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Mary and Martha

1st March 2013
1h 30m
Phillip Noyce
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Mary and Martha is a 2013 Drama film released on 1st March; Phillip Noyce directed the film which stars Hilary Swank, Frank Grillo, and Brenda Blethyn.


Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. After his funeral at home Mary feels a compulsion to return to Africa where she meets English woman Martha O'Connell,whose 24 year old son Ben, a teacher with voluntary service overseas,has also died of malaria. Ben gave his net to one of his pupils,believing adults cannot catch malaria. The two women are shocked to see the high death rate caused by the disease and,whilst Martha stays in Africa as a voluntary helper,Mary petitions the American government to change things. Martha turns up at Mary's house unannounced and,helped by Mary's ex-diplomat father,they address a senate committee on health spending,persuading them to do more to combat malaria. They meet with some success though a coda states that much more can be done.

Genres & Themes

Cast (8)

Hilary Swank's profile Hilary Swank
Age at Filming ≈ 38
Frank Grillo's profile Frank Grillo
Age at Filming ≈ 47
Brenda Blethyn's profile Brenda Blethyn
Age at Filming ≈ 66
James Woods's profile James Woods
Age at Filming ≈ 65
Sam Claflin's profile Sam Claflin
Age at Filming ≈ 26

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Production Companies

Working Title Television

Mary and Martha FAQ

When was Mary and Martha released?

Mary and Martha was released 11 years ago, on Friday March 1st, 2013.

Is Mary and Martha on Netflix?

No, Mary and Martha is not currently available on Netflix in the United States

Is Mary and Martha on Amazon Prime?

No, Mary and Martha is not currently available on Amazon Prime in the United States

Is Mary and Martha on Disney Plus?

No, Mary and Martha is not currently available on Disney+ in the United States