This story focuses on the changing relationship between two women, a mother and her daughter-in-law, over a 14 year span. The first is a domineering, self righteous and flamboyant former ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Burning Bed (TV Movie 1984)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Paul Le Mat, Richard Masur
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Set in Northern England, this powerful tale of suppressed sexuality offers poignant and sharply observant social commentary, interlaced with a tender romance. Vetern actress Barbara Marten ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Woodcock
Stars: Barbara Marten, Andrina Carroll, Andrew Dunn
Small Sacrifices (TV Movie 1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.

Director: David Greene
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, Gordon Clapp
Murder in Texas (TV Movie 1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Story of Texas heiress Joan Robinson who married plastic surgeon, John Hill. Her father, Ash is suspicious of Hill, thinking that he married Joan for money which he used to buy a house and ... See full summary »

Director: William Hale
Stars: Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Farrah Fawcett
Criminal Behavior (TV Movie 1992)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Female lawyer is stalked by a killer.

Director: Michael Miller
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, A Martinez, Dakin Matthews
The Substitute Wife (TV Movie 1994)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Nebraska, in pioneer days, a woman who knows she is going to die asks a prostitute to replace her with her husband and four children in order to make it possible for them to keep their family farm.

Director: Peter Werner
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Lea Thompson, Peter Weller
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The true story of one of the richest women in America - heiress to the Woolworth fortune. She had vast wealth and seven husbands, but never found lasting love.

Director: Charles Jarrott
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, David Ackroyd, Stéphane Audran
Silk Hope (TV Movie 1999)
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A fun-loving woman (Farrah Fawcett) returns to the North Carolina farm where she grew up and tries to prevent it from being sold by her sister.

Director: Kevin Dowling
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Brad Johnson, Ashley Crow
Baby (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A couple finds a baby on their doorstep with a note asking them to temporarily keep it. They take the baby in and care for it as if it were their own. But what if the baby's mom really returns to claim it?

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Keith Carradine, Jean Stapleton
Margaret Bourke-White (TV Movie 1989)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Biographical account of pioneering photographer's career.

Director: Lawrence Schiller
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Frederic Forrest, David Huddleston
Extremities (1986)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A woman takes revenge on the man who invades her home and tries to rape her.

Director: Robert M. Young
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, James Russo, Alfre Woodard
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A woman's husband is murdered and she and her lover must find the killer or stand accused of doing it themselves.

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Jeff Bridges, John Wood
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Val Petherton
...
Barbara Petherton
...
Harry Petherton
...
Kate Petherton
...
Sandy Petherton
...
Teddy Petherton
...
Dr. Wallace
Kenneth Danziger ...
Charles
...
Robert Walker
Lora Staley
Angelica Andersen ...
Young Kate
Fran Bennett ...
Night Nurse
Alexandra Borrie
Edit

Storyline

This story focuses on the changing relationship between two women, a mother and her daughter-in-law, over a 14 year span. The first is a domineering, self righteous and flamboyant former opera star who has alienated her son, a self-centered artist. His wife is a bright school teacher, who has trouble dealing with either of the two. The film looks at the first meeting of the two women before the marriage and moves forward in time with the mother-in-law interfering in the couple's marriage to the point of causing a separation. However, 14 years after the initial meeting, the mother has a devastating stroke and it is the daughter-in-law who steps in to help her and strives to give her the courage to survive. The film is about the wasted time that exists with many human relationships. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Trennung  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Spalding Gray was considered for Michael Nouri's role. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Monster in a Box (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This movie was carefully crafted, a gentle master work worth catching if you can; it is one of those rare gems that inspires without sappiness or a sledgehammer
5 December 2002 | by (Here) – See all my reviews

This quiet movie worked for me. I have never seen the potentially explosive, often confusing relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law addressed so sensitively--or at all, come to think of it. Every character was believable, even the children. Watch for the subtle history lesson the son communicated with just a few words and body language in the dinner table scene. This movie was carefully crafted, a gentle master work worth catching if you can (I saw it on Lifetime). It is one of those rare gems that inspires without sappiness or a sledgehammer. In the end, we are left wanting to pick up the phone and appreciate the people in our lives, no matter how difficult they are, even when it doesn't seem to make sense.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Between Two Women (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?