Universal City Studios, Inc.; MCA Home Video
"Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft star in this taut, emotional study about a mother's attempt to stop her distraught daughter from committing suicide. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by author Martha Norman, the moving production casts Spacek as an epileptic with a failed marriage and a delinquent son who decides to take control the only way she can- by taking her own life. Bancroft, as the widowed mother with whom she lives, is oblivious to her daughter's depression until she becomes frightfully aware of her plans. The give and take between Spacek and Bancroft makes for a searing family drama which brings to surface all the love, resentment and understanding that exists between every parent and child." [description taken from cassette box]
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