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A Question of Love (1978)

A woman fights her ex-husband for custody of her children when he sues for custody after learning that she is living in a relationship with another woman.

Director:

Jerry Thorpe

Writer:

William Blinn
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gena Rowlands ... Linda Ray Guettner
Jane Alexander ... Barbara Moreland
Ned Beatty ... Dwayne Stabler
Clu Gulager ... Mike Guettner
Bonnie Bedelia ... Joan Saltzman
James Sutorius ... Richard Freeman
Keith Coogan ... Billy Guettner (as Keith Mitchell)
Josh Albee ... David Guettner
Jocelyn Brando ... Mrs. Hunnicutt
Gwen Arner Gwen Arner ... Dr. Tippit
John Harkins ... Dr. Berwick
Nancy McKeon ... Susan Moreland
S. John Launer ... The Judge
Philip Sterling
Donald Hotton
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When waitress Linda Ray and her children move in with another woman and her child, everyone assumes it's just a matter of two divorced moms pooling resources to make ends meet. But when Linda Ray's adolescent son realizes that the two women are sharing a bed, he tells his father, and a battle for custody begins - a fight that a lesbian mother in the 1970s will find hard to win. Written by Morganalee

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Purely Legal Matter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Based on the true story of lesbian mother Mary Jo Risher's fight to retain custody of her children. See more »

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Phenomenal, poignant made-for-TV drama about a lesbian woman fighting for custody of her son.
11 November 1998 | by meeblySee all my reviews

Groundbreaking drama of lesbian mother (Rowlands), happily sharing a home with her lover (Alexander) and their respective children. Rowlands' children were previously unaware of the sexual relationship. When the oldest son finds out, he leaves and moves in with his father, who then proceeds to initiate legal proceedings to win custody of the other children. Extraordinarily well-acted and directed, with very little sentimentality and virtually no political dogma. This film set the standard for mature, thoughtful presentations of homosexuality in everyday life, and every one of the players is exceptional. Oddly, this received very little backlash at the time it first aired, while today it would bring the pious out in droves to stage protests and boycotts. As the forerunner of a long string of films tackling the subject matter in the 80s and 90s, this is the film to look at to see just how far we haven't come.


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