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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 ...
Ameh Bozorg
Mary Nell Santacroce ...
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.


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Jamais sans ma fille  »

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Nicole: If you marry an Iranian man, you automatically become an Iranian citizen. The laws regarding women are very strict. You cannot travel anywhere without written permission. You have no rights to the children. They go to the man in a divorce. I'm sorry, but you *will* have to go back to your husband.
Betty Mahmoody: But we'll never get out of Iran. We're being held hostage! It was almost impossible to come here!
Nicole: Mrs. Mahmoody, there are many American women here in similar circumstances.
Nicole: May I ask you why ...
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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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18 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I have seen other comments that tell "his" side of the story. He was a cruel man and basically held her hostage by not letting her leave without her daughter. He was a worm and a bully. Hurray for Betty and the bravery of her escape. I would have loved to see his face when he found out she made it back. He under estimated her--that stupid fool. He forgot that American women don't like to be bossed around. I hope he never got to see or talk to his daughter again. He doesn't deserve it. And don't believe any propaganda they try and sell you about how her poor husband got the dirty end of the stick. He pulled an underhanded sneak attack on her and didn't have the "you know what" to tell her his plans. Good for you Betty--and as for that creep and all creeps like him in Iran--good riddance. And don't buy it for a minute that Betty was lying. She wasn't. I have heard the same from other women in the same boat. She spoke the truth about everything and it is much worse than she even described.

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