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I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

GP | | Drama | 1970 (UK)
A man who wants to move on with his life by moving to California and marry his girlfriend, finds it difficult as he still lives in the towering shadow of his aging father.



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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Stickney ...
Elizabeth Hubbard ...
Lovelady Powell ...
Daniel Keyes ...
Jon Richards ...
Nikki Counselman ...
Carol Peterson ...
1st Nurse
Sloane Shelton ...
2nd Nurse
Old Age Home Director
Gene Williams ...
State Hospital Director


Hackman plays a New York professor who wants a change in his life, and plans to get married to his girlfriend and move to California. His mother understands his need to get away, but warns him that moving so far away could be hard on his father. Just before the wedding, the mother dies. Hackman's sister (who has been disowned by their father for marrying a Jewish man) advises him to live his own life, and not let himself be controlled by their father. Written by Kristian Krokfoss <krokus@online.no>

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This was Dorothy Stickney's last feature film role. See more »


Margaret Garrison: Look how he walks. Like a brigadier general. He may not always remember where he is going, but he always goes there with a firm step.
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Referenced in Family Ties: I Never Killed for My Father (1982) See more »


Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Sung by Roy Clark
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Marvelous script and great performances by the leads make this an excellent film
16 August 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out and I remember it vividly from over thirty years later. I recently saw it again, expecting the passage of time to have dimmed my fondness for it somewhat. It was just as wonderful as I remembered it, but I understood things at the age of 39 that I did not at ten. Melvyn Douglas and Gene Hackman deservedly got Oscar nominations for their splendid work here. There is also a marvelous script, also nominated for an Oscar. I expect I will remember the last line until I die. Most Highly Recommended

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