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This fact-based TV movie takes place in Richmond, Virginia, the home of single mother Jody Shaffell. Appalled by the fact that Jody has come out of the closet and is living in an openly gay relationship with her female lover, Jody's mother Nancy sues to gain custody of her grandson Zachary. A homophobic judge arranges for Zachary to be taken out of Jody's home, whereupon Nancy sets about to thoroughly wipe her grandson's memory clean of his previous "immoral" lifestyle--even unto demanding that the boy refer to her as Momma. The film's script is careful to weigh both sides of the argument equally, demonstrating that for most of her life, Jody was hardly a paragon of responsible motherhood, having supped full of booze and promiscuity before realizing she was gay and promptly cleaning herself up; nor is Nancy depicted as a cold-hearted villain, merely a concerned grandmother who wants what she thinks is best for Zachary.

  1. Peter Werner

    Director

  2. Linda Voorhees

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Valerie Bertinelli

    Valerie Bertinelli

  2. Vanessa Redgrave

    Vanessa Redgrave

  3. Colleen Flynn

    Colleen Flynn

  4. James Gammon

    James Gammon

  5. Michael Marich

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Two Mothers for Zachary

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Status Released

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  • September 22, 1996
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 36m

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