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  • Actors: Sissy Spacek, Anne Bancroft, Ed Berke, Carol Robbins, Jennifer Roosendahl
  • Directors: Tom Moore
  • Writers: Marsha Norman
  • Producers: Dann Byck, Cheryl Downey, Alan Greisman, David Lancaster, Aaron Spelling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L16FB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft star in ‘Night Mother, a taut, emotional study about a mother's attempt to stop her distraught daughter from committing suicide. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by author Marsha Norman, the moving production casts Spacek as epileptic with a failed marriage and a delinquent son who decides to take control the only way she can - by taking her own life. Bancroft, as the widowed mother with whom she lives, is oblivious to her daughter's depression until she becomes frightfully aware of her plans. The give-and-take between Spacek and Bancroft makes for a searing family drama which brings to the surface all the love, resentment and understanding that exists between every parent and child.

Customer Reviews

Two giant actresses in a great performance.
sdecesare
If you are anything like me, you will be moved to tears and left with an empty feeling for a while.
Lawrence J. Ukolowicz
Jessie one night calmly tells her mother Thelma that she will end her life by suicide.
C. Davis

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ferguson on June 10, 2010
Format: DVD
Night Mother is a movie that todays main stream movie goer is not likely to sit still for. It is a brutally honest depiction of a woman who feels she has run out of reasons or a purpose to live and has made the decision to end her life. Portrayed by Sissy Spacek who plays Jessie her performance is truly heart rendering but also courageous. Jessie lives with her mother portrayed by Anne Bancroft who also delivers a powerhouse performance as a mother who is desparately trying to understand how her adult child could have arrived at such a decision and how she might help her to change her mind. Jessie has put much thought into her decision and all the lose ends she feels she needs to tend to before departing this life. The film begins on the evening that Jessie has chosen as her last. The evening unfolds as Jessie informs her mother of her deision and what is going to be required of her mother once she is gone. As the night winds down we the audience are allowed into Jessie's world and the events and her loss of dreams that has led her to this dark place. Suicide is one of our cultures last unspeakable taboo's. No matter what one's personal feelings or convictions are regarding suicide. This is a brutally honest and compelling glimpse into the life of someone who feels she no longer has any quality of life and who feels that she no longer has any direction over her life except for this final act. While many viewers will state they cannot imagine ever being in this situation they should heed caution because this could be any one of us if fate should deal an unkind hand. In it's own unique way "Night Mother" is actually life affirming.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence J. Ukolowicz on August 16, 2010
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When I first saw this movie, it was on VHS. I missed it at the theatres. This is truly a showcase of the depth of skill of two outstanding actresses. This movie could have gotten maudlin and overly dramatic. But the director really knew this script and characters and kept Sissy and Anne within the boundaries of stable characterizations. It explores humankind in a way that makes our skin crawl. It goes to the very life of suicide and how it is a viable option. This movie is haunting and everytime I think of it, I see in my mind's eye Sissy Spacek looking back at Anne Bancroft saying, "'night, Mother" and I receive a chill time and time again. Definitely not a date movie. Most assuredly not a movie to watch to lift your spirits. But if you are in a pensive mood, a solemn mood and want to watch a movie that makes you think and process life, this is the one. If you are anything like me, you will be moved to tears and left with an empty feeling for a while. But taking that trip and feeling those feelings will make you so very glad you are alive and have the tenacity to take the punches and survive. Quite an incredible little film with such a lot to say.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Aryael de Kaprii on July 26, 2010
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Orinally a Pulitzer Prize winning play written by Marsha Norman, this film was produced by Aaron Spelling in 1986. Anne Bancroft (God Rest her Soul) was a fabulous actress. She brings an element of talent to every film she has been in, completely transforming the film from good to WOW. Add Sissy Spacek to the mix and you have (in my opinion)one of the greatest films to come out of the 80s era of great film. This movie takes place in a small house in the country. The dialogue had to be good to pull this off and these two actresses did a great job. This movie is about Jessie a troubled woman, who decides that she does not want to endure life anymore. She prepares for her suicide and discusses it with her mother while catching up on household chores, drinking hot coco and sitting at the breakfast table. Listen to what she says, her words are so profound, so moving and saddly real. I watch this movie over and over, understanding Jessie and feeling so very sorry for her mother. Great movie, its all about the dialogue, listen and you will love this film.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 17, 2010
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This is basically a filmed play, character-study type film, and it primarily focuses on two characters...a mother and a daughter, as played by Anne Bancroft and Sissy Spacek, respectfully. Note, I'm not here to give a review of this film, I am here to praise the spectacular acting and to highly suggest watching it to anyone that wants to experience superior acting. Sissy Spacek (in brown eye contacts that make her look impossibly sad) should have taken home her second Best Actress Oscar for this performance. That isn't just a statement, it's a fact. This is, without a doubt, one of the finest performances ever caught on film. I have now seen this film 3 times, and her flawless performance only gets better every time. Anne Bancroft is also amazing, and thankfully, offers a tiny bit of comic relief in this grim and devastating film. Both actresses had a ton of dialog to remember, and they both handled it with expertise, as evidenced in one 'long take' after another.
Like I stated, this story is unrelentingly grim, but it's one that will raise a lot of questions and discussions with its viewers. To me, that's always a good thing.
But first and foremost, I highly recommend this film to all to witness 'acting' at its absolute finest. It simply can not get any better than this. I have never known of Sissy Spacek giving a weak performance, and she's certainly been outstanding in the many films of hers that I have seen. But I can easily say that I consider -'night, Mother- as the jewel in her crown.
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widescreen, please!
I have both the Region 2 (widescreen w/menus, no subtitles, 92 mins) and the Region 1 (full frame, no menus, no subtitles, 97 mins). I can't vouch for where the extra five minutes come from, but I did a side by side comparison and the Region 1 release does in fact cut off an appreciable amount of... Read More
Sep 14, 2011 by Randy Wilson |  See all 11 posts
No Widescreen for U.S. DVD release? WTF? Be the first to reply
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