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Too Close to Home (1997)

TV-PG | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 29 April 1997
A woman obsessed with her adult son, angered by the idea of him leaving her and his marriage to a beautiful nurse, does everything in her power to prevent his independence.


Bill Corcoran


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Light ... Diana Donahue
Ricky Schroder ... Nick Donahue (as Rick Schroder)
Sarah Trigger ... Abigail 'Abby' Emma Fletcher
Dorothy Gordon ... Mrs. Jane Sweeney
Ruth Marshall ... Adrienne
John Nelles ... Brian Moffett
Peter MacNeill ... Judge Sorenson
Harry Lennix ... Prosecuting Attorney
Sugith Varughese ... Henry Singh
Allegra Fulton ... Gloria Lopez
Isai Rivera Blas ... Humberto Lopez (as Gil Rivera Blas)
Don Allison Don Allison ... Ted Barnes
James Kidnie ... Woody Ryan
Christopher Kelk ... Jackson
Domenic Cina ... Witness


The 29 year old lawyer Nick Donahue is still living with his mother (Diana). To escape from her possessive behavior, he decides to look for a flat of his own. Diana can't stand the idea of her son leaving her. Trying to make him change his mind ,she doesn't even hesitate to simulate a suicide attempt. While she is hospitalized, Nick falls in love with a nurse (Abby) and they quickly marry. When Diana finds this out, things take a dramatic turn... Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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Drama | Thriller


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Based on a real-life incident. In 1958, Elizabeth Ann Duncan hired two drifters - Augustine Baldonado and Luis Moya - to murder her pregnant daughter-in-law out of jealousy of her son, Frank, an attorney. As in the film, Frank met his wife, a nurse, at a hospital after Elizabeth attempted suicide in a ploy to keep him from leaving home, and, as in the film, he represented his mother at her trial. Elizabeth, Baldonado, and Moya were executed in San Quentin's gas chamber on August 8, 1962. See more »

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Judith Light at her VERY best...
23 August 2005 | by Adidas4ever8416See all my reviews

If there are people that don't like this movie, I don't think they are human. This film deploys all emotions and shows many sides of Judith Light's character. Made in 1997, this is one of the best movies I have seen and really the film that Judith Light has starred in to make me a huge fan of hers. This movie, although sometimes you want to rattle the son for trusting her so much, is incredibly moving. I cry at the end every time and it takes much to do that to me! The plot doesn't have much to it but the acting provided by Judith Light is incredible. She looks beautiful the whole time and by the end, you don't want the fate imposed by the courts to happen to her. Overall, a movie worth my highest praise! Thank you for making it and redefining my view on the death penalty. I eagerly await this movie to come out on DVD or some other form of media since Lifetime is starting to issue some movies to customers. Although I don't have high hopes for this one because this took place almost 9 years ago, which is still hard to believe, since this movie is STILL ingrained into my head after all this time.

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Release Date:

29 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mother's Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Once Upon a Time Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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