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David's Mother

David's Mother
DVD cover
Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman
Produced by Julian Marks
Written by Bob Randall
Starring Kirstie Alley
Sam Waterston
Stockard Channing
Michael Goorjian
Chris Sarandon
Phylicia Rashad
Music by David Mansfield
Cinematography Walt Lloyd
Edited by Susan B. Browdy
Distributed by CBS
Hearst Entertainment Productions
Morgan Hill Films
Release dates
  • April 10, 1994 (1994-04-10)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

David's Mother is a 1994 American television film directed by Robert Allan Ackerman and stars Kirstie Alley as a devoted mother trying to cope with her autistic teenage son David (Michael Goorjian).[1] The film aired on CBS on April 10, 1994, it has also aired internationally. In the UK it can often be seen on television movie channels True Movies 1 and True Movies 2.[2] It has also been released in home entertainment formats in countries including the United States, UK and Australia.

The film has received several awards and nominations. Kirstie Alley and Michael Goorjian both received Emmy Awards for their roles in the film, Alley was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award.


Sally Goodson has always tried to do what is best for her autistic son David, always blaming herself for the way David is. Sally lives alone with David in a New York apartment and is often visited by her sister Bea (Stockard Channing), who tries to help Sally turn her life around by getting out a little more and giving David some space, but Sally rarely lets him out of her sight. In the end, it caused her husband Philip (Chris Sarandon) to have an affair, leave her and re-marry, and her daughter Susan to go to live with him, as they were tired of watching Sally being too over-protective with David.

Sally, having enough to cope with in her life, is visited by a social worker, Gladys Johnson (Phylicia Rashad), who informs her that David must go into a care home, but Sally refuses to send him to a home because of the way he was treated as a child in his previous care home. Gladys then gives her some time with David before she has to make arrangements. Bea manages to talk Sally round and sets her up on a date with wallpaper salesman John Nils (Sam Waterston); they begin to see each other, and he even teaches David to work a VCR, something Sally thought he could never do. Things go well until Sally makes plans to move when she is forced to give up David to a care home; her plans cause an argument between her and John, as she didn't tell him of the move. Sally is finally forced to give up David, as he is permanently taken in by the care home.


Awards and nominations


David's Mother has been released on VHS and DVD format. In the United States, the film received its DVD release on May 4, 2004 by Trinity Home Entertainment.[9] In the UK, the film has been released several times. The first VHS was released by Odyssey Entertainment[10] It was also released on VHS as part of a "Tear Jerker Collection". On DVD it was released by Odyssey Entertainment on September 25, 2000, which includes the trailer and cast information.[11] It was re-released on DVD by Infinity Entertainment on February 4, 2008.[12] In Australia, the film was released on DVD by Payless Entertainment on January 24, 2008.[13]


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  2. ^ "David's Mother". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Special 1994". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Special 1994". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Outstanding Writing In A Miniseries Or A Special 1994". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Past Winners - 90 Min.". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "TELEVISION - MOW'S and Mini-Series". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "David's Mother (1994)". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "David's Mother [VHS]". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "David's Mother [1993] [DVD]". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "David's Mother [1993] [DVD]". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "David's Mother". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 

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