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Mother (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 24 January 1997 (USA)
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A neurotic, twice-divorced sci-fi writer moves back in with his mother to solve his personal problems.

Director:

Albert Brooks

Writers:

Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson (as Monica Johnson)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Collins Paul Collins ... Lawyer
Laura Weekes Laura Weekes ... Karen Henderson
Albert Brooks ... John Henderson
John C. McGinley ... Carl
Debbie Reynolds ... Beatrice Henderson
Richard Assad ... TV Installer
Joey Naber ... TV Installer
Vanessa Williams ... Donna
Lisa Kudrow ... Linda
Rob Morrow ... Jeff Henderson
Isabel Glasser ... Cheryl Henderson
Danielle Quinn Danielle Quinn ... Jill Henderson
Spencer Klein Spencer Klein ... Josh Henderson
Anne Haney ... Helen
Billye Ree Wallace Billye Ree Wallace ... Alice
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After two failed marriages, a science fiction writer (Brooks) decides coming to terms with his mom will improve his chances for a successful relationship, so he moves in with his mom (Reynolds). Written by JG <jmgrant@SoCA.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mother See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,701, 29 December 1996

Gross USA:

$19,145,198

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,145,198
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Since she had received no alimony from ex-husband Paul Simon, Albert Brooks asked good friend (and daughter of the movie's star Debbie Reynolds), Carrie Fisher, if she would ask her ex to give Brooks the right to use an adapted version of his famous song "Mrs. Robinson", which had originally been used in the film The Graduate (1967). Both Simon and his equally famous partner Art Garfunkel had previously refused to allow anyone to use their iconic song. For instance, in the early eighties, the duo were offered a lot of money to rework the song for a "Mr. Coffee" commercial. They refused that and all other offers. However, because of his relationship with Fisher, Simon agreed, and the song was rewritten using the name "Mrs. Henderson" instead. See more »

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John is driving out of San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge supposedly in the evening. However, traffic is heavy going in while outbound traffic is light, indicating that it is actually the morning commute. See more »

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John Henderson: Stop. No more food. It's like FANTASIA.
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I Left My Heart In San Francisco
By George Cory (as George C. Cory Jr.) & Douglass Cross
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It's one of Brooks' best, and Reynolds was never better
6 March 1999 | by Andrew_EskridgeSee all my reviews

I saw Mother in a theater and came away only partially impressed. Although I appreciated the witty script, I thought director/writer Albert Brooks missed making his point about the complicated relationships between mothers and sons. However, I've warmed to this film after seeing it over and over on cable. The dialogue is great, and the perpetually whining Brooks and a surprisingly droll Debbie Reynolds are a sharp comedy team. For example, I love the way Brooks wags a banana at Reynolds when she questions why women leave him. And when Brooks and his brother fight over Reynolds like she was their mistress. The ending is a little too pat -- I don't think sons ever resolve their conflicts with their mothers, or even understand them. But it's Brooks' best film after Lost in America. And that ain't bad.


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