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Not Without My Daughter (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 11 January 1991 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheila Rosenthal ...
Sarah Badel ...
Mony Rey ...
Mary Nell Santacroce ...
Marc Gowan ...
Bruce Evers ...
Jonathan Cherchi ...
Soudabeh Farrokhnia ...
Michael Morim ...


"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.


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

11 January 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jamais sans ma fille  »

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$14,789,113 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Mahtob" in Persian means "moonlight". See more »


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


[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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Tavalodet Mobarak
Written by Nozar Parang
Performed by The Moody Family
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Amazingly not true
13 December 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I seen this movie and wounder how it can be wrong.

Firstly it is not a story about an mother and daughter cause it portrayed all Iranian like cruel and bad people, and of course they behave to women like slaves.... ! Some points why we should not believe Betty Mahmoody;

First, I admit bad people could be found all around the world, however, this is not just about a bad and cruel husband, she portrayed all Iranians like this. I suggest whoever believe this just google it and see read about Iran.

Moreover, I am sure if you do a little bit of effort, you will finally find some Iranians or some who traveled to Iran. Just simply ask them if Iran and Iranians are like this....!!!

Definitely, there are some limitations But not what portrayed.... Apart from religion and politics in Iran, women are part of our culture and with all limitation they have had applied their opinion. I admit not like men in recent decades but it is part of their culture from thousands years ago.....!

This movie is totally political as governors comes and goes and the changes some laws but they cannot change culture easily. this happened in 1984 just 6 years after revolution and no one can change culture of people even in decades....

Just do a little be research about Iran, CULTURE AND PEOPLE and you will see 100 percent lies and discrepancy.....!

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