Director: Richard Benjamin
Tagline: This is our mother. Pray for us.
Production Companies: MGM, A Nicita/Lloyd/Palmer Production
Cast: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Michael Schoeffling, Christina Ricci, Caroline McWilliams, Jan Miner, Betsy Townsend, Dossy Peabody
Writers: Patty Dann, June Roberts
Produced by: Lauren Lloyd, Wallis Nicita, Patrick J. Palmer, Suzanne Rothbaum
Original Music by: Jack Nitzsche
Cinematography by: Howard Atherton
Film Editing by: Jacqueline Cambas
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Runtime: 110 min
14 December 1990 - USA
28 February 1991 - Argentina
March 1991 - Brazil
26 April 1991 - Finland
3 May 1991 - Sweden
15 May 1991 - France
16 May 1991 - Australia
24 May 1991 - UK
30 May 1991 - Germany
14 June 1991 - Netherlands
Trailers: trailer (Flash) www.trailerfan.com
Official site: MGM
Opening Weekend: $3,514,678 (USA)
US Gross: $35 419 397
Filming Dates: 25 September 1989 - 20 December 1989
After yet another failed relationship, Mrs. Flax (Cher) ups her family to the east coast to start all over again. Reluctantly dragged along with her is her daughter Charlotte - going through a very confusing time of her life - who wants to become a nun, and instead falls in love with a quiet, mild-mannered church employee, to the mixed response of her mother. Set at around the time of the Kennedy Assassination.
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- The role of Charlotte initially went to Emily Lloyd, who went to receive $435,000 and 2.5% of the net profits from the film. When Cher complained that the fair-haired Lloyd could not look like her daughter, she was cast out of the film and replaced by Winona Ryder. Lloyd then sued Orion Pictures Corporation and Mermaid Productions, reaching a settlement on the second day of the trial, 30 July 1991.
- Emily Lloyd had actually started shooting when Winona Ryder became available and Lloyd was unceremoniously dumped. (She later won a sizeable cash settlement from the production company for being booted off the film). Original director Frank Oz was also replaced, reputedly at Cher's insistence.
- In the scene where Charlotte and her mother fight about Kate's accident, Charlotte gets angry and breaks a plate. The scene ends with her mother slapping her in the face after a rude comment. The exact same things happened in Cher's film Mask (1985).
- This was to be the American film debut for director Lasse Hallström, until he repeatedly clashed with lead actress Cher and was replaced first by Frank Oz and then by 'Richard Benjamin'.
- Christina Ricci's debut.
Charlotte Flax: I want to
Rachel Flax: Who's that?
Rachel Flax: Charlotte, I know you're planning a celibate life, but with half my chromosomes, I think that might be tough.
Rachel Flax: Alright, you know what? I'll make you a deal. You stop being a little bitch for, let's say, oh, I don't know, an hour or two, and I won't knock the religion of your choice for a week.
is praying at a shrine she has made in her room to the Virgin Mary]
Rachel Flax: One thing you can rely on about your father: He can't be relied on.
Rachel Flax: Don't do anything I wouldn't do! Or don't do anything I would!
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