The Impossible Years (1968)

G  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 December 1968 (USA)
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The eldest daughter of a Professor of Psychology at a large conservative university causes havoc, and great embarrassment, for her father with her free-willed and uninhibited lifestyle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Kingsley
Alice Kingsley
Richard Merrick
Ozzie Nelson ...
Dr. Herbert Fleischer
Linda Kingsley
Jeff Cooper ...
Bartholmew Smuts
John Harding ...
Dean Harvey Rockwell
Rich Chalet ...
Freddie Fleischer
Andy McClaine
Darleen Carr ...
Abbey Kingsley
Dr. Elliot Fish
Louise Lorimer ...
Mrs. Celia Fish
Karen Norris ...
Mrs. Rockwell
Miss Hammer
Trudi Ames ...


The eldest daughter of a Professor of Psychology at a large conservative university causes havoc, and great embarrassment, for her father with her free-willed and uninhibited lifestyle.

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5 December 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Minha Filha é Um Problema  »

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Abbey (Darleen Carr) sits on the stairs to watch the confrontation between her father and the three boys he plans to question about their relationship with her sister. Her mother orders her out to the pool, and just as she does so, the shadow of the boom microphone passes over the banister behind Abbey. See more »


Referenced in Home & Family: Episode dated 15 February 2013 (2013) See more »


The Impossible Years
Words and Music by The Tokens
Sung by The Cowsills
Courtesy of MGM Records
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Protesting with The Cowsills
28 September 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

College psychiatry professor David Niven (as Jonathan Kingsley) and wife Lola Albright (as Alice) are shocked when beautiful 17-year-old daughter Cristina Ferrare (as Linda) is arrested at a campus protest. She is charged with disturbing the peace, inciting to riot, resisting arrest, and unlawful assembly on university property. Ms. Ferrare is also caught carrying a picket sign with an unsavory word written on its backside. She claims to have never turned the sign around to see the naughty word - an impossible plot detail, unless she's lying. Ferrare also smokes cigarettes, gets caught speeding, and keeps a messy room.

"The Impossible Years" comes across like it's daring to fight "the sexual revolution" along the "generation gap" front. But, like many 1960s sex comedies, nothing really untoward actually happens. It's a smoke and mirrors story with a good cast - including highly likable supporting TV stars Chad Everett and Ozzie Nelson. Near legendary photographer William Daniels and director Michael Gordon do a good job with the limited sets. Since Mr. Gordon is the grandfather of accomplished actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, you've got to wonder if, eventually, everyone in movies will be proved related.

The "picket sign" title sequence is nicely done, and features a catchy title song sung by The Cowsills. The tune was finally released on the underrated group's 1994 CD reissue of their first LP "The Cowsills"; previously, "The Impossible Years" was hidden away on a 45 RPM B-side. After the opening, you can stick around for beautiful bikini-clad Ferrare and her young friends. The comedy is dated, innocent, and not so funny, except for an occasional line; it's interesting to hear "I'm glad they passed Medicare!" was once a way to irk the family doctor.

***** The Impossible Years (9/13/68) Michael Gordon ~ David Niven, Cristina Ferrare, Lola Albright, Chad Everett

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