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The Perfect Mother (1997)

A woman marries into a family of self-made immigrants, but discovers that her new mother-in-law is bizarre and still babies her grown adult son, while also covering up the family's financial crimes and domestic abuse.

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Peter Levin

Writer:

Karen Clark
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyne Daly ... Elanie Podaras
Ione Skye ... Kathryn M. Podaras
Louis Ferreira ... John Podaras (as Justin Louis)
Tuesday Knight ... Charlene Podaras
David Cubitt ... Dan Podaras
Gwynyth Walsh ... Joy Pigeon
Dee Wallace ... Gina Mitrou (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Carlos Joe Costa Carlos Joe Costa ... Detective Hernandez
Johnny Cuthbert ... Frank Podaras (as Jon Cuthbert)
Jennifer Clement ... Sarah
Karen Elizabeth Austin Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Irene
Betty Linde ... Theodora
Nathaniel DeVeaux Nathaniel DeVeaux ... Sergeant Stern
Gerry Bean ... Jesse J. (as John Oliver)
Kate Robbins Kate Robbins ... Marion
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Since self-made immigrant Nico Podaras's death, widow Elenie runs his lucrative garage, with an illegal side business, generously using the profits to keep control of their three sons' lives. Simpleton Dan is happy to sire the crucial heir without hesitation to keep unruly, immature wife Charlene in line, but goes too far, so she absconds pregnant. Firstborn John gave up his dream, fishery, to work in the garage. When he marries Kathryn, she starts questioning and resisting Elenie's matriarchal manipulation, but bears her a grandson. The conflict escalates, leaving John torn between loyalties. Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kathryn See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Gastown)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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hoping its on DVD
27 June 2007 | by denisejones47See all my reviews

does anyone out there know if tyne Daley's film the perfect mother is out on DVD because i am having a hard time finding out if it is on DVD. they say its a good film and to watch it again, but u can't if its not on DVD . very slow of them if they haven't i certainly would buy one straight away. i cant wait to see it again i thought it was an excellent film but it should not be kept just as a TV film because that is just pants. i think it would do very well in the DVD shops please please someone tell whoever it concerns to put it on DVD its driving me mad as i want my family to see it as they cant understand why i'm making such a fuss about it, but tyne Daley is first class in this i don't think anyone else could have put the same mark on the film like she did. first class.


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