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A white corporate executive is surprised to discover that he has a black teen-age son who can't wait to be adopted into the, almost-exclusively-white community of, San Marino, California.

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Cast

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Walter Whitney
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Vivian Whitney
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Nelson Longhurst
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Victor Bard
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Bob Garvey
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Tubby Wederholt
Vicky Dawson ...
Mary Ann
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Dr. Bristol
Vernon Weddle ...
Wardlow
Edward Marshall ...
Freddie
Ed Call ...
Basketball Father
Angelina Estrada ...
Bianca
Carmen Filpi ...
Wino
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A white corporate executive is surprised to discover that he has a black teen-age son who can't wait to be adopted into the, almost-exclusively-white community of, San Marino, California. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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Any resemblance between Father and Son is purely hysterical. See more »

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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cara do Pai  »

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Theatrical-film debut of Denzel Washington. See more »

Goofs

When Walter and Roger move into the run-down apartment in Watts, very low flying jets can be heard overhead. The nearest airport in the area would be LAX which is approx. 13 miles due west. LAX is too far away for such low flying aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Nelson Longhurst: Walter, you were like a son to me. But as you well know, having a son can turn out to be a bitter disappointment.
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Referenced in Psych: Yang 3 in 2D (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Get Closer to You
Written by Bill Conti (music), Paul Williams (lyrics)
Performed by England Dan Seals
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One of the world's most underrated comedies!
8 November 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in the 1980s on German TV (in English). Fortunately, I taped it, because I never saw it again -- until 2006 on the MGM cable channel (and now I recorded it on DVD!). In the meantime, I wrote a thesis that dealt, among other things, with integration and denial issues (compare it to Woody Allen's "Zelig", for example!), and I found more quotable poignant and funny lines in this movie than in any other. On top of it, it has all those minor jokes that you probably won't catch the first time around and that make a comedy great. This movie is extremely funny, well written and has great actors, who should really be proud of it. The only thing that surprises me is that with all those big names attached the movie is so frequently overlooked and almost forgotten. If you haven't seen it and get a chance to, by all means, watch it and spread the word. By the way: I won't claim I saw Denzel's potential back then, but when I look back at this movie now, in hindsight, you can detect an Oscar winner in the making. Why didn't I give ten points? Well, I have to admit that the movie tapers off a bit at the end. If it had started more slowly, it would be OK, but the first half is just one funny line after another, and it just doesn't keep up its pace. And maybe the end is too unrealistic -- but then again, what do you expect from comedy? For me, it still works because it has a lot to say, and it does so in a brilliant way.


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