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The Good Mother (1988)

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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Cast

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Anna Dunlop
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Leo Cutter
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W. O. Muth
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Frank - Grandfather
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Eleanor - Grandmother
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Brian Dunlop
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Molly Dunlop
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Frank Williams
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Ursula
Margaret Bard ...
Aunt Rain
Nancy Beatty ...
Anna's Mother
Barry Belchamber ...
Anna's Father
Mairon Bennett ...
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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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although Teresa Wright plays Diane Keaton's grandmother, she was only 27 years her senior in real life. See more »

Connections

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

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Whiplash
Written by Greg Piccolo
Performed by Roomful of Blues
Featuring Arlene Bennett
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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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