'night, Mother (film)

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'night, Mother
Film poster
Directed by Tom Moore
Produced by Aaron Spelling
Alan Greisman
Written by Marsha Norman
Music by David Shire
Cinematography Stephen M. Katz
Edited by Suzanne Pettit
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • September 12, 1986 (1986-09-12)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

'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.[1]


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.



The film was given its first-ever U.S. DVD release by Universal Studios on August 3, 2010.


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1987 Programme". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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