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Mother -- A neurotic, twice divorced sci-fi writer moves back in with his mom to solve his personal problems.
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Writers (WGA):
Albert Brooks (written by) &
Monica Mcgowan Johnson (written by)
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Release Date:
24 January 1997 (USA) See more »
No Actual Mothers Were Harmed During The Making Of This Motion Picture. See more »
A neurotic, twice-divorced sci-fi writer moves back in with his mother to solve his personal problems. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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The movie grows on you See more (52 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Collins ... Lawyer
Laura Weekes ... Karen Henderson

Albert Brooks ... John Henderson

John C. McGinley ... Carl

Debbie Reynolds ... Beatrice Henderson
Richard Assad ... TV Installer

Joey Naber ... TV Installer

Vanessa Williams ... Donna

Lisa Kudrow ... Linda

Rob Morrow ... Jeff Henderson

Isabel Glasser ... Cheryl Henderson
Danielle Quinn ... Jill Henderson
Spencer Klein ... Josh Henderson

Anne Haney ... Helen
Billye Ree Wallace ... Alice

James Gleason ... Waiter

Matt Nolan ... 'Gap' Salesman
Harry Hutchinson ... Pet Store Salesman

Kimiko Gelman ... Saleswoman at Victoria's Secret

Peter White ... Charles

Rosalind Allen ... Woman at Gas Station
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Bronson ... Beachgoer (uncredited)
Michael Moertl ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Brooks 
Writing credits
Albert Brooks (written by) &
Monica Mcgowan Johnson (written by) (as Monica Johnson)

Produced by
Barry M. Berg .... co-producer (as Barry Berg)
Herb Nanas .... producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
Adam Schroeder .... co-producer
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
Cinematography by
Lajos Koltai 
Film Editing by
Harvey Rosenstock 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
Art Direction by
Chas. Butcher 
Set Decoration by
Anne D. McCulley 
Costume Design by
Judy L. Ruskin 
Makeup Department
William Lyon MacKenzie .... assistant makeup artist
Diane Pepper .... assistant hair stylist (as Dianne Pepper)
Gail Rowell-Ryan .... hair stylist
Robert Ryan .... makeup artist
Kelly Muldoon .... personal hair artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Barry M. Berg .... unit production manager (as Barry Berg)
Yoli Poropat .... production supervisor (as Yolanda Poropat)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Graves .... first assistant director
Daniel Silverberg .... second assistant director
Ellie Smith .... second second assistant director (as Ellie J. Smith)
Art Department
Marina Chavez .... art department coordinator
Oscar Delgadillo .... property person (as Oscar X. Delgadillo)
Glen R. Feldman .... assistant property master
Pamela Klamer .... set designer
David Lanning .... property person
Charles 'Chuck' Lungren .... paint foreperson (as Charles Lungren)
David P. Newell .... property person
Errol C. Nofziger .... production painter (as Errol Nofziger)
Susan Paley .... property person
Jeff Passanante .... construction coordinator (as Jeffrey J. Passanante)
Brooke Sartorius .... property person (as Robert Brooke Sartorius)
Gary Seybert .... assistant property master (as Gary L. Seybert)
Virginia Siman .... construction first aid (as Virginia 'Thumper' Siman)
Dave Slattery .... construction labor foreperson
Mark Sparks .... construction general coordinator (as Mark A. Sparks)
Kenneth L. Westcott .... lead person
Dean Wilson .... property master
Jeff O'Bannon .... laborer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Pamela Bentkowski .... supervising foley editor
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Campbell)
Scott Curtis .... foley editor
Gloria D'Alessandro .... dialogue editor
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Donavan Dear .... cable person
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Tammy Fearing .... assistant sound editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Scott A. Jennings .... foley editor
Kini Kay .... sound effects editor
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
David McRell .... assistant sound editor
Kim H. Ornitz .... sound mixer (as Kim Ornitz)
Jonathan Phillips .... assistant sound editor
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
John Roesch .... foley artist
Carin Rogers .... dialogue editor
Rod Rogers .... assistant sound editor
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Singer .... supervising adr editor
Randy Singer .... foley mixer (as Randy K. Singer)
Beth Sterner .... supervising sound editor
Gary A. Theard .... boom operator (as Gary Theard)
Todd Toon .... sound effects editor
Christopher T. Welch .... dialogue editor (as Chris Welch)
Bill Baldwin .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Ted Caplan .... foley editor (uncredited)
Anthony Milch .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Tom Myers .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Rick Winquest .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Amorelli .... rigging lighting technician (as Michael J. Amorelli)
Brian W. Armstrong .... first assistant camera (as Brian Armstrong)
John Buckley .... chief lighting technician
Bill Butler .... director of photography: San Francisco
Doug Chartier .... dolly grip
Malcolm Doran II .... grip
Rod Farley .... grip (as Roderick G. Farley)
David Garden .... camera loader (as David M. Garden)
Daniel C. Gold .... camera operator (as Daniel Gold)
Michael Kelem .... helicopter camera operator
Eugene B. Kerry .... second company grip (as Eugene Kerry)
Tommy Klines .... Steadicam assistant (as Thomas R. Klines)
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Jack E. McLean Jr. .... first company grip
Richard A. Mention III .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lloyd Moriarity .... first company grip (as Lloyd Moriarty)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Dan Owen .... grip (as Daniel R. Owen)
Ron Santoyo .... grip
David Thompson .... lamp operator
Pernell Youngblood Tyus .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Pernell Tyus)
Scott Van Buskirk .... rigging grip
Glenn Wade .... grip (as Glenn N. Wade)
John W. Weeks .... assistant chief lighting technician (as John Weeks)
Donald M. Wolak .... lamp operator
Larry Wood .... video playback operator
R. Michael Yope .... lamp operator
Harry Zimmerman .... second assistant camera
Joe Hill .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Mark A. Lewis .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mercedes Kelso .... casting assistant (as Mercedes Danforth)
Charlie Messenger .... extras casting
Joan Ryan .... adr voice casting
Toby Stone .... adr voice casting
Alex Wald .... casting associate (as Alex Rosenberg)
Nancy Hayes .... extras casting: San Francisco (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucinda Campbell .... wardrobe supervisor
Eden Clark Coblenz .... set costumer (as Eden Clark-Coblenz)
David Page .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Christopher S. Capp .... first assistant film editor
Elisa Cohen .... assistant editor (as Elisa R. Cohen)
Peter Fandetti .... assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Wendi Jill Raderman .... lightworks assistant
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Location Management
Allison Gross .... assistant location manager
James R. Maceo .... location manager (as James R. Maceo III)
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Mark Herman .... assistant music editor
Artie Kane .... conductor
Dennis S. Sands .... music mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Dennis S. Sands .... music recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Scott Stambler .... supervising music editor
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Fenster .... transportation captain
Randy White .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Noah Ackerman .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Joseph Aspromonti .... production assistant
Olivier D. Benamou .... computer playback operator
Marcy Bolotin .... unit publicist
Angi Bones .... production assistant (as Angelique Bones)
David Daunt .... helicopter technician (as Dave Daunt)
David Guilbeau .... craft service (as David 'Cajun' Guilbeau)
Maureen Jennings .... assistant: Mr. Brooks
Derrick Landry .... production assistant
Kevin Landry .... production auditor (as Kevin E. Landry)
Fran Messer .... assistant: Mr. Nanas
Montez A. Monroe .... assistant production coordinator
Eileen A. O'Donnell .... legal clearances (as Eileen O'Donnell)
Jean Quay .... first aid
Ana Maria Quintana .... script supervisor
Anne Russell .... assistant: Ms. Reynolds
Cheryl Shawver .... animal trainer
Gene Strange .... first assistant auditor
Gian Temperilli .... production assistant
Mark Walbaum .... production assistant
James P. Warren .... animal trainer
Steven Werbkay .... production secretary
Tricia Yano .... assistant: Mr. Schroeder
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot
Earl McDaniel III .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... computer voice (uncredited)
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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Brooks also met with Esther Williams to discuss the role of Mrs. Henderson.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When John is reading his mothers transcript of the story she wrote in her youth we see that she has misspelled the name of the Whitman's candy company as Whittman.See more »
John Henderson:You're running a food museum here.See more »
Movie Connections:
In My RoomSee more »


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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The movie grows on you, 6 March 1999
Author: eskridge from Houston, Texas

I saw Mother in a theater and came away only partially impressed. Although I appreciated the witty script, I thought Brooks missed making his point about the complicated relationships between mothers and sons. However, I've warmed to this film after seeing it over and over on cable. The dialogue is great, and Brooks and Reynolds are a wonderful comic team. For example, I love the way Brooks wags a banana at Reynolds when she questions why women leave him. And it's hilarious when Brooks and his brother fight over Reynolds like she was their mistress. The ending is a little too pat -- I don't think sons ever resolve their conflicts with their mothers, or even understand them. But it's Brooks' best film after Lost in America. And that ain't bad.

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