You'll Like My Mother

Synopsis: Francesa Kinsolving, a very pregnant widow whose husband was rescently killed in action in Vietnam, travels to visit her late husband's mother in a snowy Minnesota town only to get snowed in during a fierce blizard where she's forced to wait it out only to slowly uncover some terrible dark secrets that Mrs. Kinsolving has been hiding, one of them is her psychotic other son, a recent escapee from a lunatic asylum, who is shacked up in the basement of the house.
Director(s): Lamont Johnson
Production: Universal
92 min



Come on up front.

The heater's warmer.

Yeah, it's my uncle's bus.

I just drive it when I'm broke.

It gives me a chance to figure out

what I really wanna do in life,

you know?

Uncle Sam, the army,

has a way of leaving you

in that type of confusion.

Yeah, I know.

My husband was in the army.

- He didn't like it much either.

- Yeah? Is he out now?

He's dead.

He was killed seven months ago

in a plane crash.

- I'm sorry.

- Me too.

Well, you're certainly not dressed

for a Minnesota winter.

I keep forgetting how cold it gets

every place but Los Angeles.


Well, I tell you what.

If you're gonna stick around here

very long,

you're gonna need

some warmer clothes.

Both of you.

Well, I'm not really expecting

to stay very long.

I don't know. I may even go back

on the bus tonight.


That hardly seems

worth the trip up here.

What, are you visiting,

some people up here or something?

My husband's mother.

Yeah? What's her name?

Maybe I know her.

Maria Kinsolving.



Yeah, I know the Kingsolvings.

Everybody around here

knows the Kingsolvings.

They've lived over in Rosemont

since anyone can remember.

Sure, the Kingsolving estate.

I've been on busses

so long, nothing helps.

You look fine.

- What damn glow?

- What's that?

Pregnant women

are supposed to glow.

Hey, that snow storm's

moving in pretty fast.

You got someone meeting you?


Well, how the hell are you gonna get

to the Kinsolving place?

I'll be right with you, folks.

Thank you.

- Where's Pete?

- He don't work here no more.

I'm with this young lady.

She has to get out

to the Kinsolving place.

Do you know anybody

going that way?

Well, not right off, no.

That's okay. I can get a cab.

No, ma'am, there ain't none.

It's about five or six miles

off the highway.

The bread man's due here

in about 20 minutes.

He can probably take you

as far as their private road.


All right. Damn it, I got to go.

You make sure she gets that ride,


- Sure.

- Thanks for everything...?

- Red.

- Red. Thanks again.

You bet.

It's just part of the service, ma'am.

Besides, you're just so damn little.

This way. See you tonight maybe.

- Tonight?

- Yeah.

If you take that bus back to Duluth,

like you think you might, it's my run.

Yeah, right.


Did you know Mrs. Kinsolving's son?

It's gonna be a long walk

up their private road

if the bread man won't take you

all the way to the house.

Well, could I leave

my suitcase here, then?

I'll pick it up tonight

one way or the other.


I'll just put it right here

behind the counter.


No, no. This'll do fine.

Thank you very much.

Just stay on the road.

You can't miss it.

- Okay. Thanks again.

- You're welcome.

- Bye.

- Bye.

Mrs. Kinsolving?


Kathleen, please.

I'm Francesca.


You've come at a bad time, I'm afraid.

It was necessary

to drown some kittens,

and poor Kathleen

is quite upset about it.

She'd hidden one of the litter.

I followed the mother cat.


Kathleen. Darling.

Look at this child.

Would you believe she starts the day

with every hair in place?


- Is she -?

- Feeble minded?


Or do you mean, "Who is she?"

She's Matthew's sister, of course.

You've made it just in time.

I'm afraid it's beginning

to snow quite heavily.

It's really beautiful.

Only to look at, I'm afraid.

Far too dangerous for walking.

However did you manage it?

The bus. Then I caught a lift.

Then you've asked and received

all the family background

from the locals.

- No. I just about...

- Do you want a cigarette?

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Jo Heims

Joyce "Jo" Heims (January 15, 1930 – April 22, 1978) was an American screenwriter best known for her collaborations with actor-director Clint Eastwood. Born in Philadelphia, Heims moved out to the US west coast in early adulthood. She worked various jobs before starting a career writing for film and television during the 1960s. In addition to co-writing the story for Eastwood's role in Dirty Harry, Heims drafted the screenplay for Play Misty for Me, which served as Eastwood's own directorial debut in 1971. Heims continued to screenwrite throughout the decade before dying of breast cancer in 1978. more…

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