Not without My DaughterDirector: Brian Gilbert
In this docudrama based on true events, a mid-'80s Michigan housewife finds her life turned upside down when a vacation to Tehran with her Iranian husband turns into virtual imprisonment for her and her young daughter. Betty Mahmoody (Sally Field) is reluctant to visit the wartorn homeland of her doctor husband, Moody (Alfred Molina). But, depressed about the racism of the American medical establishment and pining for contact with his family, Moody convinces her to join him for a two-week jaunt. The Islamic fundamentalism and strange customs of Iran bewilder and frighten Betty and her daughter, Mahtob (Sheila Rosenthal). But nothing prepares her for Moody's announcement that the family will be remaining in Tehran indefinitely. Despite beatings and more pervasive psychological control from her husband and his relatives, Betty makes it to the Swiss embassy (there is no American ambassador at the time). There, she learns that as the wife of an Iranian, she is now automatically considered a citizen and that she has absolutely no parental rights over Mahtob in this country. Betty then endures several years as a virtual prisoner, escaping only with the help of Westernized Iranian friends. Based on the book by the real-life Mahmoody and William Hoffer, Not Without My Daughter was coincidentally released during the long build-up to 1991's Gulf War.
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Cast & Crew
|Sally Field||Betty Mahmoody|
|Mony Rey||Ameh Bozorg|
|Daphna Armoni||Koran Teacher|
|Mary Rey||Ameh Bozorg|
|Mary Nell Santacroce||Grandma|
|Amir Shmuel||Baba Hajji|
|Yacov Banai||Aga Hakim|
|Ahuva Keren||Miss Nassimi|
|Farzaneh Taidi||Khanun Shaheen|
|Yerusha Tirosh||Mahtob's Teacher|
|Shaul Mizrahi||Iranian Soldier|
|Joseph Shiloach||Mohsen's Companion|
|Avi Avivi||Art Director|
|Desmond Crowe||Art Director|
|Nic Ede||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jerry Goldsmith||Score Composer|
|Joe Litsche||Art Director|
|Anthony Pratt||Production Designer|
|David W. Rintels||Screenwriter|
|Bob Smith||Camera Operator|
|Mary Jane Ufland||Producer|
|Anthony Waye||Associate Producer|
|Shlomo Zafir||Set Decoration/Design|
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I had seen this film on television years ago before I decided to purchase a copy of it. The film has been referenced in the 1995 book by Geraldine Brooks: NINE PARTS OF DESIRE; THE HIDDEN WORLD OF ISLAMIC WOMEN. This book I had read after reading THE TROUBLE WITH ISLAM TODAY; A MUSLIM'S CALL FOR REFORM IN HER FAITH. What's wrong with Islam? After reading the abovereferenced books and seeing this film it seems rather simple: just marry an Islamic man (even if you yourself are American born) and find out--you will disappear as a human being! As Geraldine Brooks wrote in NINE PARTS OF DESIRE the enforced wearing of the hijab signifies an acceptance of a legal code that values "a future domestic life in which her husband could beat her if she disobeyed him, make her share his attentions with three more wives, divorce her at whim and get absolute custody of her children." Sally Field did an exceptional job of portraying Betty Mahmoody, the wife of an Iranian born American doctor who after agreeing to come to Iran to visit relatives finds herself trapped there with her seven-year-old daughter. She had made the nearly fatal mistake of trusting the man she loved who swore on the Koran before the family left the U.S. that they would be returning back to the United States after only a two week stay! The film is explicit on just how much courage and determination it took to escape the barbarism this poor woman was subjected to. I truly admire her for what she was able to accomplish. Betty was lucky she made it out alive but just how many more were not so fortunate? To think that there were as many American women there basically stripped of their rights as citizens of the United States simply because they married a Middle Eastern Islamic man is horrific. This film as much today as it did years ago impresses me just how careful one must be over who one marries. Thank God my husband, a fifth-generation German Irish Catholic and an American Army veteran has neve treated me in such an primitive and barbaric way. As a woman I feel very fortunate indeed to have been born and raised in America and never to have married someone who treated me in such an abysmal fashion.
I am surprised when I hear that people have not seen this movie. The moving story of a mother's love and fierce protective instincts as well as the story of everyday life for many families in Iran is one that stays with us--especially in our privileged existence in this free country.
it was very moving to actually see that this was a true story and someone actually suffered that much it just gave me a totally different perspective about things.
This is one of the best movies that show how much a mother loves her daughter and to what extent that love can go. This movie helps us relaize that women are strong human beings and are not easily led by men into a world that is a complete stanger to them. This is a movie worth seeing.
this movie is one of the best movies that i have ever seen get it you are going to enjoy this . Peace Jarule A mi me gusta la chocha
When I saw it for the first time it just touched me, and taught me to be apreciative because I couldn't believe someone could go threw all that in Iran, and plus its a true story. So thats why I give this movie five stars cause it has really good drama.
i've read the book as well, after i saw the movie, which helped me understand it more. Sally Field is excellent at conveying the feelings of Betty as she feels in the book. It's a fantastic, moving film and is well worth getting. Despite the terrible situation, it is gripping and well portrayed. It gives you an idea of what the news doesn't tell us. See it!!
I saw this movie in school a while back and I thought it was an incredible true story! Have a box of tissues ready!
The actors were magnificent, they played it as if they knew this story at hand and as if they had gone through all of this themselves. While I was wacthing this movie I deffinently felt my heart pounding,I was also sweating at the palm of my hand,chills ran through my body as if a heart attack was developing. I know that many people don't like to take others words,not even I do but THIS IS THE GREATEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN MY LIFE!!!!! I literaly felt like going into that movie and doing something to Moody that would have caused death. At times in the movie I had to look away from he screen to realize that this is just a movie and that they are actors. This movie is very terrifying.I felt that Betty was going to be killed by Moody because of her plan to escape, and how she SACRIFICED HERSELF TO FREEDOM.You need to see this movie to beleive how GREAT this movie is.
This movie has a cast of strong actors. All are top rate at portraying these characters. Being a member of an Arab family & growing up Muslim I can understand Betty's confusion & I understand Moody's guilt. But, there is no Islamic, Muslim or Arab religious reason or custom for his keeping his wife & daughter hostage. Let's not condem what we don't understand anymore than all the doctors Moody had to endure here in the states. Those doctors show the pure ignorance of some American people, just as Betty's interpretation of some customs as primitive or as she puts it "hiding women's sexuality" shows her ignorance of something she doesn't understand. Not understanding something is not a crime & choosing not to practice this way of life should have been accepted by her husband. His guilt should not have become her & her daughters prision. I am grateful she found such wonderful Iranian people that could help her get home. What I would like to know now is, has she had any contact with Moody? How is Mahtob now & how has she helped any other women in her position?
I like the title so as the movie. It gives you an example what kind of nation to marry or not.
I have read Not Without my Daughter and seen the film. I enjoyed both. Providing that Betty Mahmoody is telling the truth, then I do sympathise with her and the terrible nightmare she has had to endure. As a convert to Islam, I understand this religion better than Betty Mahmoody. Therefore I do not accept that Iranian people only take a bath or shower once a month as stated in her book. Islam encourages cleanliness, and it is an obligation for every Muslim to wash before prayer 5 times a day. Betty also questioned why Muslim women cover up, and why they are afraid to express their sexuality. We Muslims cover up because Allah asks us to do so to protect our beauty from men who may try to take advantage. Many Muslim women all around the world love to wear a headscarf, chador or hijab. Western women often do not understand why we cover up and assume its because we are oppressed or victims of our husbands. Betty also made reference to the Quran. She refered to the part where Allah gives permission for a husband to beat his wife. It is not permissable for a man to hurt his wife in any way. Beating is a last resort if the wife is behaving in a unsatisfactory manner. Beating usually consists of using a feather or a very light object to tap the women accross her body avoiding contact with her face. Islam does not encourage violence towards man or woman. Islam is explained in detail on the website www.islamonline.net.I would encourage people with a negative view of Islam to go on this website and find out about the true Islam and the beauty of this religion.