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Not Without My Daughter (1991)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  11 January 1991 (USA)
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An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.

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"Moody" is an Iranian doctor living in America with his American wife Betty and their child Mahtob. Wanting to see his homeland again, he convinces his wife to take a short holiday there with him and Mahtob. Betty is reluctant, as Iran is not a pleasant place, especially if you are American and female. Upon arrival in Iran, it appears that her worst fears are realized: Moody declares that they will be living there from now on. Betty is determined to escape from Iran, but taking her daughter with her presents a larger problem. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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In 1984, Betty Mahmoody's husband took his wife and daughter to meet his family in Iran. He swore they would be safe. They would be happy. They would be free to leave. He lied.

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Jamais sans ma fille  »

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In the book, Betty Mahmoody and Mahtob escaped Iran thru the northern mountain regions in the dead of winter with severe ice and snow. The producers planned to film the escape scene in the Eilat Mountain in Southern Israel. However, there was no snow that winter and the escape scene was going to scrapped. Many protests arose because they felt the scene was essential. Sally Field even threatened to quit the project. The producers looked for other locations but either they were too expensive or unsafe for the actors and the crew. Finally, the scene was re written to have Betty Mahmoodey and Mahtob traveling thru the desert in searing heat. See more »

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There is no home near Friday praying mosque in Tehran, and Mr. Mahmoodi's home was 10 kilometers from that. See more »

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Mahtob: [watches as her father attacks her mother] Mummy!
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Written by Mildred J. Hill & Patty S. Hill
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one sided,but undeniably powerful!
27 October 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie does everything possible to ilicit a reaction to the horror that betty mahmoody went through. Sally Field plays Betty Mahmoody, an american woman that married an Iranian in the US, only to go back to Iran being told by him that it would be a vacation, he decided to stay in Iran and virtualy had her as prisoner because she didn't want to stay. This movie has been criticized for being one sided, showing muslims, especially men as violent wife beaters. Though I agree that the film does do that, the film is told from her point of view, and is not meant to be a documentary. The husband is Moody is played by Alfred Molina, his performance is good, the script does allow him to be 3 dimensional, there are moments when his facial expressions transmit that he knows that what he is doing to his wife is wrong. The movie might have been better if they would have focused more on his feelings, but it is hard to sympathize with him, from the beginning he had mislead his wife, later beating her often. Is it a great film,no, but its performances are good and it inspires thought. This movie works on the level of a personal story, politicaly, it can be said that it is just pro US propaganda. But Betty's story is harrowing nonetheless


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