Not Without My Daughter (1991)

In 1984, Betty Mahmoody's husband took his wife and daughter to meet his family in Iran. He swore they would be safe. They would be happy. They would be free to leave. He lied.

Blu-ray, 1h 56min
Rating: 6.3
Votes: 11765
Languages: English, Persian, Assyrian Neo-Aramaic
Country: USA
Director: Brian Gilbert

Plot outline

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

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Plots

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

"Moody" is an Iranian doctor living in America with his American wife Betty and their child Mahtob. Wanting to see his homeland again, he convinces his wife to take a short holiday there with him and Mahtob. Betty is reluctant, as Iran is not a pleasant place, especially if you are American and female. Upon arrival in Iran, it appears that her worst fears are realized: Moody declares that they will be living there from now on. Betty is determined to escape from Iran, but taking her daughter with her presents a larger problem. - Murray Chapman

Betty Mahmoody is an American housewife living in America with her daughter and Iranian husband "Moody". Moody is very anxious to return to his homeland again, and wants to take his wife and daughter to Iran for a two week vacation. Betty expresses her doubts, but Moody assures her they would be fine, happy, and free to return anytime they want. But unfortunately, Betty's worst nightmare comes true as he has lied to her. Within time, Moody becomes more belligerent and abusive towards his wife and daughter, taking advantage of the Iranian laws. If Betty divorces Moody, he'll get full custody of their daughter, and her only salvation to return home is to escape with her daughter out of Iran. - Emphinix