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Mother's Boys (1993)

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Jude Madigan abandons her husband Robert and her three sons without any explanation. Three years later Jude inexplicably returns to reunite her family. However Robert and his new lover ... See full summary »

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Yves Simoneau

Writers:

Bernard Taylor (novel), Barry Schneider (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Judith 'Jude' Madigan
Peter Gallagher ... Robert Madigan
Joanne Whalley ... Colleen 'Callie' Harland (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Vanessa Redgrave ... Lydia
Luke Edwards ... Kes Madigan
Colin Ward Colin Ward ... Michael Madigan
Joey Zimmerman ... Ben Madigan
Joss Ackland ... Lansing, Jude's Attorney
Paul Guilfoyle ... Mark Kaplan, Robert's Attorney
J.E. Freeman ... Everett, Principal
John C. McGinley ... Mr. Fogel, Teacher
Jill Freedman Jill Freedman ... Nurse
Lorraine Toussaint ... Robert's Associate
Ken Lerner ... Jude's Analyst
Mary Anne McGarry ... Planetarium Woman
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Storyline

Jude Madigan abandons her husband Robert and her three sons without any explanation. Three years later Jude inexplicably returns to reunite her family. However Robert and his new lover Callie see Jude for the true psychopath she is and try their best to protect their sons. Jude embarks on a non stop stalking and harassment campaign against the family, and even seduces her eldest son Kess into committing her acts of violence. Written by Volker Boehm

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Taglines:

She left them three years ago. Now she's coming back... Whether they like it or not. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and for a mother's sociopathic behavior | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Annenin Çocuklari See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$874,148
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Miramax,CBS Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the VHS version, the dolly tracks are visible when Kes walks towards the bath with Jude is sitting in it. See more »

Quotes

Ben Madigan: I saw her Kes... i saw her at school
[swallows]
Ben Madigan: ... she didn't think i knew her... but i did
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Connections

Referenced in Scream (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

THE LONGEST NIGHT - THEME FROM MOTHER'S BOYS
Performed by Clair Marlo
Music by George S. Clinton
Lyrics by Charlotte Clinton, Seth Kaplan and George S. Clinton
Published by Char-Geor Music/Spaulding Avenue Music (ASCAP)
Produced by George S. Clinton
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An unusually fine thriller
28 January 2000 | by Lenny NeroSee all my reviews

"Mother's Boys" was released quietly in theatres in 1993 before heading to video hell, where it is largely forgtten. This is unfortunate because this movie is a fine, quiet thriller, evoking a sense of mystery and horror that few films achieve.

The credit goes to the director, Yves Simoneau, who directs the film with a trance like grip that gives the movie a dream like effect. His use of colors, from warm, brown and red hues connected to the happy family, to the cold blue and grey that surrounds Curtis's bitter mother, are perectly used, as is the wonderful score by George S. Clinton. The acting is solid, with jamie Lee Curtis and Joanne Whalley Kilmer giving excellent performances as the mother who wants her family back and the girlfriend striving to piece her life together. Peter Gallager, Vanessa Redgrave and Like Edwards are also memorable as Curtis's abandonded family.

"Mother's Boys" is a film the Brits used to make in the olden days, a tense, psychological thriller that offers no easy answers. There is no real villian or hero here and that's what makes this movie stand out. I may be reaching too far here but "Mother's Boys" is a movie Hitchcock would be proud of.


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