'night, Mother (film)
|Directed by||Tom Moore|
|Produced by||Aaron Spelling
|Written by||Marsha Norman|
|Music by||David Shire|
|Cinematography||Stephen M. Katz|
|Editing by||Suzanne Pettit|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||100 minutes|
'night, Mother is a 1986 American drama film written by Marsha Norman. The film, which stars Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft, is based on Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. It was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival.
Jessie is a middle-aged woman living with her widowed mother, Thelma. One night, she calmly tells Thelma that she plans to commit suicide that very evening. She makes this revelation all while nonchalantly organizing household items and preparing to do her mother's nails.
The resulting intense conversation between Jessie and Thelma reveals Jessie's reasons for her decision and how thoroughly she has planned her own death, culminating in a disturbing yet unavoidable climax.
- Sissy Spacek ... Jessie Cates
- Anne Bancroft ... Thelma Cates
- Ed Berke ... Dawson Cates
- Carol Robbins ... Loretta Cates
- Jennifer Roosendahl ... Melodie Cates
- Michael Kenworthy... Kenny Cates
- Sari Walker ... Agnes Fletcher
- Claire Malis ... Operator (voice)
The film was given its first-ever U.S. DVD release by Universal Studios on August 3, 2010.
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