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Not Without My Daughter (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 11 January 1991 (USA)
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.

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

11 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No me iré sin mi hija See more »

Filming Locations:

Ankara, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,804,055, 13 January 1991

Gross USA:

$14,789,113

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,789,113
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Molina hated the fact that he had to hit Sally Field See more »

Goofs

Several Ford Cortina Mk II sedans are used in the film as taxicabs in lieu of the Pars Khodro Paykan (based on the UK 1966 Hillman Hunter/Rootes Arrow, which was the final automobile designed by the Rootes Group prior to its acquisition by the Chrysler Corporation). See more »

Quotes

Betty Mahmoody: Baba Hajji, you're a religious man. How can Moody swear on the Koran and do this to me?
[Mammal translates, Babba Hajji gives an assertive answer and the entire family starts yelling at Betty in Farsi]
Mammal: Allah will forgive him!
[yelling continues, Betty starts crying]
Betty Mahmoody: No, no! Ameh Bozorg! Ameh Bozorg, please help me, please!
[Ameh Bozorg yells at Betty]
Betty Mahmoody: No, you can't do this! God damn you! God damn you! You can't keep me here! You had this planned all along! Damn you!
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Soundtracks

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Written by Mildred J. Hill & Patty S. Hill
Published by Warner/Chappell Music
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Truth about Iran
12 August 2007 | by ccubs223834See all my reviews

This is the truth about Iran back in that time period.

Then when the evil Ayatollah finally died and went to hell where he is dancing with Hitler things started to change for the better, But then Hitler 3 took over Iran and it's sliding backwards.

There's a reason everyone with any brain wants to get out of there.

The reason there were so few doctors was every educated person left that country.

And if Mahtob had stayed there she would have had female circumcision by age 7 and married by age 10.

The movie told Betty's side of the story.

Part of me wants to believe that her husband was as trapped as she was at least at first. Knowing if they tried to leave they would all be killed. Because killing is an Iranian hobby during that time especially.

But no father who loves their daughter would ever subject them to that culture.

In most of the middle east women have no rights. Rape is legal for the rapist but the victim gets stoned.

Girls aren't educated or if they are they are taught to be good wives, submit to being raped by their husbands and that they are not worthy.


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