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Maternal Instincts (1996)

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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
Garwin Sanford ...
Gary Warden
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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They say a mother would do anything to protect her baby. Tracy would do anything to get one. See more »


Drama | Thriller

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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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A Chilling But Yet Wonderfully Made Movie
18 January 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

`Maternal Instincts' is a frightening and chilling movie in many aspects but it is nevertheless enthralling and recommended viewing. A strong cast, a gripping storyline and a comprehensive script combines to make this movie into a first class and high quality event.

Delta Burke provides a frighteningly realistic portrayal of a woman who desperately yearns to have kids and is devastated when circumstances prevent her from doing so -and determined to get revenge on those whom she wrongly considers to have destroyed her life. The high quality of Delta Burke's acting and the complex dimensions that she and the scriptwriters provide to her character make for compelling viewing.

Beth Broderick also provides a first class performance as Dr Eva Warden -a very professional and yet sympathetic doctor who is the target of an organized vendetta just because she performed her duty. Beth Broderick has always been an excellent actress and her qualities shine through in this drama. She manages to make the viewer feel a considerable outpouring of sympathy, concern and even love for her character.

A strong supporting cast also contributes to the success of this movie -especially Sandra Nelson in her capacity of Sabrina Lloyd. The music, the special effects and the melodrama are also well suited to the tone of this movie and it fits in wonderfully with the wider plot.

If you are a fan of this genre of TV drama, I would definitely consider `Maternal Instincts' to be one of the best movies I have seen in a long time and would definitely recommend it to viewers

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