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J. P. Tannen takes his three children for a vacation cruise. They usually live with their mother and step-father, but now J. P. feels capable of taking them. Emotional tragedy strikes, causing battles parent against parent, and parent against child. J. P. tries to show his children that he loves them. Written by
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The picture's central character, J. P. Tannen (Jon Voight), was a divorced father. US 'Coming Attractions' magazine reported that film's four central production sanctum of director Robert Lieberman, screenwriter David Seltzer, producer Robert Schaffel and star Jon Voight), were all divorced fathers. According to the Jan-Feb 1983 edition of US 'Coming Attractions' magazine, "their combined experience shaped and defined the movie". See more »
The title does not fit this interesting character story of family love.
John Voigt is at his best in his role as a divorced Father who all but abandoned his children. A lovely Mediterranean cruise is a short reunion but fate enters the story. The children are excellent actors and Richard Crenna as the stepfather married to John Voigt's ex wife plays a sympathetic role. A part time girlfriend of Voigt's fills out this character study of people in crises trying to handle it well.
It is a touching, well crafted and well acted movie and not dated at all in spite of l983 production. I give it an 8.
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