The Perfect Mother (1997)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  18 February 1997 (USA)
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Since self-made immigrant Nico Podaras's death, widow Elenie runs his lucrative garage, with an illegal side business, generously using the profits to keep control of their three sons' ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elanie Podaras
Kathryn M. Podaras
John Podaras (as Justin Louis)
Charlene Podaras
Dan Podaras
Joy Pigeon
Gina Mitrou (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Carlos Joe Costa ...
Detective Hernandez
Frank Podaras (as Jon Cuthbert)
Jennifer Clement ...
Karen Elizabeth Austin ...
Nathaniel DeVeaux ...
Sergeant Stern
John Oliver ...
Jesse J.
Kate Robbins ...


Since self-made immigrant Nico Podaras's death, widow Elenie runs his lucrative garage, with an illegal side business, generously using the profits to keep control of their three sons' lives. Simpleton Dan is happy to sire the crucial heir without hesitation to keep unruly, immature wife Charlene in line, but goes to far, so she absconds pregnant. Firstborn John gave up his dream, fishery, to work in the garage. When he marries Kathryn, she starts questioning and resisting Elenie's matriarchal manipulation, but bares her a grandson. The conflict escalates, leaving John torn between loyalties. Written by KGF Vissers

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Above-average TV-movie
14 August 1999 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

It seems like "above average" is about the highest praise most of us will ladle out to a TV-movie, doesn't it? 'The Perfect Mother' can be described that way, though. It's sufficiently entertaining but not profoundly moving, about what one would expect from a good TV-movie.

Tyne Daly is the title character here, and that's a good start, as she's well-known as a fine actress. When Ione Skye finds a guy she falls in love with and marries, of course she gets his family in the bargain, but she never counted on anything like mom-in-law. It appears that she is the ultimate control freak when it comes to her son, and this causes friction between her and the daughter-in-law. This war between the two escalates until the couple must break up, but by now the couple has had a child and grandma is not going to give up "her" family's grandchild so easily.

The film, which has a startling conclusion, is based on a real-life case, showing us once again that fiction sometimes can't compete with reality. Justin Louis stars as Daly's son and Skye's husband, who is torn between his two families; and Tuesday Knight (yes, that's what it says) plays Skye's sister-in-law who's gotten the same treatment from 'The Perfect Mother.'

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