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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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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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Delightfully wicked parent/in-law
30 September 2008 | by caa821See all my reviews

A friend had seen this flick a while back and recommended it, and I happened to see it listed for a rerun on "Lifetime" today.

Glanced at the prior comments here, and after viewing this opus, would agree with their positive viewpoints.

Joanna Kerns' evil mom was as delightfully and completely selfish, obsessive and wicked a character as one is likely to encounter. "Mother-in-law-from-Hell" is almost too mild an adjective. Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction," and Jack Nicholson in "As Good As It Gets" could qualify to become trainees as mental health workers, comparing their problems relative to Joanna's personality disorders.

Sonny Corleone would exert more deliberation and examination of possible alternatives, before ordering somebody whacked, than this overbearing mother did in engaging a hit man.

However, overall, this was a relatively "quiet" flick, given the nature of the story and plot. I found this appealing, and there was little yelling, and no raucous knife-wielding climax, common to so many "Lifetime" offerings. This made it a better viewing, and the Kerns' character was all the better for her steady, unfailing, almost low-key way by which she portrayed her evil character's persona.

A worthwhile two hours' entertainment.


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