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The Good Mother (1988)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  4 November 1988 (USA)
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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.

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Anna
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Leo
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Muth
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Grandfather
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Brian
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Molly
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Frank Williams
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Ursula
Margaret Bard ...
Aunt Rain
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Anna's Mother
Barry Belchamber ...
Anna's Father
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Young Anna
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Young Bobby
Scott Brunt ...
Eric
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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.

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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.

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Drama | Romance

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4 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El precio de una pasión  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,764,606 (USA)
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During the filming of an emotional court room scene with Diane Keaton concerning the custody of her daughter, it was found out that one of the cameras shooting did not have the proper film so did not film the scene. Director Leonard Nimoy felt bad about having to have Diane Keaton film it again because she had done it so well. He showed up at her dressing room door with two dozen roses in his arms. He gave the roses to her first, then gave her the bad news about having to re-shoot the scene. Diane Keaton took it well, and had no problem with having to re-shoot the scene. See more »

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Referenced in Biography: Leonard Nimoy: Spock and Beyond (1996) See more »

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Just Like U Said It Would B
Written by Sinéad O'Connor & Steve Wickham
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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Excellent, compelling, infuriating, underrated.
7 July 1999 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

I'm cautious about films with a message: they are too easily heavy-handed and preachy, or on the other extreme capable of producing a mass "understanding" that is actually untrue ("The Klansman/Birth of a Nation" comes to mind). Films dealing with sexual attitudes can very glibly preach either "damnation for transgression" or "freedom from repression" with equal superficiality. This film is remarkable for painting all its characters with dimension: no one is evil, but everyone can be weak, afraid, and make poor decisions with good yet fearful intentions. The acting is terrific, so you feel satisfied at having seen a movie of quality at the same time you feel frustrated, infuriated, and finally exhausted by the outcome of the plot. Another example of Leonard Nimoy's excellent qualities as a director, forever lost - I'm afraid - in the strange perception that his work in Star Trek makes all of his career somehow lightweight.


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