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Look for Kevin Costner as a fellow shipboard guest.
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One of about only a dozen movies produced by the short-lived 1980s production house of CBS Theatrical Films.
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The Mediterranean holiday the family took went to such exotic places as Tunis in Tunisia, Athens and the Parthenon in Greece, Haifa in Israel, Rome and Genoa in Italy, and Cairo, Alexandria and the Sphinx and the Great Giza Pyramids in Egypt.
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The film represents an early screen role of star Kevin Costner.
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To do this movie actor Richard Crenna had to fit the picture into his extremely busy schedule which was over-committed at the time. This was the first picture that actor Richard Crenna was seen in after his prominent role in the Sylvester Stallone block-buster First Blood (1982).
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Jon Voight's own company financed the picture according to The New York Times.
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Publicity for this picture frequently reported how it was the big screen comeback film of actress Millie Perkins who had starred many years ago as Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). However, a check of her IMDb filmography clearly shows that Perkins had appeared in some feature films during the intervening period of over twenty years.
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This film was one of a number of movies in a 1980s Hollywood cycle of pictures about divorce. Initiated by the Best Picture Oscar winning film Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the cycle included that movie as well as Shoot the Moon (1982), The Champ (1979), Author! Author! (1982), Table for Five (1983), Heartburn (1986), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), Enemies: A Love Story (1989), The Good Mother (1988), The War of the Roses (1989) and The Last Married Couple in America (1980).
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Debut theatrical feature film directed by Robert Lieberman.
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The film's production notes state that Jon Voight "specifically wanted to film at the Parthenon in Athens and amidst the Sphinx and Pyramids near Cairo: he felt these structures of seeming permanence would serve as useful juxtapositions in scenes dealing with the fragility of life".
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The fifth cinema movie role of actor Kevin Costner.
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Both of the stars of John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy (1969) both starred in film(s) about divorce, separation and step-families afterwards. Jon Voight starred in this film and in 1979's The Champ (1979) whilst Dustin Hoffman had starred around four years earlier in the same year's Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).
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Actress Marie-Christine Barrault played a character, Marie, who had the same first name as her own.
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The nick-name of of actor Jon Voight's character was "J.P.".
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Last theatrical feature film directed by Robert Lieberman for eight years until 1991's All I Want for Christmas (1991) but in between Lieberman worked in television.
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This was the debut theatrical feature film for all the child actors Roxana Zal, Robby Kiger and Son Hoang Bui. It was Bui's only on screen acting role.
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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".
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The name of the ocean liner the family holidayed on was the "S.S. Vistafjord". At the time the film was made it was considered the biggest cruise ship in the Western Hemisphere". According to TV Guide, the movie was "shot mostly on the SS Vistafjord, which was actually making a cruise" at the time of principal photography.
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