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Custody is a 2016 American courtroom drama film directed and written by James Lapine. The film stars Viola Davis as a judge who presides over the custody case of a Latina woman named Sara (played by Catalina Sandino Moreno) who is desperate to keep her children.[1] Hayden Panettiere plays the lawyer given Sara's case,[2] with Ellen Burstyn, Selenis Leyva, Olga Merediz, Dan Fogler, Raúl Esparza, and Tony Shalhoub in other roles. Custody was filmed in New York City in May 2015.[3]

Directed byJames Lapine
Produced byViola Davis
Katie Mustard
Lauren Versel
Jeff Elliott
Chad Moore
Gregory P. Shockro
Written byJames Lapine
StarringViola Davis
Catalina Sandino Moreno
Hayden Panettiere
Ellen Burstyn
Music byAntônio Pinto
CinematographyZak Mulligan
Edited byMiky Wolf
Lucky Monkey Pictures
Mustard & Co
JuVee Productions
Release date
  • April 17, 2016 (2016-04-17) (Tribeca Film Festival)
CountryUnited States

The film world premiered in the Spotlight section of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.[4] The film premiered on Lifetime on March 4, 2017.[5]



  1. ^ a b c "Viola Davis, Catalina Sandino Moreno to Star in Courtroom Drama 'Custody'". TheWrap. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  2. ^ "First Look: Catalina Sandino Moreno Fights to Keep Her Kids in 'Custody' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Dave McNary. "Custody: Viola Davis to Star with Hayden Panettiere and Ellen Burstyn - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Tribeca 2016 Announces Lineups for Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings, and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival". Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Kate Stanhope. "Michael Jackson Film Ordered at Lifetime". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Viola Davis On Break from "Murder" Will Play Judge in James Lapine Film". Showbiz411. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Ellen Burstyn, Hayden Panettiere Join Viola Davis in Courtroom Drama 'Custody'". TheWrap. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  8. ^ "'OITNB' Star Selenis Leyva Says Gloria Will 'Come Undone' In Season 3". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 June 2015.

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