'Night Mother (1986)


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Based on a Marsha Norman Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this is not one to see if you are already depressed. The story centers around a young woman who announces one evening that she is going to kill herself. Her Mother then spends the evening with her reliving their lives together, trying to form some future scenario which will change her daughter's intention. Though the outcome seems inevitable, the portrayals are realistic and well acted.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Marsha Norman
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On DVD: Aug 3, 2010
Universal Pictures



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Critic Reviews for 'Night Mother

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Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, this drama examines the complex roots of suicide.

Full Review… | July 10, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for 'Night Mother


Anne Bancroft and Sissy Spacek not receiving an Oscar nomination for their splendid performances is without a doubt one of the biggest injustices in the History of Cinema, since they give all their best in this harrowing, emotionally devastating adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play.

Carlos Magalh„es

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Two acting titans square off in this chamber piece of anger, laughter, disappointed hopes and despair. It's an intense workout for both and they are up to the challenge but it is a grim tale.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


An unsettling take on the tragic phenomenon of suicide. Great performances (Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft) but it's hard to overlook a screenplay that seems better suited for the stage. The back-story could have been better told through a series of flashbacks rather than thick dialog. But still, a fascinating study of the dysfunctional relationship between mothers and daughters.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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