'night, Mother (film)
|Directed by||Tom Moore|
|Produced by||Aaron Spelling
|Screenplay by||Marsha Norman|
|Based on||'night, Mother
by Marsha Norman
|Music by||David Shire|
|Cinematography||Stephen M. Katz|
|Edited by||Suzanne Pettit|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
'night, Mother is a 1986 American drama film starring Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft. It was directed by Tom Moore and written by Marsha Norman based on her Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. The film was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. Tom Moore had also directed the play on Broadway.
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 and is also available online though Amazon, Apple's iTunes Store and Vudu. The film received mixed reviews and was not nominated for any Academy Awards, although Bancroft was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Spacek was nominated for the Academy Award that year for Crimes of the Heart, another film adaptation of a play, released the same year.
- "Berlinale: 1987 Programme". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
- New York Times review accessed 11/23/2016
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