IMDb > I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
I Never Sang for My Father
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

I Never Sang for My Father (1970) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 3 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.4/10   1,284 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 46% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Robert Anderson (play)
Robert Anderson (screenplay)
Contact:
View company contact information for I Never Sang for My Father on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
22 November 1971 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(16 articles)
R.I.P. Conrad Bain
 (From Deadline TV. 16 January 2013, 11:20 AM, PST)

Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones
 (From Alt Film Guide. 8 April 2012, 11:48 PM, PDT)

Emma Thompson/Holly Hunter Double Oscar Nominations Meaning
 (From Alt Film Guide. 4 April 2012, 5:08 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Amazing See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Melvyn Douglas ... Tom Garrison

Gene Hackman ... Gene Garrison
Dorothy Stickney ... Margaret Garrison

Estelle Parsons ... Alice
Elizabeth Hubbard ... Dr. Peggy Thayer
Lovelady Powell ... Norma
Daniel Keyes ... Dr. Mayberry

Conrad Bain ... Rev. Sam Pell
Jon Richards ... Marvin Scott
Nikki Counselman ... Waitress
Carol Peterson ... Nurse #1
Sloane Shelton ... Nurse #2

James Karen ... Mr. Tucker (old age home director)
Gene Williams ... Dr. Jensen (state hospital director)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Dexter ... Hostess (uncredited)
Valerie Ogden ... Nurse #3 (uncredited)
Beverly Penberthy ... Special nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Gilbert Cates 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Anderson  play
Robert Anderson  screenplay

Produced by
Gilbert Cates .... producer
 
Original Music by
Al Gorgoni 
Barry Mann 
 
Cinematography by
Morris Hartzband 
George Stoetzel 
 
Film Editing by
Angelo Ross 
 
Casting by
Tom Ward 
 
Art Direction by
Hank Aldrich 
 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge 
 
Makeup Department
John Alese .... makeup artist
Philip Leto .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... unit production manager
George Goodman .... production manager
Everett Rosenthal .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Panesoff .... first assistant director
Allan Wertheim .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Sante Fiore .... master scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Nathan Boxer .... boom operator
Charles Federmack .... sound mixer
Stanley Mittledorf .... sound recordist
Walter Nolan .... sound effects editor
James Sabat .... sound recordist
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Samuel Dinen .... still photographer (as Sam Dinin)
Jamie Jacobson .... second assistant camera
Morton Novak .... gaffer
Fred Porrett .... camera operator
Albert Taffet .... camera operator
Felix Trimboli .... first assistant camera
Robert M. Volpe .... key grip
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne David .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Peet Begley .... assistant film editor
 
Other crew
Janise Bogard .... assistant to producer
Bert Gold .... title designer
Shirley Marcus .... production secretary
Peter L. Skolnik .... assistant to producer
Renata Stoia .... script supervisor
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
92 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Netherlands:AL (2010) (DVD) | Sweden:Btl | UK:A | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:12 (video)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Richard Widmark was playwright Robert Anderson's first choice for the son role in both the theatrical and film versions of the play. One proposal had Fredric March as the father, another had it as a TV special with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as the parents.See more »
Quotes:
Gene Garrison:I hate him. And I hate to hate him.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
StrangersSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Amazing, 7 April 2006
Author: practicepiano from United States

I find myself recommending this movie to people all the time. It is such a clear picture of the challenges faced by anyone trying to help an aging parent.

But there is another aspect to it that I love. It is one of the few serious films I've seen that shows the effect of a character being viewed as the salt of the earth, heroic and charming by outsiders, but who is nasty, judgmental and selfish with his own family. Whatever has happened due to Douglas' character aging and beginning to lose his mental faculties, you know that this particular pain has been part of his children's lives forever.

Such a relationship is always difficult -- it is especially so with an older relative who has truly done heroic things, and who is respected and loved even by those he abuses. It puts everyone who knows his darker side in a bizarre and awkward position, seeming like villains for ever saying a word against a much-admired person.

This movie captures the agony and poignancy of such a relationship perfectly, and shows the various levels of maturity with which one's family can choose to respond. The character's daughter needs to stay away, his son takes it with a grain of salt, as evidenced by his wry smile and mild answer when his fiancée finds his father "charming." This is a must-see film, for more reasons than I can list here.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (24 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Last Scene mguevarra61-1
Powerful & realistic fbm72751
Script? nauval
Other issues besides parent-child practicepiano
Straightforward, honesty filmmaking onegreendress
Great Line Blondfashionisto
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Terms of Endearment Love Actually Before the Devil Knows You're Dead The Savages The Wild McCullochs
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.