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 by||Alan Landsburg|
|Directed by||Linda Otto|
|Theme music composer||James McVay|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Alan Landsburg|
Don Goldman (co-producer)
|Running time||95 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Landsburg Company|
|Original release||November 29, 1992|
The film went into production under the title With Reason to Suspect on February 24, 1992, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Including preparation, director Linda Otto 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."