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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This divorce is going to be a nightmare. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$874,148 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the VHS version, the dolly tracks are visible when Kes walks towards the bath with Jude is sitting in it. See more »


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 »


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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