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Mother's Boys (1994)

 -  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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She left them three years ago. Now she's coming back... 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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Release Date:

18 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adistakti mitera  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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: [first lines?] Kes can i get in your bed?
Kes Madigan: Yeah sure
Ben Madigan: I was just thinking about this judge
Kes Madigan: He just wants us to ask a bunch of questions
Ben Madigan: [Nervous] But what if i don't remmber stuff?
Ben Madigan: [Reassuring] It's okay it's not a test
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Referenced in Anus Magillicutty (2003) See more »

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THE LONGEST NIGHT - THEME FROM MOTHER'S BOYS
Performed by Clair Marlo
Music by George S. Clinton
Lyrics by Charlotte Clinton, Seth Kaplan and George S. Clinton
Published by Char-Geor Music/Spaulding Avenue Music (ASCAP)
Produced by George S. Clinton
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The psycho version of "Kramer vs. Kramer".
26 July 2007 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Just imaging "Kramer vs. Kramer" gone extreme and you've got "Mother's Boys". The movie uses exactly the same concept of "Kramer vs. Kramer", of a mother who abandoned her family for 3 years but has now returned to reclaim her kids from the father. It was someone was simply saying; Hey that "Kramer vs. Kramer" movie is a good one, lets turn it into a thriller!

It's not like the concept of the movie is a terrible bad idea but however the execution of it is. The movie offers too little big surprises and the movie surely could had used some more tension and other thriller elements. The movie is filled with some missed opportunities, they could and should had made the mother character far more psychotic and evil. She basically now gets too little psychotic to do in this movie, which causes the tension and mystery of this movie not to work out.

Surprising to see how big the cast of this movie is. It's perhaps also the only reason why this movie still remains a watchable one. The actors still make the movie interesting and worthwhile to watch. Although Jamie Lee Curtis and Peter Gallagher aren't even in the same league! Jamie Lee Curtis totally outclasses Peter Gallagher so much, that at almost becomes embarrassing to watch. Jamie Lee Curtis plays a great role and she handles it just right. Joanne Whalley also pulls off alright and there are some fine supporting actors such as Vanessa Redgrave, John C. McGinley, Joss Ackland and Paul Guilfoyle but their roles are unfortunately all way too small.

It's not a terribly bad movie but it's also not really one that ever surprises or leaves a big impression on you. A real lackluster and filled with many missed opportunities and wasted potential. Therefor I also can't really recommend this movie to anyone.

5/10

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