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26 November 1978 (USA) See more »
A woman fights her ex-husband for custody of her children when he sues for custody after learning that she is living in a relationship with another woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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Phenomenal, poignant made-for-TV drama about a lesbian woman fighting for custody of her son. See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)

Gena Rowlands ... Linda Ray Guettner

Jane Alexander ... Barbara Moreland

Ned Beatty ... Dwayne Stabler

Clu Gulager ... Mike Guettner

Bonnie Bedelia ... Joan Saltzman

James Sutorius ... Richard Freeman

Keith Coogan ... Billy Guettner (as Keith Mitchell)
Josh Albee ... David Guettner

Jocelyn Brando ... Mrs. Hunnicutt
Gwen Arner ... Dr. Tippit
John Harkins ... Dr. Berwick

Nancy McKeon ... Susan Moreland
S. John Launer ... The Judge

Philip Sterling
Donald Hotton

Michael C. Gwynne
Ned Wilson
Susan Batson

Macon McCalman
Ruth Silveira
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

K Callan ... Reporter

Directed by
Jerry Thorpe 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Blinn 

Produced by
William Blinn .... producer
Michael A. Hoey .... associate producer
Jerry Thorpe .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
Cinematography by
Chuck Arnold  (as Charles G. Arnold)
Film Editing by
Byron Chudnow 
Casting by
Toni Howard 
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Stephen Myles Berger  (as Stephen M. Berger)
Set Decoration by
Warren Welch 
Costume Design by
Denita Del Signore 
Bernie Pollack 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns Jr. .... makeup artist
Jo McCarthy .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Foulkes .... first assistant director (as Tom Foulkes)
Lorraine Senna .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... re-recording mixer
William Randall .... sound
Editorial Department
Jane Morrison .... assistant editor
Jane Morrison .... assistant editor
Other crew
Carol Westphall .... script supervisor

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Based on the true story of lesbian mother Mary Jo Risher's fight to retain custody of her children.See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Phenomenal, poignant made-for-TV drama about a lesbian woman fighting for custody of her son., 11 November 1998
Author: meebly from Denver, CO

Groundbreaking drama of lesbian mother (Rowlands), happily sharing a home with her lover (Alexander) and their respective children. Rowlands' children were previously unaware of the sexual relationship. When the oldest son finds out, he leaves and moves in with his father, who then proceeds to initiate legal proceedings to win custody of the other children. Extraordinarily well-acted and directed, with very little sentimentality and virtually no political dogma. This film set the standard for mature, thoughtful presentations of homosexuality in everyday life, and every one of the players is exceptional. Oddly, this received very little backlash at the time it first aired, while today it would bring the pious out in droves to stage protests and boycotts. As the forerunner of a long string of films tackling the subject matter in the 80s and 90s, this is the film to look at to see just how far we haven't come.

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