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The Good Mother is a 1988 American drama film and an adaptation of Sue Miller's novel of the same name. Directed by Leonard Nimoy, the film stars Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson in the leading roles. The Good Mother explores feelings and beliefs about children's exposure to adult sexuality and challenges society's growing reliance upon courts to settle complex private and ethical matters.[1]

The Good Mother
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byLeonard Nimoy
Produced byArne Glimcher
Screenplay byMichael Bortman
Based onThe Good Mother by
Sue Miller
Music byElmer Bernstein
CinematographyDavid Watkin
Edited byPeter E. Berger
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • November 4, 1988 (1988-11-04)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$14 million
Box office$4,764,606



Anna Dunlap (Keaton), is a piano teacher who works part-time at a college laboratory and a recent divorcee who has custody of a six-year-old daughter, Molly (Asia Viera). She meets and falls in love with Leo (Neeson), an Irish sculptor who helps her to find true passion and fulfillment. But her sexual liberation comes at a very high cost: her ex-husband Brian (James Naughton) questions her new lifestyle. Worse, he accuses Leo of sexually molesting Molly and sues Anna for custody of their daughter.



The movie received mixed reviews.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Avins, Mimi (1988-11-20). "Commentary : Selling Out for the Sake of Expediency : 'The Good Mother'- What Rage? What Reason? - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (1988-11-04). "Movie Review - The Good Mother - Review/Film; Passion vs. Parenthood in 'The Good Mother' -". Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  3. ^ "The Good Mother :: :: Reviews". 1988-11-04. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  4. ^ SHEILA BENSON (1986-04-14). "MOVIE REVIEWS : 'Good Mother' Stuck in Ambiguity - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2012-07-03.

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