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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

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

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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Details

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)

Gross USA:

$4,764,606
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 3 Men and a Baby (1987), Funny About Love (1990) and Holy Matrimony (1994) were comedies. See more »


Soundtracks

Up Tight (Everything's Alright)
Written by Henry Cosby, Stevie Wonder & Sylvia Moy
Performed by Jackie Wilson
Courtesy of Brunswick Records
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Not a good vehicle for Keaton...
22 May 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Dreary, rather annoying film-adaptation of Sue Miller's book (directed by Leonard Nimoy!) has Diane Keaton in one of her weakest roles as a single mother sued for custody of her child by her ex-husband. Seems mom's new Bohemian boyfriend (Liam Neeson) is a bad influence, and after Keaton's little girl sees Neeson undressed and begins asking grown-up questions about sex, any viewer might understandably side with the ex (who is made to be the villain of the piece). Beginning with a puzzling prologue which hopes to show the different ways in which we view sexuality, Nimoy's take on this material is just confounding. Keaton never really develops a character, and I presume we're supposed to empathize with her simply because she's lovable Diane Keaton. Aside from some OK technical merits, the film is muddled beyond repair. * from ****


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