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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.

Genres:

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:

Not Without My Daughter 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Mahtob" in Persian means "moonlight". 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

Moody: I don't know how to say this to you. We're not going back. We're staying here.
Betty Mahmoody: [pauses] What do you mean? How long?
Moody: I want to get a job here in a hospital.
Betty Mahmoody: What?
Moody: I want us... to live in Iran.
Betty Mahmoody: [softly] No... No...
Moody: There's nothing for me in America.
Betty Mahmoody: No... What? Are you crazy? We're Americans. Your daughter's an American! Moody, honey, you're upset about your job. I understand that. We're going to go back today and we're going to fix it.
Moody: I want Mahtob to grow up here.
Betty Mahmoody: [increasingly angry] No!
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Letzte Hilfe (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Written by Mildred J. Hill & Patty S. Hill
Published by Warner/Chappell Music
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User Reviews

What's all the fuss about!!!!!
1 December 2002 | by res07llaSee all my reviews

I saw this movie quite some time ago and enjoyed it. It did not leave me with a negative image of Iranians, Islam or Persia at all. I saw it as a simple story of mother trying to do what was best for her daughter. Not wanting ones daughter to be a second class citizen in my own opinion does not warrant the hostility I have seen portrayed in the previous comments. Sally Fields performance was certainly good. The movie told the story from the wifes/mothers point of view. I found that the movie showed just cause why the husband would become disenchanted with the USA. I can completely understand why he would like to return to his home. After all there is no place like home. My sympathy however with the husband left me when I saw the deception he displayed keeping his American family in Iran. This movie, though flawed was well worth viewing.


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