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Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979)

A woman who left home 20 years ago under acrimonious circumstances finds out that she is terminally ill. She returns home and tries to rebuild her relationship with her embittered mother ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Bette Davis ... Lucy Mason
Gena Rowlands ... Abigail Mason
Ford Rainey ... Mr. Meecham
Donald Moffat ... Wally Ball
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Henry Blodgett
Royal Dano ... Mr. Willis
Kate Riehl Kate Riehl ... Mrs. Brighton
Krishan Timberlake Krishan Timberlake ... Louis Spencer
Renee McDonell Renee McDonell ... Joan Spencer
Sally Kemp ... Mildred Sloate
Don Fosse Don Fosse ... Bartender
Son Salo Son Salo ... Third Kid
John Zunino John Zunino ... Clerk
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A woman who left home 20 years ago under acrimonious circumstances finds out that she is terminally ill. She returns home and tries to rebuild her relationship with her embittered mother before she dies. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

13 May 1979 (USA) See more »

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Strangers See more »

Filming Locations:

Mendocino, California, USA

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Chris/Rose Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Bette Davis Offers a Post Graduate Acting Course and wins an Emmy in the Process...
28 December 2005 | by ijonesiiiSee all my reviews

STRANGERS: THE STORY OF A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER was a deeply moving 1979 TV movie that brought the divine Bette Davis to the small screen near the end of her career. Davis plays a cranky old woman who is totally thrown by the appearance of her daughter (Gene Rowlands)who has come to stay with her, despite the fact that they have been estranged for years. Davis' Lucy can't understand why Rowlands' Abigail now wants to have a relationship with her until it is revealed that Abigail is dying and wants to make peace with her mother. Bette Davis won an Emmy for her work in this well-written tearjerker but Rowlands is equally effective as a woman thrown a devastating curve in her life and realizes that she needs the mother she had forsaken so many years ago. Watching these two dance around reconnecting with each other is sometimes difficult to watch, but these two amazing actresses make this TV movie grand television.


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