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Film poster
Directed by Albert Brooks
Produced by Herb Nanas
Scott Rudin
Written by Albert Brooks
Monica Mcgowan Johnson
Starring Albert Brooks
Debbie Reynolds
Rob Morrow
Lisa Kudrow
John C. McGinley
Music by Marc Shaiman
Cinematography Lajos Koltai
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) December 27, 1996 (limited)
January 24, 1997 (wide)
Running time 104 min.
Country US
Language English

Mother is a 1996 movie directed and written by Albert Brooks, and starring Brooks and Debbie Reynolds.


The Story

John Henderson (Albert Brooks) is a successful science fiction writer finalizing his second divorce, given that he has a critical and neurotic personality. Perplexed at the issues he has with women, John decides to initiate a project to understand women better: moving in with his mother (Debbie Reynolds). "Mother" (1996) was filmed on location in and around the town of Sausalito, Greenbrae, and Tiburon areas with additional shooting in San Francisco in Northern California.


Albert Brooks wanted a famous actress from the 1950s to play the role of Mother, and originally offered the role to retired actresses Nancy Reagan and Doris Day. Day refused. Reagan loved the script and considered coming out of retirement for her first acting role in more than 40 years, but decided instead to stay home and care for her husband, Ronald Reagan, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Brooks then asked his good friend Carrie Fisher if he could send the script to her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds happily accepted the part.


Mother became the highest-grossing Brooks-directed film to date, with a total of $19 million earned at the box-office.[1] It also won the most awards of the films which Brooks has directed. Brooks and co-writer Monica Mcgowan Johnson won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay. Debbie Reynolds won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.


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