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A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story

A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story is a 1992 television film directed by Linda Otto. Starring Bonnie Bedelia in the title role, the courtroom drama - which has also been released as Shattered Silence - chronicles the story behind the Elizabeth Morgan case, in which a woman is put on trial when she sends her daughter to New Zealand to live with her grandparents, after her ex-husband is not found guilty for abusing their daughter, of which she suspects him.

A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story
Written byAlan Landsburg
Lucretia Baxter
Directed byLinda Otto
StarringBonnie Bedelia
Theme music composerJames McVay
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Alan Landsburg
Howard Lipstone
Linda Otto
Producer(s)Kay Hoffman
Don Goldman (co-producer)
CinematographyMike Fash
Editor(s)Robin Wilson
Running time95 minutes
Production company(s)Landsburg Company
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 29, 1992




The film went into production under the title With Reason to Suspect on February 24, 1992, in Charlotte, North Carolina.[1] Including preparation, director Linda Otto[2] spent three years making the film.


Variety magazine wrote that A Mother's Right is "a quality telefilm that should draw good ratings thanks to a powerful performance by Bonnie Bedelia. [..] The telefilm provides an emotional rollercoaster ride for viewers, who will not want to get off until the last judge's gavel is pounded. Technically the project is first rate. Writing is tight and moves the project along smoothly. Drama draws on the heart strings without becoming overly sweet. Linda Otto's direction is fluid and the acting brings this project home."[3]


  1. ^ MacMinn, Aleeene (February 4, 1992). "Television". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
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  3. ^ Huff, Richard (November 23, 1992). "A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story". Variety. Retrieved 2012-12-16.

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