'night, Mother (film)

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'night, Mother
Film poster
Directed byTom Moore
Produced byAaron Spelling
Alan Greisman
Screenplay byMarsha Norman
Based on'night, Mother
by Marsha Norman
Music byDavid Shire
CinematographyStephen M. Katz
Edited bySuzanne Pettit
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • September 12, 1986 (1986-09-12)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$441,863

'night, Mother is a 1986 American drama film starring Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft. It was directed by Tom Moore and written by Marsha Norman based on her Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. The film was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. Tom Moore had also directed the play on Broadway.[1][2]


Jessie is a middle-aged woman living with her widowed mother, Thelma. One night, she calmly tells Thelma that she plans to commit suicide that very evening. She makes this revelation all while nonchalantly organizing household items and preparing to do her mother's nails.

The resulting intense conversation between Jessie and Thelma reveals Jessie's reasons for her decision and how thoroughly she has planned her own death, culminating in a disturbing yet unavoidable climax.



The film was given its first-ever U.S. DVD release by Universal Studios on August 3, 2004 and is also available online though Amazon, Apple's iTunes Store and Vudu. The film received mixed reviews and was not nominated for any Academy Awards, although Bancroft was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Spacek was nominated for the Academy Award that year for Crimes of the Heart, another film adaptation of a play, released the same year.[3]


  1. ^ https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/night-mother-4214
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1987 Programme". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  3. ^ New York Times review accessed 11/23/2016

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