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I Never Sang for My Father
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Director:
Writers:
Robert Anderson (play)
Robert Anderson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 November 1971 (Sweden) See more »
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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
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Emma Thompson/Holly Hunter Double Oscar Nominations Meaning
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User Reviews:
Worrisome and moving film about father-son relationship. See more (24 total) »

Cast

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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
 

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

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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 »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Worrisome and moving film about father-son relationship., 2 September 2006
Author: Deusvolt from United States

I saw this movie as a very young man with a father who was growing very old. Even then it worried me as it reminded me of my relationship with my own father who had complained that we weren't spending as much time together as in my boyhood. Remembering this film now with three grown sons makes me wonder if they suffer from the same contradictory feelings I had for my father at their ages.

And this is exactly what makes this film great. It essays the human condition in its stark reality.

Quite frankly I wouldn't have seen this film if I didn't know Gene Hackman from his French Connection series. Oh, I knew it would be some kind of very talky drama but just the same I wanted to see how he would do in such a story. He did very well.

If you are curious about the title see my question in the discussion board and the compleat answer by Cassandra.

If you like themes like this see also Death of a Salesman (the version with Frederic March) and Nothing in Common (Tom Hanks).

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