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The 29 years old lawyer Nick Donahue is still living with his mother (Diana). To escape from her possessive behavior he decides to look for a flat of his own. Diana can't stand the idea of her son leaving her. Trying to make him change his mind she doesn't even hesitate to simulate a suicide attempt. While she is hospitalized, Nick falls in love with a nurse (Abby) and they quickly marry. When Diana finds this out, things take a dramatic turn... Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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Based on a real-life incident. In 1958, Elizabeth Ann Duncan hired two drifters - Augustine Baldonado and Luis Moya - to murder her pregnant daughter-in-law out of jealousy of her son, Frank, an attorney. As in the film, Frank met his wife, a nurse, at a hospital after Elizabeth attempted suicide in a ploy to keep him from leaving home, and, as in the film, he represented his mother at her trial. Elizabeth, Baldonado, and Moya were executed in San Quentin's gas chamber on August 8, 1962. See more »

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The true crime story of Diana Donahue...
31 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I don't normally like these types of formulaic films on LMN, this one works thanks to Judith Light. She is extremely believable as over-protective and rather sociopath mother, Diana Donahue, the last woman, according to "Crimelibrary", to be executed by the electric chair in California.

She basically sends her son through law school, and at first seems to have only his best intentions as her concern. When he later begins dating a nurse (Sarah Trigger) the pathology starts as Mrs. Donahure realizes she is now losing her son for good to a new wife.

If you enjoy this type of story you may also like "Mother Love" shown on PBS with Diana Rigg. A film made in the early 90's concerning a similar storyline, both very well done with good performances.


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