What Maisie Knew

Synopsis: WHAT MAISIE KNEW is a contemporary New York City re-visioning of the Henry James novel by the same name, written by Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne. It revolves around unwitting 7-year-old Maisie, caught in the middle of a custody battle between her mother Suzanna, an aging rock star, and her father, Beale, a major art dealer. In a race to win the court's advantage, Beale marries Maisie's nanny Margo, prompting Suzanna in turn to marry friend and local bartender, Lincoln. Both forced into a battle neither wishes to be a part of, Margo and Lincoln come to empathize with Maisie's position and over time with one another's. Teased by the notion of making their own surrogate family, the trio must either submit to the will of Maisie's parents or eventually face their wrath.
Genre: Drama
Production: Millenium Entertainment
  3 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

You want to sleep

with Mommy tonight?

Mm-hm. In my bed?


You promise not to kick me?

I promise.

Yeah, okay.

Shall I sing to you? Yeah.



What song?

One of your songs.

Oh, well, sugar, those aren't really

meant to put people to sleep.

What did you sing me

when I was little?

Um, like, you know,

Rock-a-bye Baby.

That's for babies.


When the wind blows

The cradle will rock

When the bough breaks

The cradle will fall

Down will come baby

Cradle and all.

Are you sleepy?

A little.

Why don't you just close

your eyes and try, okay?

Okay.. Okay..

Close your eyes.

Close your eyes.

I'll help you fall asleep.

Rock-a-bye baby

On the tree top

When the wind blows

The cradle will rock

When the bough breaks

The cradle will fall

And down Will come baby

Cradle and all

Pizza man.


Hi. Can you sign this, please?


Wait for me.

Pizza man's here.

You haven't done anything!

You haven't had a creative

thought in your life.

What have you done in

the last five years?

How jealous you are.

I'm jealous?

There's your tip.


You're welcome.


I've.. I've done my mid-life crisis.

You should get on with yours.


You should get on with your mid-life crisis...

Don't talk to me about ...

You want to play Tic-tac-toe?


Why don't we eat outside?


Yes, go walk away.

Walk away like you always do.

Hey,... can I have some pizza?

S u r e.

Eh heh.

Mmm. Nice!


Look, I won.

Come on Maisie, you didn't let me play.

Oow... Look at me.

You're cheating.

Maisie, ...

do you ever wonder what

Margo thinks of us ...

behind that hauntingly calm exterior.

Okay. Enjoy!

Do you want to be "Xs" or "Os"?

Um, I want to be "Os".

The ants go marching one by one.

Hurrah, hurrah.

The ants go marching one by one.

The little one stops to suck his thumb.

You're a liar and a thief!

This is a colossal waste of time.

Fine, go!




Is that Daddy?

Shhh, go back to sleep.

Open the door!

Open the damn door!


Stop making that fucking noise!

They hate me in this building.

Oh, there you are!

At last.

Open the door!


Go away!

Open the door!


Open the fucking door!

Not this time!

I told you it would happen if you left!


Are you serious?

Yes, I'm serious.

It's my apartment.

Open the goddamn door!


You're a fucking headcase!

F*ck you!

Now, remember your soil

should be damp,

not soaked.

You father's here!

Maybe your dog died.

I don't have a dog.

Yah, well you're never gonna lose money ...

... on art, unless you overpay!

This is a good price. So, ...

what I need to know... if you aah...

if you want the paintings ...

... I need to know ASAP.

Let me just get rid of this call.

One second.

Here is this month's schedule.

We would prefer if you'd

wait the few extra minutes

until the end of the school day

so that we don't have to interrupt class.

Okay. Okay, ... I'll make sure ...

... that it doesn't happen again.

Listen, why don't you and me go and

get ourselves a nice double espresso?

With Mommy?

No, no, just you and me this time.

Eeh? Fun, huh?

Hey, so they're exemplary pieces ...

Are you kidding me! What were you going to do?

Take her to Argentina?

I'll call you back. People, just ...

do I need to get some help?

No. This is not a game, Beale.

Come on, baby.

Daddy's not going

to pick you up anymore.

I'm just going to pick you up, okay?

Are you okay?

It's okay. I'm only her father.

Wow, Pooh, you have

your own TV?

Yeah, we can watch it later.

Hey, cool. A little monkey.

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