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The Good Mother (1988)

A divorced mother may lose custody of her young daughter to her ex-husband after he learns that the little girl crawled into bed with the mother and her boyfriend.

Director:

Leonard Nimoy

Writers:

Michael Bortman (screenplay), Sue Miller (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Anna Dunlop
Liam Neeson ... Leo Cutter
Jason Robards ... W. O. Muth
Ralph Bellamy ... Frank - Grandfather
Teresa Wright ... Eleanor - Grandmother
James Naughton ... Brian Dunlop
Asia Vieira ... Molly Dunlop
Joe Morton ... Frank Williams
Katey Sagal ... Ursula
Margaret Bard Margaret Bard ... Aunt Rain
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Anna's Mother
Barry Belchamber Barry Belchamber ... Anna's Father
Mairon Bennett Mairon Bennett ... Young Anna
Zachary Bennett ... Young Bobby
Scott Brunt Scott Brunt ... Eric
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Storyline

Newly-single mother Anna Dunlop has lived a healthy move in life with her six-year-old daughter Molly. Then, one day, she falls in love with Leo Cutter, an Irish sculptor and craftsman. Leo helps her find passion and fulfillment but at a tragic cost: Molly is soon exposed to their sexual relationship. Despite Leo teaching the curious child the differences of sex, Anna's overzealous ex-husband accuses him of molesting Molly and sues Anna for violating their custody agreement. It all leads to the downfall of Anna and Leo's relationship and a disastrous attempt by Anna to hang on to her love for Molly. Written by jesusblack-91294

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Taglines:

Can a court determine how we should live, how we should love, how we should raise our children? Now Anna must prove that she is the Good Mother.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Star Trek cast member Leonard Nimoy directs future Star Wars cast member Liam Neeson. See more »


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Vol. 1, No 4. - Allegro
From : For Children
Written by Béla Bartók (as Bela Bartok)
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Recommended
29 July 2004 | by janeybklaSee all my reviews

Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson are great together, but the subject matter is hard to watch.

The points of view of the different characters are well presented. You can understand everyone's behavior and conclusions.

Would I have preferred a tidy, happy ending? Yes. But this movie doesn't take the easy way out. It tackles a difficult situation caused by "enlightened, progressive" thinking, and leaves you pondering. I so wanted to point out to the characters the early errors so the catastrophic ending could be avoided.

THE GOOD MOTHER presents one of the most honest portrayals of awakening female sexuality and committed love on film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Preis der Gefühle See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,804,288, 6 November 1988

Gross USA:

$4,764,606

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,764,606
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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