Two Mothers for Zachary

Two Mothers for Zachary (1996)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1996-09-22
  • User Rating: 5.7/10 from 3 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 36min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Avenue Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
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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.

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  • Production Barbara Haberecht Production Designer
    Production Cary Brokaw Executive Producer
    Production Molly Lopata Casting
    Costume & Make-Up Nina Proctor Co-Costume Designer
    Sound Peter Rodgers Melnick Music
    Camera Neil Roach Director of Photography
    Costume & Make-Up Jill M. Ohanneson Costume Designer
    Directing Peter Werner Director
    Production Toni Cobb Brock Casting Associate
    Production Timothy Marx Producer
    Production Timothy Marx Unit Production Manager
    Editing Martin Nicholson Editor
    Sound David E. Fluhr Sound Re-Recording Mixer
    Sound Richard Taylor Supervising Sound Editor
    Writing Linda Voorhees Writer
    Production Randy Robinson Executive Producer
    Directing Vincent Palmo Jr. Second Assistant Director
    Camera Jimmy Lindsey First Assistant Camera
    Production Eric A. Williams Location Manager
    Production Holly Gent Production Supervisor
    Editing Tony Kadell Associate Editor
    Sound David A. Smith Boom Operator
    Sound Elmo Ponsdomenech Sound Re-Recording Mixer
    Sound Don Digirolamo Sound Re-Recording Mixer
    Crew Cecil D. Evans Transportation Coordinator
    Costume & Make-Up Kelly Nelson Hairstylist
    Lighting Jon H. Lewis Gaffer
    Directing Patricia A. Fullerton Script Supervisor
    Production Karen Ruth Getchell Production Coordinator
    Production Barbara Brinkley Casting
    Art Craig Byrom Art Direction
    Art Byron Scott Thomas Property Master
    Production Kerri Smeltzer Production Assistant
    Directing Katy Emde First Assistant Director
    Costume & Make-Up Gigi Coker Key Makeup Artist
    Camera Ferrell A. Shinnick Key Grip
    Production Brad Uecker Production Accountant
    Production Tom Kageff Associate Producer
    Crew Susan Abrams Post Production Supervisor
    Camera Anthony Martin Second Assistant Camera
    Sound Jennifer Murphy Location Sound Mixer
    Art Jenny C. Patrick Set Decoration
    Art Michael Leonard Leadman
    Art John V. Burson Construction Coordinator
    Crew Harry Thompson Dialect Coach
    Sound Ed Kalnins Musician
    Production Dara A. Gray Extras Casting
    Crew Ronald D. Chambers Transportation Captain
    Production Jonathan Hennessey Production Assistant
    Production Martha Waters Production Assistant
    Production Marlene O. Nichols Production Assistant