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Not Without My Daughter (1991)

An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.

Not Without My Daughter (1991)

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (5 votes, average: 3.60 out of 5)


Released Year: 1991
Runtime: 116 minutes
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Directors: Brian Gilbert


An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.



The Associated Press - Bob Thomas
Central to the effectiveness of the film is the performance of Sally Field as Betty. She is magnificent. No star is more proficient at portraying the American woman beset by woes not of her own making. In her unadorned face are reflected the compassion, the sense of betrayal, the suffering, the maternal love and the gumption to escape her bondage. [07 Jan 1991]
Boston Globe - Matthew Gilbert
Not Without My Daughter creeps up on you like an icy chill. Not since Midnight Express in 1978 has imprisonment in a foreign country been so alarmingly and intimately conveyed on film. [11 Jan 1991, p.69]
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Here is a perplexing and frustrating film, which works with great skill to involve our emotions, while at the same time making moral and racial assertions that are deeply troubling.
Variety - Unnamed
Sally Field has the stage to herself to engage the audience’s sympathy, and this she does with an earnest, suitably emotional performance as a rather typically sincere, middle-class American.
Washington Post - Rita Kempley
This real-life case of Misery sets your teeth on edge, your blood boiling, your adrenaline surging with the subtlety of a World War II propaganda film.

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