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A Mother's Instinct
Directed by Sam Pillsbury
Written by Norman Morrill
Starring Lindsay Wagner
Debrah Farentino
John Terry
Music by James McVay
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Matthew Williams
Editing by Sabrina Plisco
Distributed by CBS
Release date(s) United States March 13, 1996
Running time 88 min.
Country US
Language English

A Mother's Instinct is a 1996 made-for-television drama film directed by Sam Pillsbury and distributed on CBS. It was released on March 13, 1996 in the U.S. and August 18, 2000 in the U.K. It was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.


A former divorcé learns that her new husband's past includes an abandoned wife. After he disappears with his two sons, the two wives team up to find him.


  • Lindsay Wagner — Raeanne Gilbaine
  • Debrah Farentino — Holly Mitchell
  • John Terry — Carl Gibbons/Gilbaine
  • Lynne Thigpen — 'Mike' Wheelwright (as Lynn Thigpen)
  • Alana Austin — Amanda
  • Lee Norris — Jeremy/Joey
  • Andres Nichols — Ronald/Robby (as Andy Nichols)
  • Barbara Babcock — Mrs. Mitchell
  • Laura Robbins — Sheila
  • Alex Van — Bobby Mitchell
  • Mert Hatfield — Gerard Fudge
  • Pete Burris — Cop
  • Chris Daughtry — Richard Mitchell (Note: the Chris Daughtry listed here is not Chris Daughtry from American Idol Season 5)
  • Bob Hannah — Headmaster
  • Richard K. Olsen — Justice of the Peace
  • George Nannarello — Hal Bingham

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