'Night, Mother

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'Night. Mother was adapted by Marsha Norman from her own harrowing Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Outwardly normal Sissy Spacek calmly informs her mother Anne Bancroft that she's about to commit suicide. Thus the stage is set for a war of nerves between the determined Spacek and the distraught Bancroft, who uses every emotional and psychological device at her disposal to stave off the inevitable. The film's tension grows not from its plot development--we know from the outset how it's going to end--but from whether ...
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Overview

'Night. Mother was adapted by Marsha Norman from her own harrowing Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Outwardly normal Sissy Spacek calmly informs her mother Anne Bancroft that she's about to commit suicide. Thus the stage is set for a war of nerves between the determined Spacek and the distraught Bancroft, who uses every emotional and psychological device at her disposal to stave off the inevitable. The film's tension grows not from its plot development--we know from the outset how it's going to end--but from whether or not we're going to learn all the reasons for Spacek's decision. She's an epileptic, an alcoholic, and supremely miserable, but she always holds a little something back, prompting the viewer to lean closer to the screen in hopes of ferreting out more answers. In the original play, the outcome was never predictable; perhaps understandably, there are many who prefer the staged 'Night Mother to the screen version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • UPC: 025192066511
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,991

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sissy Spacek Jessie Cates
Anne Bancroft Thelma Cates
Ed Berke Dawson Cates
Carol Robbins Loretta Cates
Jennifer Rosendahl Melodie Cates
Michael Kenworthy Kenny Cates
Sari Walker Agnes Fletcher
Claire Malis Operator
Technical Credits
Tom Moore Director
Eric D. Andersen Camera Operator
Robert Blackman Costumes/Costume Designer
Dann Byck Executive Producer
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Bonnie Dermer Set Decoration/Design
Cheryl Downey Associate Producer
Beverli Eagan Set Decoration/Design
Alan Greisman Producer
John R. Jensen Art Director
Stephen M. Katz Cinematographer
David Lancaster Executive Producer, Producer
Marsha Norman Screenwriter
Suzanne Pettit Editor
David Shire Score Composer
Aaron Spelling Producer
Brenda Todd Makeup
Wallace Worsley Jr. Associate Producer, Production Manager
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 'Night, Mother
1. Chapter 1 [9:51]
2. Chapter 2 [9:47]
3. Chapter 3 [10:23]
4. Chapter 4 [9:49]
5. Chapter 5 [10:08]
6. Chapter 6 [9:48]
7. Chapter 7 [10:42]
8. Chapter 8 [12:19]
9. Chapter 9 [11:10]
10. Chapter 10 [1:57]
11. Chapter 11 [:01]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- 'Night, Mother
   Menu Group #1 with 11 chapter(s) covering 01:36:00
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Tearful, tender tale of a tortured soul

    Lonely, epileptic, cast off by both husband and son (who turned out to be an ill-brought up druggie), unemployable Jessie Cates (Spacek) has had it and wants to end it all. She is trapped in a boring, endless domestic-bound existence with her titular widowed mother, Thelma (Bancroft), whose own life was probably not much happier and both of whom have next to nothing to show for their lives (ala Million Dollar Baby). Poingant
    plotline pairing up two of America's greatest actresses who, along with
    the small amounts of acoustic and other string music, do justice to this
    play-based drama. Really looking forward to it finally being domestically
    disced w/American packaging and credits.

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