Andre's Mother

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Andre's Mother
DVD cover
Directed by Deborah Reinisch
Produced by Sarah Green
Deborah Reinisch
Written by Terrence McNally
Starring Richard Thomas
Sada Thompson
Sylvia Sidney
Music by Jonathan Sheffer
Cinematography Bobby Bukowski
Edited by Jeffrey Wolf
Distributed by Public Broadcasting Service
Release dates
March 7, 1990
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Andre's Mother is a 1990 American drama film directed by Deborah Reinisch. The screenplay by Terrence McNally is an expansion of an eight-minute play written for an anthology called Urban Blight that was produced by the Manhattan Theater Club in 1988.[1]

The film was produced by WGBH Boston and was broadcast on March 7, 1990 by PBS stations nationwide as part of the American Playhouse series. It was released on Region 1 DVD on April 25, 2006.


Set at the Manhattan memorial service for Andre Gerard, who died of AIDS and was buried in Dallas several weeks earlier, the story focuses on his mother Katherine's inability to come to terms with his death or share her grief with Cal, the young man's lover. Her rage is directed not only at the man she never accepted and her own mother, who was less judgmental of her grandson's life, but at Andre himself as well.

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Critical reception[edit]

John O'Connor of the New York Times called it one of those

...programs that vividly illustrate why public television can be indispensable....

"Andre's Mother" has been given a superb cast and an exquisite production ....

Even in this sensitive exercise, obviously, the subject of AIDS is handled with some trepidation. Andre cannot be just an average guy; he has to be a paragon.... But the AIDS epidemic is claiming ordinary and exceptionally gifted citizens alike. Perhaps they can all merit television's unselfconscious compassion some day. Meanwhile, bolstered powerfully by the performances of Miss Thompson and Mr. Thomas, "Andre's Way" makes encouraging headway in the right direction.[1]


McNally won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, and the National Board of Review named it Outstanding Television Movie of the Year.


  1. ^ a b O'Connor, John J. (March 7, 1990). "Review/Television; Accepting the Lover of a Son Dead of AIDS". New York Times. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 

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