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Two Mothers for Zachary -- In this true story, Jody Ann battles in the courts with her own mother, Nancy, who has been awarded custody for Jody Ann's son, Zachary.


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Writer (WGA):
Linda Voorhees (written by)
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Release Date:
22 September 1996 (USA) See more »
She's fallen in love with another woman. Does that give her mother the right to take her child away?
Based on the true custody battle in Richmond, Virginia, a grandmother sues her lesbian daughter for... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Valerie Bertinelli ... Jody Ann Shaffell

Vanessa Redgrave ... Nancy Shaffell
Colleen Flynn ... Maggie Fergus

James Gammon ... Chalmer
Michael Marich ... Robert Lee

Kim Dickens ... Nancy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brett Brock ... Keith Kinchloe
Cynthia Dorn ... Nurse Smoot
Tony Frank ... Ben Delaney
Barbara George-Reiss ... Beth
Sheila Gordon ... Process Server
Alexandria Hunter ... Lily Delaney (as Alex Hunter)
Bill Kaiser ... County Clerk
Barbara Lasater ... Pat Kinchloe
Dennis Letts ... Judge Crawford
Marietta Marich ... Melba

Brian McGuire ... Dwayne
Randy Means ... Harlan
Toby Metcalf ... Officer Hamm
Jill Parker-Jones ... Reporter #1

Marco Perella ... Reporter #2
Lou Perryman ... Assistant Manager

Steven Chester Prince ... Rusty (as Steve Prince)
Larry Randolph ... Judge Rayburn
Adam Rehmann ... Zachary
Steve Shearer ... Frank Martin
Cliff Stephens ... Judge Paxton

Joe Stevens ... Eddie
Ramsey Williams ... Vada

Kenneth Wayne Bradley ... Wes (uncredited)

David Ponton ... Shopper (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Werner 
Writing credits
Linda Voorhees (written by)

Produced by
Cary Brokaw .... executive producer
Tom Kageff .... associate producer
Timothy Marx .... producer
Randy Robinson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter Rodgers Melnick 
Cinematography by
Neil Roach (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Martin Nicholson 
Casting by
Molly Lopata 
Production Design by
Barbara Haberecht 
Art Direction by
Craig Byrom 
Set Decoration by
Jenny C. Patrick 
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson  (as Jill Ohanneson)
Nina Proctor (co-costume designer)
Makeup Department
Gigi Coker .... key makeup artist (as Gi Gi Coker)
Kelly Nelson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Susan Abrams .... post-production supervisor
Holly Gent Palmo .... production supervisor
Timothy Marx .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katy Emde .... first assistant director
Vincent Palmo Jr. .... second assistant director (as Vincent N. Palmo Jr.)
Art Department
John V. Burson .... construction coordinator (as John Burson)
Michael Leonard .... lead man
Byron Scott Thomas .... property master (as Byron Thomas)
Randy Huke .... buyer (uncredited)
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Fluhr)
Jennifer Murphy .... location sound mixer
Elmo Ponsdomenech .... sound re-recording mixer
David A. Smith .... boom operator (as David Allen Smith)
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon H. Lewis .... gaffer (as Jon Lewis)
Jimmy Lindsey .... first assistant camera (as Jimmy W. Lindsey)
Anthony Martin .... second assistant camera
Ferrell A. Shinnick .... key grip
Casting Department
Barbara Brinkley .... casting: Texas
Toni Cobb Brock .... casting associate: Texas (as Toni Cobb)
Dara Gray .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Tony Kadell .... associate editor
Music Department
Ed Kalnins .... musician: synthesizers
Transportation Department
Ronald D. Chambers .... transportation captain
Cecil D. Evans .... transportation coordinator
Bobby Sconci .... driver
Other crew
Patricia A. Fullerton .... script supervisor
Karen Ruth Getchell .... production coordinator
Jonathan Hennessey .... production assistant
Marlene O. Nichols .... production assistant
Kerri Smeltzer .... production assistant
Harry Thompson .... dialect coach
Brad Uecker .... production accountant
Martha Waters .... production assistant
Eric A. Williams .... location manager
Shanti Delsarte .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Judy Geletko .... post-production accountant (uncredited)

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Maggie Fergus:If you have any change leftover, could you get me a cherry slushy?
Jody Ann Schaffel:You know, you really should have something healthy, something green!
Maggie Fergus:OK then, make it a lime slushy.
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Sad, astonished and downright fuming, 19 December 2004
Author: labrat-8 from UK

I've just finished seeing this movie for the first time on TV. All the way through I simply could not believe that time and again such decisions were made purely on the basis of the judge's homophobic bias. I kept waiting for someone to stand up and declare the obvious - that it was wrong to deprive a loving, caring mother of her child simply because some bigots don't approve of who she loves.

What amazed me most of all was that at the very start of the movie we were told that grandparents had no legal entitlement to visitation in Virginia. So it was appalling to me that even though there was no basis in law for granting custody to Jody Ann's appalling mother, simply because of a judge's personal bias custody was granted. It makes a mockery of the law and of the US legal system.

I came on here hoping to find that in the eight years since the movie was made commonsense and justice had prevailed and that Jody Ann had finally gotten to bring up her son in a loving, caring, nuturing home. But sadly it seems that bigots still rule in the good IL' US of A.

It also astonished me that no one thought to ask why the grandmother was insisting on the child calling her 'mamma'. This surely confuses the child and is a clear indication that the grandmother's motives aren't in the child's best interests but her own. Clearly, she wanted the child for herself from the start and her daughter's new lifestyle was just an excuse.

I was enraged by Jody Ann's brother and 'best friend'. Both of whom betrayed her and lied on the stand, simply because they were angry that she had chosen to love another woman. They should be ashamed of themselves.

All in all, a sad, depressing indictment of America, of its intolerance for those who don't fit the 'mom's apple pie' image and the grip the raving rightwing lobby has on this country.

I wish Jody Ann all the best. I am sure that when her son is grown and is able to understand the manipulations of his grandmother and the injustices done to his mother he will choose to be with her again.

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