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Mother Knows Best (1997)

TV-PG | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 13 April 1997
A woman urges her daughter to get married. And when her daughter does, she doesn't think that she made a good choice. So she goes out and hires a killer to kill her son-in-law.

Director:

Larry Shaw
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Kerns ... Celeste Cooper
Christine Elise ... Laurel Cooper Rogers
Grant Show ... Ted Rogers
Jessica Walter ... Joan
Sherman Augustus ... Dale Cutler
David Spielberg ... George Cooper
Kristen Dalton ... Lynn
Jeanette O'Connor Jeanette O'Connor ... Harriet Rogers
Michael Covert Michael Covert ... Burt Willis
Eric Robertson Eric Robertson ... Michael
Annabelle Weenick ... Aide
Giselle Fernandez ... Newscaster
Jeff Olson ... Minister
Alan Gregory Alan Gregory ... IRS Supervisor
Douglas Caputo Douglas Caputo ... Frank
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A woman urges her daughter to get married. And when her daughter does, she doesn't think that she made a good choice. So she goes out and hires a killer to kill her son-in-law.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falso asesinato See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[last lines]
Celeste Cooper: [with the reporters] Laurel?
[Laurel glares at her]
Celeste Cooper: It's not too late to tell them, sweetheart. Tell them, Laurel. Tell them I did it all for you.
Laurel Cooper Rogers: [bows her head down in anger] Goodbye, mother.
Celeste Cooper: [leaves with the reporters] That's okay, she's just confused. When this is over, she'll know that I was right, and everything will be back to normal. Everything will be normal again.
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A cut above the usual Lifetime fare, but what is that really saying?
13 May 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This is a surprisingly okay film that I caught on Lifetime - okay and Lifetime with regard to movies is usually a contradiction in terms, but not this time. Well-cast and directed with a light touch by Larry Shaw, as well as a halfway decent script, "Mother Knows Best" is both entertaining and absorbing.

Based on a true story, the beautiful and talented Joanna Kerns plays Celeste Cooper, a socialite who doesn't like her daughter's husband. He's an auto mechanic instead of a doctor. So she hires someone to kill him. "I want him shot in the head," she instructs the hit-man.

Kerns really elevates this film with her glamor and no-nonsense line deliveries. She approaches the hit as if she's arranging for a catering job. Christine Elise is her daughter and Grant Show her husband, and both are appealing. David Spielberg is Celeste's henpecked husband. Watching his daughter from afar on her wedding day, he cries and says to Celeste, "She reminds me of you the day we were married." "Shut up, George," his wife says.

Good.


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