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Not Without My Daughter (1991)




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This docudrama is an adaptation of the story of Betty Mahmoody (Sally Fields) who traveled to Teheran in the mid-'80s with her Iranian husband (Alfred Molina) and four-year-old daughter. Once back on his native soil after 20 years in the United States, her husband, the aptly named Moody, undergoes a personality transformation and he decides that he and his family will never go back to the U.S. He takes away Betty's credit cards and passport, and forbids her to use the telephone or to leave home. When she does try to escape to the Swiss Embassy, she is told that she is now an Iranian and has no rights as an American. Moody discovers what she has done and vows to kill her if she tries to leave again. For two more years, she suffers through repression and isolation while constantly thinking of how to escape with her daughter. Betty eventually joins forces with some Iranian friends in an underground group, who work on a plan to smuggle her and her daughter out of the country. The story is dramatic in its own right, taking the normal sense of isolation while alone in a foreign culture into nightmare proportions. As Moody condemns the American arming of Iraq for its attacks on Iran, the alienation Betty feels pointedly takes on political overtones. His transformation and the political nuances of this docudrama ride an anti-Islamic mood in the nation at the time of the film's release.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest
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Written By: David W. Rintels, Pat Riddle
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On DVD: Oct 2, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


Sally Field
as Betty Mahmoody
Roshan Seth
as Houssein
Mony Rey
as Ameh Bozorg
Ed L. Grady
as Grandpa
Marc Gowan
as Doctor
Mary Rey
as Ameh Bozorg
Amir Shmuel
as Baba Hajji
Yacov Banai
as Aga Hakim
Daphna Armoni
as Koran Teacher
Ahuva Keren
as Miss Nassimi
Farzaneh Taidi
as Khanun Shaheen
Yerusha Tirosh
as Mahtob's Teacher
Yossi Shiloach
as Mohsen's Companion
Shaul Mizrachi
as Iranian Soldier
Shaul Mizrahi
as Iranian Soldier
Ed Grady
as Grandpa
Joseph Shiloach
as Mohsen's Companion
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | November 24, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | August 18, 2008
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Not Without My Daughter

Unlike the Mini Series, the Movie stayed true to the spirit of the book.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

A depressing but courageous movie. It made me dislike those cultural beliefs even more.

Lafe Fredbjornson

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Very well done, intelligent film.

Leigh Ryan

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