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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 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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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

Certificate:

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Trivia

This was the only pure drama directed by Leonard Nimoy. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) were science fiction films while Three Men and a Baby (1987), Funny About Love (1990) and Holy Matrimony (1994) were comedies. See more »

Connections

Referenced in DuckTales: The Good Muddahs (1989) See more »

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Inisheer
Written by Thomas Walsh
Arranged & Performed by Buttons & Bows
Courtesy of Green Linnet Records
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Beautifully Acted, Tender Story
13 January 2005 | by mmitsos-1See all my reviews

JJack100 couldn't be more ridiculous in her/his assessment of this film. "The Good Mother" is a wonderfully acted, beautiful little film that is completely underrated. Very basically, it illustrates the problems that sometimes might ensue due to simple "clashes" of culture and social morais, even though both are western (she's American, he's Irish). It might have been interesting to see how the daughter describes to her biological father what actually happened with the boyfriend. But beyond this single observation, it is to some degree a very interesting little character study of a single mother finding her way and stepping into the world of dating. The relationship between the mother and the daughter is solid, and it is this very relationship that the mother has invested so much of her life cultivating, nurturing, and perfecting. But now, she is confronted with the possibility of losing the one accomplishment, this relationship, to which she has committed herself and about which she feels very proud. Overall, this is a quiet, very well acted, and ultimately heart-wrenching film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El precio de una pasión 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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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