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David's Mother [1993] [DVD]

Sam Waterston , Stockard Channing , Robert Allan Ackerman    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sam Waterston, Stockard Channing, Chris Sarandon, Kirstie Alley, Phylicia Rashad
  • Directors: Robert Allan Ackerman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Infinity
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00129XQ7C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The true story of Sally Goodman (Kirstie Alley), a single mother whose single-minded dedication to caring for her brain-damaged son David has left her isolated from all those around her. When David turns sixteen the value of this devotion is brought into question, it becoming increasingly clear that Sally is just as dependent upon David as he is on her. The authorities want to put David in care, but what will be left of Sally's life without him?

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autism-A Mother's Lesson On Tunnel Vision 5 Sep 2004
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This film examines and sensitively explores a mother's relationship with her autistic son,and how that Mother-Son relationship has become primary and also unknown to her has unintentionally limited David's capacity for change and development by her smothering care.The relationship for the mother played by Kirstie Alley has in several ways primacy even over the relationship she has with her husband,and eventually another possible partnerand external social workers.For her it is a learning curve experience and for someone like myself who has a son with Aspberger Syndrome it was gripping stuff and extremely relevant and worth watching again for the discrete if essential lessons it teaches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive and thought-provoking film 13 Mar 2011
I should start this review by saying that I know next-to-nothing about autism. Despite that I thought that Michael A. Goorjian gave a remarkably convincing performance as David. Kirsty Alley plays Sally, a mother who has given up almost everything, her husband, her relationship with her daughter and her social life to look after her son. She is visited by a representative from Children's Protection who states that David must be enrolled into some sort of "educational" programme. If his mother doesn't conmply David will be taken into care. The reason I gave the film four stars rather than five is that I found this a little confusing as it wasn't properly explained. Apart from the fact that Sally chain smokes around her son (not surprising given the stress she is under), his mother was devoted to his care. She was just exhausted and they had fallen into a routine of doing a spot of grocery shopping then watching films all afteroon - the same films over and over again - in their nicotine stained, grotty apartment. David had been traumatised on previous "programmes" and Sally is reluctant to let outsiders into their lives . They are both stuck in a rut and it takes a new persepective from a potential suitor to make Sally reconsider. Stockard Channing is fabulous as Sally's sister and there is a real connection between the two women on screen. I believe this was a TV movie but don't let that put you off, it really gives some insight into the tough choices some parents are forced to make on a daily basis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars David's Mother 23 Jun 2005
What a great film!!! Im a mum of an autistic boy Thomas he is such a joy !! and you can see why in this film she gets so wrapped up in caring for him. a great performance by Kirsty Ally
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