The Good Mother (1988 film)
|The Good Mother|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Leonard Nimoy|
|Produced by||Arne Glimcher|
|Screenplay by||Michael Bortman|
|Based on||The Good Mother by
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Edited by||Peter E. Berger|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
The Good Mother is a 1988 American drama film and an adaptation of Sue Miller's novel of the same name. Directed by Leonard Nimoy, the film stars Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson in the leading roles. The Good Mother explores feelings and beliefs about children's exposure to adult sexuality and challenges society's growing reliance upon courts to settle complex private and ethical matters.
Anna Dunlap (Diane Keaton), is a piano teacher who works part-time at a college laboratory and a recent divorcee who has custody of a six-year-old daughter. She meets and falls in love with Leo (Liam Neeson), an Irish sculptor who helps her to find true passion and fulfillment. But her sexual liberation comes at a very high cost: her ex-husband Brian (Naughton) questions her new lifestyle. Worse, he accuses Leo of sexually molesting Molly and sues Anna for custody of their daughter.
- Diane Keaton as Anna Dunlop
- Liam Neeson as Leo Cutter
- Jason Robards as W. O. Muth
- Ralph Bellamy as Frank, Anna's maternal grandfather
- Teresa Wright as Eleanor, Anna's maternal grandmother
- James Naughton as Brian Dunlop
- Asia Vieira as Molly Dunlop
- Joe Morton as Frank Williams
- Fred Melamed as Dr. Payne
- Katey Sagal as Ursula
- Margaret Bard as Aunt Rain
- Nancy Beatty as Anna's Mother
- Barry Belchamber as Anna's Father
- Mairon Bennett as Young Anna
- Zachary Bennett as Young Bobby
- Scott Brunt as Eric
- Matt Damon as Extra
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