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The Good Mother (1988)

A divorced mother may lose custody of her young daughter to her ex-husband after he learns that the little girl crawled into bed with the mother and her boyfriend.

Director:

Leonard Nimoy

Writers:

Michael Bortman (screenplay), Sue Miller (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Anna Dunlop
Liam Neeson ... Leo Cutter
Jason Robards ... W. O. Muth
Ralph Bellamy ... Frank - Grandfather
Teresa Wright ... Eleanor - Grandmother
James Naughton ... Brian Dunlop
Asia Vieira ... Molly Dunlop
Joe Morton ... Frank Williams
Katey Sagal ... Ursula
Margaret Bard Margaret Bard ... Aunt Rain
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Anna's Mother
Barry Belchamber Barry Belchamber ... Anna's Father
Mairon Bennett Mairon Bennett ... Young Anna
Zachary Bennett ... Young Bobby
Scott Brunt Scott Brunt ... Eric
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Storyline

A divorced mother may lose custody of her young daughter to her ex-husband after he learns that the little girl crawled into bed with the mother and her boyfriend.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Can a court determine how we should live, how we should love, how we should raise our children? Now Anna must prove that she is the Good Mother.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El precio de una pasión See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,804,288, 6 November 1988

Gross USA:

$4,764,606

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,764,606
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the filming of an emotional court room scene with Diane Keaton concerning the custody of her daughter, it was discovered that the two cameras used to film the scene simultaneously had different types of film, which could not be edited together due to their vastly different looks (one was for a soft look, the other normal film). Director Leonard Nimoy felt bad about having to have Diane Keaton film it again, because she had done it so well. He showed up at her dressing room door with two dozen roses in his arms. He gave the roses to her first, then gave her the bad news about having to re-shoot the scene. Diane Keaton took it well, and had no problem with having to re-shoot the scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in DuckTales: The Good Muddahs (1989) See more »

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Just Like U Said It Would B
Written by Sinéad O'Connor & Steve Wickham
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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29 July 2004 | by janeybklaSee all my reviews

Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson are great together, but the subject matter is hard to watch.

The points of view of the different characters are well presented. You can understand everyone's behavior and conclusions.

Would I have preferred a tidy, happy ending? Yes. But this movie doesn't take the easy way out. It tackles a difficult situation caused by "enlightened, progressive" thinking, and leaves you pondering. I so wanted to point out to the characters the early errors so the catastrophic ending could be avoided.

THE GOOD MOTHER presents one of the most honest portrayals of awakening female sexuality and committed love on film.


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