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David's Mother (1994)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 10 April 1994
A woman estranged from her husband and family insists on caring for her autistic son alone.

Writers:

Bob Randall (play), Bob Randall (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirstie Alley ... Sally Goodson
Sam Waterston ... John Nils
Stockard Channing ... Bea
Michael A. Goorjian ... David Goodson (as Michael Goorjian)
Chris Sarandon ... Philip
Phylicia Rashad ... Gladys Johnson
Jack Duffy Jack Duffy ... Doorman
Amanda Blitz Amanda Blitz ... Susan - 10-12 Years
Steven Ivany Steven Ivany ... David - 5-9 Years
Caroline Yeager Caroline Yeager ... Social Worker
Renessa Blitz Renessa Blitz ... Susan - 8 Years
Bob Zidel Bob Zidel ... Stephen
Nicole Greenspan Nicole Greenspan ... Justine
Kazuya Takahashi Kazuya Takahashi ... Waiter
Marcell Rosenblatt Marcell Rosenblatt ... Mother
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Storyline

Sally Goodson has been raising her autistic son David alone since her husband left many years ago. Now a social worker discovers that Sally has been dodging 'The System' to keep her son with her, instead of putting him in an institution. Each feels they know what's best for David. But their opinions are not the same. Sally's developing relationship with John Nils is caught in the middle. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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She sacrificed the perfect life to be the perfect mother.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

David See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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difficult viewing, but a refreshing change
11 May 2005 | by roryconnSee all my reviews

Finally, a film which portrays autism with some realism. this film describes the challenges of raising a disabled child, how it may affect family relations, and its rewards. David is severely autistic. He has no savant skills (Hollywood's usual obsession with the disorder), think Rain Man; similarly there is no 'miracle cure' offered. For other autism films which are far less accurate and therefore damaging, see: Mercury Rising, Silent Fall, Molly, House of Cards, I am Sam, The Pit. A generally well acted film. Kirstie Alley is excellent. Stockard Channing has her moments, but regularly verges on serious over-acting. Sam Waterson, if not actually autistic himself (surely he is!?) is amazing. Well worth a watch, particularly if only to find an alternative to the inaccurate representations of autism which Hollywood thrives on.


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