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Too Close to Home (1997)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 29 April 1997
A woman obsessed with her adult son, angered by the idea of him leaving her and his marriage to a beautiful nurse, does everything in her power to prevent his independence.

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Bill Corcoran
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Light ... Diana Donahue
Ricky Schroder ... Nick Donahue (as Rick Schroder)
Sarah Trigger ... Abigail 'Abby' Emma Fletcher
Dorothy Gordon ... Mrs. Jane Sweeney
Ruth Marshall ... Adrienne
John Nelles ... Brian Moffett
Peter MacNeill ... Judge Sorenson
Harry Lennix ... Prosecuting Attorney
Sugith Varughese ... Henry Singh
Allegra Fulton ... Gloria Lopez
Isai Rivera Blas ... Humberto Lopez (as Gil Rivera Blas)
Don Allison Don Allison ... Ted Barnes
James Kidnie ... Woody Ryan
Christopher Kelk ... Jackson
Domenic Cina Domenic Cina ... Witness
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Storyline

The 29 year old lawyer Nick Donahue is still living with his mother (Diana). To escape from her possessive behavior, he decides to look for a flat of his own. Diana can't stand the idea of her son leaving her. Trying to make him change his mind ,she doesn't even hesitate to simulate a suicide attempt. While she is hospitalized, Nick falls in love with a nurse (Abby) and they quickly marry. When Diana finds this out, things take a dramatic turn... Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mother's Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Once Upon a Time Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a real-life incident. In 1958, Elizabeth Ann Duncan hired two drifters - Augustine Baldonado and Luis Moya - to murder her pregnant daughter-in-law out of jealousy of her son, Frank, an attorney. As in the film, Frank met his wife, a nurse, at a hospital after Elizabeth attempted suicide in a ploy to keep him from leaving home, and, as in the film, he represented his mother at her trial. Elizabeth, Baldonado, and Moya were executed in San Quentin's gas chamber on August 8, 1962. See more »

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Movie was true to the story it was based on
20 March 2005 | by SonettoSee all my reviews

The movie was certainly true to the real life story on which it was based. It was hard for me to find newspaper articles about the actual facts, but when I located them, I could see that truth, in this case, was stranger than fiction. Judith Light was frighteningly evil in her role as the mother in this movie, so much so that it was difficult to separate her from the role, the mark I think of an excellent performance. Rick Schroder was appropriately clueless as her son who also defended her in court, an example of how hard it can be in some circumstances for a child to accept the actions of a parent, no matter how criminal they may be. One can find fault with the movie, but not with its treatment of the reality on which it was based.


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