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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Asia Vieira ...
Frank Williams
Margaret Bard ...
Aunt Rain
Nancy Beatty ...
Anna's Mother
Barry Belchamber ...
Anna's Father
Mairon Bennett ...
Young Anna
Young Bobby
Scott Brunt ...


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.


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

4 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El precio de una pasión  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)


$4,764,606 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Written by Greg Piccolo
Performed by Roomful of Blues
Featuring Arlene Bennett
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29 July 2004 | by (KS) – See all my reviews

Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson are great together, but the subject matter is hard to watch.

The points of view of the different characters are well presented. You can understand everyone's behavior and conclusions.

Would I have preferred a tidy, happy ending? Yes. But this movie doesn't take the easy way out. It tackles a difficult situation caused by "enlightened, progressive" thinking, and leaves you pondering. I so wanted to point out to the characters the early errors so the catastrophic ending could be avoided.

THE GOOD MOTHER presents one of the most honest portrayals of awakening female sexuality and committed love on film.

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