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Superdad (1973)

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Charlie McCready is a worried father. His daughter, Wendy will be attending college in the fall, and he feels the crowd she's hanging out with has no ambition, especially her boyfriend, ... See full summary »

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Charlie McCready
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Bart
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Sue McCready
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Cyrus Hershberger
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Wendy McCready
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Klutch
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Ira Kushaw
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Stanley (as B. Kirby Jr.)
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Dr. Skinner on TV
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Rev. Griffith
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Mrs. Levin
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Roger Rhinehurst
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Justice of the Peace (as John Manning)
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Charlie McCready is a worried father. His daughter, Wendy will be attending college in the fall, and he feels the crowd she's hanging out with has no ambition, especially her boyfriend, Bart. He knows that Wendy's friends will all be attending the same college, so, he concocts a plan where Wendy will receive a scholarship to a different college. This college being the same one where his wife attended. All goes as planned. Wendy attends Huttington and sees less of her old crowd. Soon Charlie's plan backfires, Wendy discovers her fathers scholarship plan and becomes rebellious. When she starts dating a hippie artist, Charlie realizes he has made a big mistake and must do something before Wendy goes too far. Written by Kelly

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Young love takes the helm... and DAD FLIPS OUT! See more »

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February 1974 (USA)  »

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Dai papà... sei una forza!  »

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The film is referenced in Paul Schrader's Auto Focus (2002), his biopic about the life and death of lead actor Bob Crane. Greg Kinnear, who played Crane in the film, enacts a couple of the scenes from Superdad (1973). See more »

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During the water-ski scene, the Bruno Kirby character is filming Bob Crane's character. When they are watching the film in a later scene, it is simply the scene from the movie, complete with edits and slow motion effects instead of what the character would really have filmed. See more »

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College Students: [Chanting] Hershberger is HAMBURGER! Hershberger is HAMBURGER! Hershberger is HAMBURGER! Hershberger is HAMBURGER...
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Referenced in Death Wish (1974) See more »

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These Are The Best Times
Written by Shane Tatum
Performed by Bobby Goldsboro
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Interesting comic idea crushed by lame slapstick and smirky sentiment...
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Bob Crane, Kurt Russell, and a host of stable-players from the Disney studios struggle to inject some life into flaccid sentimental farce about a middle-aged California businessman who schemes to separate his college-age daughter from her beach-bum friends. A continuation of generation-gap ideas introduced earlier in "Take Her, She's Mine" and "The Impossible Years"--but this time without the political activism. Director Vincent McEveety, working from a script by his uncle, Joseph L. McEveety (also from Disney's stable), eschews any meaningful underpinnings for the sake of yahoo laughs, such as Crane attempting to water-ski (the gang records Dad's antics with a home-movie camera for posterity, managing to capture his clumsy moves from an array of different angles!). What can you say about a Disney picture the company itself didn't want to release? Crane, by this point, had developed a permanent bitter scowl on his face. His concerns about his daughter are understandable at first (and rather trenchant), but the McEveetys are too interested in maintaining the comic chaos, to which Crane's unflappable persona isn't well-suited. *1/2 from ****


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