Maternal Instincts (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  27 August 1996 (USA)
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A pregnant doctor's life is made hell by the deranged patient to whom she gave a hysterectomy, without the patient's consent.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tracy Horton
Dr. Eva Warden
Gary Warden
Sandra Nelson ...
Julie Taft
Dr. Joe Reilly
Dr. Milton Shaw
Tom Mason ...
Stan Patterson
Sidney Gordon
Maria Herrera ...
Linda Collings
Sue the Nurse
Detective Jack Kramer
Real Estate Agent


Dr Eva Warden (Beth Broderick) has a patient, Tracey, whose dying wish is to become a mother. Eva performs a surgery on Tracey, only to find out that she has cancer and to save her life she'll have to do a hysterectomy. When Tracey wakes up and realizes that her chance of becoming a mother is forever gone, she's utterly distraught, and although her husband suggests an adoption, it's not a possibility for Tracey. When her sorrows's over, anger get's the upper hand and Dr Warden unawarely becomes the target of Tracey's wrath. With Dr Warden in the danger zone, one more life is also automatically put in mortal danger... Written by Angelica

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Her biological clock kept ticking. Then it exploded. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violent content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Baby of Her Own  »

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Intern #1: Two, possibly three fractured ribs, and she's pregnant!
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Delta on a roll
17 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a revenge on all those who wronged me film, this one starring the wonderful Delta Burke. I doubt anyone involved took this movie very seriously. Delta is totally over the top, intentionally, I think, as a woman who goes nuts after a hysterectomy is performed to save her life. Her husband and best friend were part of the decision to do the surgery. Tracy, the main character, goes after everyone involved, her husband, the friend, the doctor, the doctor's husband, determined to destroy them. It's a long list. The phrase "I wouldn't want to run into her in a dark alley" does not apply here. You don't want to run into this woman while she's in a car, a field, a building, your office, her house, your house - no place. There is an especially funny scene where Tracy, eye makeup smeared, watches her doctor on television. You can just see the madness in her eyes.

Delta Burke wears her own designs for plus-size women in the film, and she looks great. She has an Elizabeth Taylor face - to me, she always exudes beauty. She plays this role for all its worth. It's right on the edge of camp - actually, maybe it slid to the other side.

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