Three days in the life of the lover, Mother and Grandmother of Andre who has just died of AIDS.



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Episode credited cast:
Cal Porter - Andre's Lover
Katherine Gerard - Andre's Mother
Mrs. Downs - Andre's Grandmother
Richard Venture ...
Penny - Cal's Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Hanket ...
Kim Shambach ...
Young Mother
Nick Smith ...
Balloon Vendor


Cal is a young writer living in New York when he meets and falls in love with Andre, an aspiring actor. Andre's mother visits from Texas, and has a hard time dealing with her son's relationship and lifestyle, despite Cal's efforts to become her friend. Andre's irascible grandmother is more accepting, but her daughter is intransigent in her disapproval. A call from Cal to Andre's mother in the middle of the night is her first indication that her son was dealing with AIDS - and was against letting her know. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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7 March 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In 2014, a full-length sequel to Andre's Mother was produced on Broadway. "Mothers and Sons" takes place twenty years later. Mrs. Gerard (originated by Tyne Daly) comes to visit Cal in NYC & meets his new husband Will and their son, Bud. See more »

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Plain and simple
13 July 2005 | by (Topeka,Kansas,USA) – See all my reviews

The 1990 PBS offering of a Terrence McNally play(more like a playlet,since this barely covers an hour's time) is a very simple story of the strained relations between a be-grieved lover and his lover's mother in the wake of said lover's death. The difference,of course,is that the lovers in this instance are gay men and the mother has had extreme difficulty dealing with this fact,which makes her son's death from AIDS all the more painful for her.

This show works on so many levels. McNally's play is chatty--perhaps to a fault--but it never fails to convey the friction of the relationships that Andre's mother has with not only his lover Cal(Richard Thomas,almost saintly here)but also with her mother(Sylvia Sindey) and,of course, Andre himself. The use of symbolism(mostly of white balloons),classical music and Shakespearian verse creates an almost ethereal air to this show. It might seem to be another sainted,gay people dealing with death and intolerance movie from these elements,but the brevity and care that this show is made with allows enough emotional bonding with the characters without tiring the viewer("Philadelphia" comes to mind here)along the way.

A sad and reflective film that,if you bond with it in any way,you will want to know more about these characters after it is over. More of a snapshot than a portrait,but in serious entertainment these days, I personally find that highly refreshing.

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