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The Good Mother -- A divorcée, single parent falls in love with an Irish sculptor.


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Writers (WGA):
Michael Bortman (screenplay)
Sue Miller (based upon the novel by)
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Release Date:
4 November 1988 (USA) See more »
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.
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. | Full synopsis »
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Diane Keaton ... Anna

Liam Neeson ... Leo

Jason Robards ... Muth

Ralph Bellamy ... Grandfather

Teresa Wright ... Grandmother

James Naughton ... Brian
Asia Vieira ... Molly

Joe Morton ... Frank Williams

Katey Sagal ... Ursula
Margaret Bard ... Aunt Rain
Nancy Beatty ... Anna's Mother
Barry Belchamber ... Anna's Father
Mairon Bennett ... Young Anna

Zachary Bennett ... Young Bobby
Scott Brunt ... Eric

Eugene Clark ... Arch (as Eugene A. Clark)
Elizabeth Clarke ... Court Clerk
Beverly Cooper ... Celia (as Beverley Cooper)
Philip Eckman ... Uncle Rain
Greg Ellwand ... Garrett
Sheila Ferrini ... Neighborhood Woman #1
Adam Furfaro ... Alex
Donna Galligan ... Neighborhood Woman #2
David Gardner ... Judge
Teal Gennaro ... Neighbor Kid #1
Diane Gordon ... Nanny
Joyce Gordon ... Muth's Secretary

Tracy Griffith ... Babe
Tammy Heaberlin ... Ticket Agent
Daniel J. Howard ... Longshoreman's Son
Silas Jr. ... Emcee
Howard Jerome ... Eddie
Marvin Karon ... Bobby - older
Robert Keppy ... Jonathan

Charles Kimbrough ... Uncle Orrie
Timothy Lee ... Catherine's Husband (as Tim Lee)
Nina Linder ... Catherine
Richard LeBranti ... Neighbor Kid #2
Brian Mason ... Neighbor Kid #3

Fred Melamed ... Dr. Payne
Monique Mojica ... Mrs. Harkessian
Paul MacCallum ... Longshoreman
Butch McClendon ... Butch McClendon
Maureen McRae ... Aunt Weezie
Patricia Phillips ... Orrie's Wife
Karl Pruner ... William

Branko Racki ... Babe's '64 Boyfriend
Gary Reidt ... Bartender
Terrence Slater ... Uncle Weezie
Heather Smith ... Court Clerk
Tina Teggart ... Jocelyn
Rod Wilson ... Babe's Boyfriend
Cliff Woolner ... Court Bailiff
Brian Young ... Mark
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matt Damon ... Extra (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Michelle Fortune ... Laundry Girl (uncredited)
Cindy Girling ... Brenda (uncredited)

Directed by
Leonard Nimoy 
Writing credits
Michael Bortman (screenplay)

Sue Miller (based upon the novel by)

Produced by
Arne Glimcher .... producer (as Arnold Glimcher)
Daniel J. Heffner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
David Watkin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter E. Berger  (as Peter Berger)
Casting by
Barbara Shapiro 
Production Design by
Stan Jolley 
Art Direction by
Richard Harrison 
Hilton Rosemarin 
Set Decoration by
Anthony Greco 
Costume Design by
Susan Becker 
Makeup Department
Daniel Barrett .... hair stylist
Suzanne Benoit .... makeup artist
Michael Gemelli .... makeup assistant: Boston
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist: Boston (as Robert Grimaldi)
Tom Lucas .... makeup artist: Diane Keaton
Louis Sanft .... hair stylist: Boston
Thomas Yee .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jayne Armstrong .... post-production supervisor
David Coatsworth .... unit production manager
Joseph E. Foley .... unit production manager: Boston (as Joe Foley)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alice Bouvrie .... second second assistant director: Boston (as Alice D. Bouvrie)
Ann-Marie Ferney-Tellez .... third assistant director (as Anne-Marie Ferney)
Daniel J. Heffner .... first assistant director (as Daniel Jason Heffner)
Tony Lucibello .... first assistant director
Kim H. Winther .... second assistant director (as Kim Winther)
Grant Lucibello .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Sharon Barnebey .... scenic artist: Boston
Ian Brock .... assistant art director
Tracey A. Doyle .... assistant set decorator (as Tracey Doyle)
David Hacker .... sculptures
Stephen T. Higgins .... props: Boston
Ron MacMillan .... construction coordinator
Susie Mah .... assistant art director
Don McQueen .... assistant set decorator
Don Miloyevich .... property master
Ian Nelmes .... scenic artist
Greg Pelchat .... assistant property master
Dan Wladyka .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Wayne Allwine .... sound effects editor
Ron Bartlett .... foley editor
Michael J. Benavente .... sound effects editor
Alice Clift .... foley artist
Linda Corbin .... foley mixer
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo consultant: Dolby (as Thomas Ehle)
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound effects editor
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Roxanne Jones .... foley editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor (as Nicholas Korda)
David Lee .... production sound mixer
Richard Lightstone .... production sound mixer
Angie Luckey .... sound effects assistant
Donald J. Malouf .... sound effects editor (as Don Malouf)
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects (as Mark Mangini)
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Patterson .... sound effects editor (as Andrew G. Patterson)
Sonny Pettijohn .... sound effects assistant
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe Boisseau)
Jim Thompson .... boom operator (as James L. Thompson)
David A. Whittaker .... sound effects editor (as David Whittaker)
John Motyer .... boom operator (uncredited)
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
Dennis Lundin .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Crone .... camera operator
Tony Eldridge .... best boy
Roy Elliston .... best boy grip
Noah Farrell .... dolly grip
Kenneth Fundus .... dolly grip: Boston (as Kenneth Fundus Jr.)
Ron Gillham .... key grip
Gerry Gorman .... second camera assistant: Boston
Richard Guinness Jr. .... key grip: Boston (as Richard Guinness)
Tim Guinness .... best boy: Boston (as Timothy Guinness)
Barbara Hanania .... first camera assistant: Boston
Chris Holmes .... gaffer
Ronald Plant .... best boy grip: Boston
Thom Ryan .... first assistant camera operator
Frank Schulz .... gaffer: Boston (as Frank O. Schulz)
Dave C. Sheridan .... second assistant camera operator (as Dave Sheridan)
Michael Stone .... second camera operator: Boston
Matt Tundo .... camera operator
William M. Weberg .... grip
Graeme Weston .... first assistant camera operator
John Williamson .... still photographer
Ron Zarilla .... first camera assistant: Boston
Michael Ginsburg .... still photographer: USA (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Toronto
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim W. Chow .... costumer (as Kim Chow)
James Lapidus .... costume supervisor (as Jim Lapidus)
Lisa Lovaas .... costumer
Penny Lucey .... assistant wardrobe: Boston
Arthur Rowsell .... costume supervisor
Ann Russell .... costumer
Editorial Department
Bruce W. Cathcart .... assistant editor (as Bruce Cathcart)
Susan Shipton .... assistant editor: Toronto
George C. Villaseñor .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Location Management
Dorigen Fode .... assistant location manager
Charles Harrington .... location manager: Boston
Mathew Hart .... location manager
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Kathy Durning .... supervising music editor
Janet Frank .... piano instructor: Ms. Keaton
Susan Greenway .... piano coach
Cynthia Millar .... musician: ondes Martenot solo
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Rotondi .... scoring engineer: Y4 (uncredited)
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Fred Ionson .... transportation coordinator
William O'Brien .... transportation captain: Boston (as Bill O'Brien)
Other crew
Susan Bay .... project consultant
Cynthia Clayton .... production assistant (as Cyndie Clayton)
Lynn K. D'Angona .... production assistant: Boston (as Lynn d'Angona)
Stephen Dembitzer .... production assistant: Boston (as Steve Dembitzer)
Barry Fitzsimmons .... production assistant: Boston
Sara Holmes .... production assistant
Barry Johnson .... production assistant: Boston
Grant Lucibello .... production assistant
Mara McSweeny .... production coordinator
Sharon O'Dwyer .... production coordinator
Cynthia Quan .... production accountant
Anna Reinhardt .... assistant: Arnold Glimcher
Wendie Saltarski .... assistant accountant
Jay Scharer .... production assistant: Boston
Ori Seron .... assistant: Leonard Nimoy
Michael H. Smith .... production assistant
Eric T. Snyder .... production assistant (as Erik Snyder)
Jim Solomon .... production assistant: Boston
Karen Vaughan .... production coordinator: Boston
Peter Winther .... production assistant: Boston
Braden Wright .... unit publicist (as Darryl Albion Wright)
Elaine Yarish .... script supervisor
Carter Blanchard .... production assistant (uncredited)
Suzanne Wilson-Fellows .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Joe Kelly .... producers wish to thank

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Also Known As:
"The Price of Passion" - South Africa (English title) (video title)
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Brazil:104 min | USA:103 min | Argentina:104 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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Actress Asia Vieira, who plays Molly in the film, has the real life middle name Molly.See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully Acted, Tender Story, 13 January 2005
Author: mmitsos-1 from Oak Brook

JJack100 couldn't be more ridiculous in her/his assessment of this film. "The Good Mother" is a wonderfully acted, beautiful little film that is completely underrated. Very basically, it illustrates the problems that sometimes might ensue due to simple "clashes" of culture and social morais, even though both are western (she's American, he's Irish). It might have been interesting to see how the daughter describes to her biological father what actually happened with the boyfriend. But beyond this single observation, it is to some degree a very interesting little character study of a single mother finding her way and stepping into the world of dating. The relationship between the mother and the daughter is solid, and it is this very relationship that the mother has invested so much of her life cultivating, nurturing, and perfecting. But now, she is confronted with the possibility of losing the one accomplishment, this relationship, to which she has committed herself and about which she feels very proud. Overall, this is a quiet, very well acted, and ultimately heart-wrenching film.

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