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|Not Without My Daughter|
Actors: Sally Field, Alfred Molina, Sheila Rosenthal, Roshan Seth, Sarah Badel
Director: Brian Gilbert
Two-time OscarĀ(r) winner* Sally Field adds another powerful acting triumph to her gallery of great roles in the suspense thriller Not Without My Daughter, a riveting true story of terror and escape. Betty has come to the... more »
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Ivy J. (bookbean)
Reviewed on 4/18/2009...
This movie is POWERFUL!
I had read the book and it was one of the best books I've ever read. It's a true story of an American woman who marries an Iranian man and has a daughter in America. He takes them to Iran and holds them hostage there. You have to see it to believe it. It's riveting. I don't think I blinked or breathed through the whole movie.
My husband didn't want to watch it at first because he thought it was a "girl" movie but he was glued to it also and afterwards all he could say was "Wow!".
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
The truth laid bare....
Daniel H. Yeary | Versailles, KY USA | 01/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You'll have to laugh at the fact that this movie is precisely the type of thing Hollywood wouldn't make now for any amount of money. It wouldn't be any less true, of course, but it wouldn't be 'tolerant' to report these abuses that any educated person already knew about anyway. Take a peek into a twisted culture that treats women little better than caged animals. Absolutely vile, inexcusable behavior no matter how hard some may try to spin it away. 'Tolerance' is not a burden on our part when human rights are being trampled on like this....the burden of tolerance is squarely on Middle Eastern culture and anyone who says otherwise is pushing an agenda that leads to accepting what this story shows. That this woman had to endure this and come back here and have some belittle this story as fabricated is indescribably cruel as well as knowingly false. A brave woman who, by her own innocence, walked into a nest of ignorance and callousness and came out the other end to warn you."
An engaging, forthright movie
J. Houzet | Chicago, IL | 04/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Strangely enough, this was one of those movies I thought was "ho-hum, boring, a chick-flick" at the time it was released back in 1990. Seeing it later made me change my mind. It is the engaging true story of a woman who suffers abuse at the hands of her husband, but who is ultimately a survivor and even a warrior. Man, do you end up cheering for her. The added dimension is that the abuse she suffers is condoned by the country and political-religious system in which she was living at the time - Shi'ite Iran.
I believe this is a very true depiction of life for a woman in fundamentalist Muslim cultures, especially a western woman who is not used to submitting to oppressive cultural and marital demands. Wearing a burqa was the least of Betty Mahmoody's troubles - her husband, who initially appeared tolerant and even westernized while he was living in America, changes into a control freak when he returns to Iran with his wife and young daughter. I felt some sympathy for the husband due to the fact he appears initially reluctant to dominate Betty in the way his family and culture expects, but he was either fooling us all along, or he was very weak-minded and completely unfaithful to his vows to love and honor his wife by treating Betty so viciously.
Betty is at first incredulous about her husband's expectations, but when he starts beating her she learns to be docile while planning an escape for her and her daughter. It was amazing to see in the family situations how Iranian women are so indoctrinated by their culture that they too become oppressors, of other women and anyone who is not being Islamic enough.
Fortunately there are other heroes in this story besides Betty - Iranian dissidents who help her plan and execute an escape, at great risk to their own lives."
This movie was true and I lived it
Alejandra Vernon | 11/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To all of you people who have called this movie ridiculous...You live it and then tell us how ridiculous it is. Not only did I go through this with my mother when I was a child, but I unfortunately returned to live in the Middle East 15 years after she got me out and my father, again, tried to keep me there against my will. I have lived in a world you will hopefully never have to live in. So, please don't ever say it's not 'real'."