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The Good Mother (1988)

 -  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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Grandmother
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Brian
Asia Vieira ...
Molly
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Frank Williams
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Ursula
Margaret Bard ...
Aunt Rain
Nancy Beatty ...
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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)  »

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$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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Just Like U Said It Would B
Written by Sinéad O'Connor & Steve Wickham
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OK, non-commercial film, a bit unpleasant
18 July 2005 | by (Houston) – See 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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