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The Good Mother (The Price of Passion) (1988)

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Anna Dunlap (Diane Keaton) is a divorced mother living is Boston with her 6-year-old daughter Molly (Asia Viera). She supports herself and her daughter by working part time in a lab and teaching piano. Her ex-husband Brian (James Naughton) is a Washington lawyer who has since remarried. Anna meets Leo Cutter (Liam Neeson) and she and the Irish sculptor begin a torrid and passionate love affair. Molly walks in while the two are making love and lies down to sleep next to her mother, oblivious of their act of intimacy. Molly innocently relates the incident to Brian, and the livid lawyer sues for custody of the little girl. An ugly courtroom battle begins, with Leo being accused of molestation of a minor and Anna branded as an amoral, unfit mother. Her attorney Muth (Jason Robards) levels with Anna and tells her she must choose between Molly and her lover. Directed by Leonard Nimoy, this powerful drama is taken from the best-selling novel by Sue Miller.

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Cast

Ralph Bellamy
as Grandfather
Teresa Wright
as Grandmother
Joe Morton
as Frank Williams
Margaret Bard
as Aunt Rain
Asia Vieira
as Molly Dunlap
Nancy Beatty
as Anna's Mother
Barry Belchamber
as Anna's Father
Mairon Bennett
as Young Anna
Marvin Karon
as Bobby (older)
Zachary Bennett
as Young Bobby
Elizabeth Clarke
as Court Clerk
Philip Eckman
as Uncle Rain
Greg Ellwand
as Garrett
Sheila Ferrini
as Neighborhood Woman No.1
Donna Galligan
as Neighborhood Woman No.2
Gloria E. Gifford
as Bobby's Wife
Joyce Gordon
as Muth's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Good Mother (The Price of Passion)

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The traumatic subject matter of a child custody fight is handled with restraint and intelligence in The Good Mother.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
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Performances are good, though Keaton's snorting laughs and distracted manner are a bit of an obstacle course.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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For all its potential to challenge and disturb, The Good Mother is finally no more wrenching than a placid Maine landscape on a summer day.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
New York Times
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Even shackled to banalities, Keaton has the power to amaze.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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The Good Mother is one of the most confused and conflicted serious movies in a long time -- a film that feels great passion about its subject matter but has no idea what it wants to say or how to say it.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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One more nail in the coffin of the 60s.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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