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Not Without My Daughter (1991)

An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.

Director:

Brian Gilbert

Writers:

Betty Mahmoody (book), William Hoffer (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Field ... Betty Mahmoody
Alfred Molina ... Moody
Sheila Rosenthal Sheila Rosenthal ... Mahtob
Roshan Seth ... Houssein
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Nicole
Mony Rey Mony Rey ... Ameh Bozorg
Georges Corraface ... Mohsen
Mary Nell Santacroce Mary Nell Santacroce ... Grandma
Ed Grady ... Grandpa
Marc Gowan ... Doctor
Bruce Evers Bruce Evers ... Doctor
Jonathan Cherchi Jonathan Cherchi ... Mammal
Soudabeh Farrokhnia Soudabeh Farrokhnia ... Nasserine
Michael Morim Michael Morim ... Zia
Gili Ben-Ozilio ... Fereshte
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Storyline

"Moody" is an Iranian doctor living in America with his American wife Betty and their child Mahtob. Wanting to see his homeland again, he convinces his wife to take a short holiday there with him and Mahtob. Betty is reluctant, as Iran is not a pleasant place, especially if you are American and female. Upon arrival in Iran, it appears that her worst fears are realized: Moody declares that they will be living there from now on. Betty is determined to escape from Iran, but taking her daughter with her presents a larger problem. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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In 1984, Betty Mahmoody's husband took his wife and daughter to meet his family in Iran. He swore they would be safe. They would be happy. They would be free to leave. He lied.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

11 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jamais sans ma fille See more »

Filming Locations:

Ankara, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,789,113
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mahtob's father, Seyyed Bozorg Mahmoody, later told his view of the events in the documentary film Ilman tytärtäni (2002), aka "Without My Daughter." See more »

Goofs

There is no home near Friday praying mosque in Tehran, and Mr. Mahmoodi's home was 10 kilometers from that. See more »

Quotes

Betty Mahmoody: [yelling] I WANT MY BABY!
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Connections

Referenced in Futurama: The Luck of the Fryrish (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Tavalodet Mobarak
(uncredited)
Written by Nozar Parang
Performed by The Moody Family
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Bigoted, Racist, Inaccurate, Wrong
20 August 2001 | by kknaiSee all my reviews

This is by far, one of the most inaccurate and racist films I have ever seen in my life. It portrays the Iranian people in a cruel manner. Never will a woman be threatened with a machine gun for letting out a few strands of hair. Those of you who believe you are learning about Iranian culture by watching this film are totally mistaken. These types of movies do nothing but imprint biased images in the minds of many. It is true that the United States is the best country that one can live in, but there is no need to portray any country, and especially its people, in such a manner. All those involved should be ashamed of themselves for making such a movie.


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