop
Totti Truman Taylor ...
Miss Frobisher
Edith Saville ...
Lady Harriett
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John and Ann want to marry but John's possessive mother is a bit overbearing and jealous. How far will mother go to come between them?

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14 September 1958 (UK)  »

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In interesting idea for a film, but a bit too obvious.
20 March 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A momma's boy comes home from medical school with a surprise in tow--a new fiancée! Well, his mother certainly can't have ANYONE taking her little boy away from her, so she spends much of the film trying to bring her son back under her thumb--and to drive the fiancée away from him. When Mother learns that her daughter-in-law to be has a heart condition, she does her best to make sure her new rival has a heart attack. What's next in sick sick, twisted, Oedipal home?

The basic idea of an evil and possessive mother trying to break up her son's upcoming marriage is an interesting one. The problem with "Woman Possessed" is that it's all too obvious. No subtlety is involved at all and only a complete moron wouldn't recognize that his mother was trying to destroy the marriage! And, when his fiancée brings it to his attention, he is adamant in defending his mother. In other words, the man is simply too stupid and the mother's actions should have been handled with more finesse. The mother is pretty bad and in an obvious way. And, for that matter, why would the fiancée stay? She KNOWS her future mother-in-law is bad--and who wants to marry a weenie like the son?! But, if you ignore all these reasonable questions in your mind, you can enjoy the film.

Great idea, somewhat indifferent execution--it's worth seeing and not as bad as the current 3.1 rating would suggest, but it's not an especially inspired film. At least the nice twist at the end made it worth seeing.


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