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Mother's Boys (1994)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  18 March 1994 (USA)
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Jude Madigan abandons her husband Robert and her three sons without any explanation. Three years later Jude inexplicably returns to reunite her family. However Robert and his new lover ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Robert Madigan
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Colleen 'Callie' Harland (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
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Lydia
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Kes Madigan
Colin Ward ...
Michael Madigan
Joey Zimmerman ...
Ben Madigan
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Lansing, Jude's Attorney
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Mark Kaplan, Robert's Attorney
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Everett, Principal
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Mr. Fogel, Teacher
Jill Freedman ...
Nurse
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Robert's Associate
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Jude's Analyst
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Planetarium Woman
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Storyline

Jude Madigan abandons her husband Robert and her three sons without any explanation. Three years later Jude inexplicably returns to reunite her family. However Robert and his new lover Callie see Jude for the true psychopath she is and try their best to protect their sons. Jude embarks on a non stop stalking and harassment campaign against the family, and even seduces her eldest son Kess into committing her acts of violence. Written by Volker Boehm

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Three years ago Jude disappeared. Now, she's coming back for her family...whether they like it or not. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and for a mother's sociopathic behavior | See all certifications »

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18 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Adistakti mitera  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$874,148 (USA)
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Goofs

Jude's mother is on a ventilator and has a nasal cannula in place, so should not be able to speak. See more »

Quotes

Ben Madigan: [Innocently] Dad's don't lie
Kes Madigan: Oh yeah?/Wanna bet?
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Referenced in Anus Magillicutty (2003) See more »

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Original Soundtrack Recording Available on Varèse Sarabande Compact
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An unusually fine thriller
28 January 2000 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

"Mother's Boys" was released quietly in theatres in 1993 before heading to video hell, where it is largely forgtten. This is unfortunate because this movie is a fine, quiet thriller, evoking a sense of mystery and horror that few films achieve.

The credit goes to the director, Yves Simoneau, who directs the film with a trance like grip that gives the movie a dream like effect. His use of colors, from warm, brown and red hues connected to the happy family, to the cold blue and grey that surrounds Curtis's bitter mother, are perectly used, as is the wonderful score by George S. Clinton. The acting is solid, with jamie Lee Curtis and Joanne Whalley Kilmer giving excellent performances as the mother who wants her family back and the girlfriend striving to piece her life together. Peter Gallager, Vanessa Redgrave and Like Edwards are also memorable as Curtis's abandonded family.

"Mother's Boys" is a film the Brits used to make in the olden days, a tense, psychological thriller that offers no easy answers. There is no real villian or hero here and that's what makes this movie stand out. I may be reaching too far here but "Mother's Boys" is a movie Hitchcock would be proud of.


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