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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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Also Known As:

Jamais sans ma fille  »

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$14,789,113 (USA)
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Trivia

Mahtob's father, Seyyed Bozorg Mahmoody, later told his view of the events in the documentary film Without My Daughter (2002), aka "Without My Daughter." See more »

Goofs

The way which Muslims pray in all of the praying scenes are wrong, and the opposite of Islamic rules. See more »

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[Moody laughs unexpectedly]
Betty Mahmoody: What's so funny?
Moody: You know, they think we make love all the time.
Betty Mahmoody: Who?
Moody: The family.
Betty Mahmoody: Why?
Moody: Well... because here, you know, after they make love, they have to take a shower because, you know, they can't pray unless they do, you know. It's considered unclean. And we're taking two, three showers a day!
[Moody continues laughing]
Betty Mahmoody: Oh God! What do they think? We're two rabbits or something!
[Betty is now laughing]
[...]
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Referenced in Letzte Hilfe (2004) See more »

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VISSI D'ARTE
from "TOSCA"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Zinka Milanov and The Rome Orchestra and Chorus
Conducted by Erich Leinsdorf
Courtesy of RCA Victor Red Seal
A division of BMC Classics
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What's all the fuss about!!!!!
1 December 2002 | by (Los Angeles CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie quite some time ago and enjoyed it. It did not leave me with a negative image of Iranians, Islam or Persia at all. I saw it as a simple story of mother trying to do what was best for her daughter. Not wanting ones daughter to be a second class citizen in my own opinion does not warrant the hostility I have seen portrayed in the previous comments. Sally Fields performance was certainly good. The movie told the story from the wifes/mothers point of view. I found that the movie showed just cause why the husband would become disenchanted with the USA. I can completely understand why he would like to return to his home. After all there is no place like home. My sympathy however with the husband left me when I saw the deception he displayed keeping his American family in Iran. This movie, though flawed was well worth viewing.


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