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Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979)

A woman who left home 20 years ago under acrimonious circumstances finds out that she is terminally ill. She returns home and tries to rebuild her relationship with her embittered mother ... See full summary »

Director:

Milton Katselas
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Bette Davis ... Lucy Mason
Gena Rowlands ... Abigail Mason
Ford Rainey ... Mr. Meecham
Donald Moffat ... Wally Ball
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Henry Blodgett
Royal Dano ... Mr. Willis
Kate Riehl Kate Riehl ... Mrs. Brighton
Krishan Timberlake Krishan Timberlake ... Louis Spencer
Renee McDonell Renee McDonell ... Joan Spencer
Sally Kemp ... Mildred Sloate
Don Fosse Don Fosse ... Bartender
Son Salo Son Salo ... Third Kid
John Zunino John Zunino ... Clerk
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A woman who left home 20 years ago under acrimonious circumstances finds out that she is terminally ill. She returns home and tries to rebuild her relationship with her embittered mother before she dies. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama

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Gena Rowlands called the chance to work with Bette Davis "momentous" because Davis was and is her favorite actress of all time. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Mason: You're not welcome, but you'll do what suits you. You ALWAYS did what suited you!
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Connections

Featured in Bette Davis: Größer als das Leben (2017) See more »

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Astutely judged mother-daughter drama nimbly avoids soapy trimmings...
24 May 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Thanks in no small part to the superlative performances by Emmy-winner Bette Davis and Gena Rowlands (two incomparable actresses), this made-for-TV drama turns out to be a wrenching and moving examination of an estranged relationship with a begrudging love still left inside. Irreproachable middle-aged woman comes home to her strong-willed mother to reconcile their differences--ostensibly; turns out she has a dire problem to share, which causes her mercurial mama to take offense. Milton Katselas' beautiful direction, from a careful, thoughtful script from Michael De Guzman, allows the two ladies to emote and sound off, to laugh and cry. The histrionics are not too loud, however, and Katselas is able to weave the intricate, touchy emotions together into a nearly-seamless pattern. A real acting showcase for these talents, one that has been sadly forgotten over time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strangers See more »

Filming Locations:

Mendocino, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Chris/Rose Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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