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Too Close to Home (1997)

The 29 year 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 ... See full summary »

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Diana Donahue
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Nick Donahue (as Rick Schroder)
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Abigail 'Abby' Emma Fletcher
Dorothy Gordon ...
Mrs. Jane Sweeney
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Adrienne
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Brian Moffett
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Judge Sorenson
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Prosecuting Attorney
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Henry Singh
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Gloria Lopez
Isai Rivera Blas ...
Humberto Lopez (as Gil Rivera Blas)
Don Allison ...
Ted Barnes
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Woody Ryan
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Jackson
Domenic Cina ...
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The 29 year 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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29 April 1997 (USA)  »

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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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Agree with "captnhook"
2 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I suppose like most of you, I use this site to scope movies I might hear about, to see if I'd like to watch, or to fill-in gaps from some I might only catch in-part - and to read others' comments (which are at times better than the flicks.

With respect to the film, though, I would simply say the the first-listed comment (by "captnhook13") coincides precisely with my thoughts about this movie.

I'd simply add, that between Light's sociopathic actions and dialogs with regard to her son (Schroder) and his weak, naive, mealy-mouth schlepping about -- I kept wishing Moe from The Three Stooges would suddenly appear on-screen, and commence slapping them around, bopping them in their heads with a mallet, and squeezing their noses -- the way he did so often to Curly and Larry. In "The Shining," Jack Nicholson was more likable, after he went bonkers, than Light is here.

If you want to have an interesting mind trip -- with Schroder nearly 30 in this film -- ponder what would be in a prequel, detailing for a couple of hours Ricky's character in his childhood and teen years with this mom!


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