The Good Mother (1988 film)

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The Good Mother
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Leonard Nimoy
Produced by Arne Glimcher
Screenplay by Michael Bortman
Based on The Good Mother by
Sue Miller
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography David Watkin
Edited by Peter E. Berger
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • November 4, 1988 (1988-11-04)
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $14 million
Box office $4,764,606

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.[1]


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.



The movie received mixed reviews.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Avins, Mimi (1988-11-20). "Commentary : Selling Out for the Sake of Expediency : 'The Good Mother'- What Rage? What Reason? - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (1988-11-04). "Movie Review - The Good Mother - Review/Film; Passion vs. Parenthood in 'The Good Mother' -". Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  3. ^ "The Good Mother :: :: Reviews". 1988-11-04. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  4. ^ SHEILA BENSON (1986-04-14). "MOVIE REVIEWS : 'Good Mother' Stuck in Ambiguity - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2012-07-03. 

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