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Mother Knows Best (1997)

TV-PG | | Thriller | TV Movie 13 April 1997
A woman urges her daughter to get married. And when her daughter does, she doesn't think that she made a good choice. So she goes out and hires a killer to kill her son-in-law.

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Larry Shaw
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Kerns ... Celeste Cooper
Christine Elise ... Laurel Cooper Rogers
Grant Show ... Ted Rogers
Jessica Walter ... Joan
Sherman Augustus ... Dale Cutler
David Spielberg ... George Cooper
Kristen Dalton ... Lynn
Jeanette O'Connor Jeanette O'Connor ... Harriet Rogers
Michael Covert Michael Covert ... Burt Willis
Eric Robertson Eric Robertson ... Michael
Annabelle Weenick ... Aide
Giselle Fernandez ... Newscaster
Jeff Olson ... Minister
Alan Gregory Alan Gregory ... IRS Supervisor
Douglas Caputo Douglas Caputo ... Frank
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A woman urges her daughter to get married. And when her daughter does, she doesn't think that she made a good choice. So she goes out and hires a killer to kill her son-in-law.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falso asesinato See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[last lines]
Celeste Cooper: [with the reporters] Laurel?
[Laurel glares at her]
Celeste Cooper: It's not too late to tell them, sweetheart. Tell them, Laurel. Tell them I did it all for you.
Laurel Cooper Rogers: [bows her head down in anger] Goodbye, mother.
Celeste Cooper: [leaves with the reporters] That's okay, she's just confused. When this is over, she'll know that I was right, and everything will be back to normal. Everything will be normal again.
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One of the best true crime movies ever!
25 September 2010 | by hereshopinSee all my reviews

My favorite genre of movies is true crime and this one captures beautifully the reason I enjoy watching them so much. I have seen it many times and could still watch it over and over.

Joanna Kerns plays the role of an overbearing society mother to perfection. The character she plays, Celeste Cooper, has a sense of entitlement and feelings of superiority that leads her into believing she has the right to do anything she wants. Even while plotting the most deceptive and evil schemes, she holds herself with grace and dignity. It's an excellent example of how money and status can warp a person's perception of reality.

The other actors also give quality performances but Kerns is the reason you are likely to never forget this show. I recommend it to everyone, even if you're not a true crime story fanatic like me.


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