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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anna Dunlop
... Leo Cutter
... W. O. Muth
... Frank - Grandfather
... Eleanor - Grandmother
... Brian Dunlop
... Molly Dunlop
... Frank Williams
... Ursula
Margaret Bard ... Aunt Rain
Nancy Beatty ... Anna's Mother
Barry Belchamber ... Anna's Father
Mairon Bennett ... Young Anna
... Young Bobby
Scott Brunt ... Eric
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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.

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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.

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Drama | Romance

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4 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El precio de una pasión  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,764,606
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During filming, Asia Vieira (Molly) became very fond of Leonard Nimoy. While filming she had seen the ending of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and became very upset when she saw Spock had died. Being only six at the time, she thought it was Nimoy who had died in the film. The next day on the set, she was very happy to find out that he was okay, and it was just part of the film. She ran over to him and gave him a big hug, and told him she was glad to see that he was better. See more »


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Written by Greg Piccolo
Performed by Roomful of Blues
Featuring Arlene Bennett
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Excellent, compelling, infuriating, underrated.
7 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

I'm cautious about films with a message: they are too easily heavy-handed and preachy, or on the other extreme capable of producing a mass "understanding" that is actually untrue ("The Klansman/Birth of a Nation" comes to mind). Films dealing with sexual attitudes can very glibly preach either "damnation for transgression" or "freedom from repression" with equal superficiality. This film is remarkable for painting all its characters with dimension: no one is evil, but everyone can be weak, afraid, and make poor decisions with good yet fearful intentions. The acting is terrific, so you feel satisfied at having seen a movie of quality at the same time you feel frustrated, infuriated, and finally exhausted by the outcome of the plot. Another example of Leonard Nimoy's excellent qualities as a director, forever lost - I'm afraid - in the strange perception that his work in Star Trek makes all of his career somehow lightweight.


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