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Irreconcilable Differences (1984)

Alternating between the past and the present, a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation, surprising them both.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

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Lucy Van Patten Brodsky
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David Kessler
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Phil Hanner
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Kim Marriner ...
Reporter
Wendy Gordon ...
Reporter
Ken Gale ...
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Deborah Cody ...
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Steven K. Miller ...
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Annie Meyers-Shyer ...
Little Girl in Crowd
Lauren Hartman ...
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Alan Sluiser
Larry Marko ...
Court Clerk
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Storyline

Albert and Lucy fall in love, get married, and have a daughter Casey. Everything is wonderful, till success in business distract Albert and Lucy from each other and Casey. They soon divorce and start fighting so Casey beats sues to divorce her parents, to go live with the maid who has been taking care of her. Themedia has a field day, which is only making things worse. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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They've Got Everything... including a 10 year old daughter who's suing them for divorce. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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28 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diferencias irreconciliables  »

Box Office

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$12,400,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While the movie draws upon the Peter Bogdanovich/Cybill Shepherd/Polly Platt love triangle for its inspiration, as many critics including Roger Ebert have noted, it also draws upon Nora Ephron's "Heartburn" for much of its inspiration, as Polly Platt never wrote a bestselling novel about her husband's affair, but Nora Ephron did. See more »

Quotes

Casey Brodsky: 'Atlanta' lost more money than any movie in the history of movies. Or something like that. Right, Daddy?
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Connections

References Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

You And Me (We Wanted It All)
Written by Carole Bayer Sager & Peter Allen
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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A good look at family vs. career.
15 March 1999 | by (Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA) – See all my reviews

Ryan O'Neal and Shelley Long are perfectly matched in this movie about a couple in a marriage that falls apart due to family vs. career. An eight year old Drew Barrymore is very impressive as a child who attempts to divorce her parents because they neglect her. Thrown in for good measure is an intrepid look at the movie business and an early vixen like performance from Sharon Stone as the home wrecker.

This film is very balanced in its look at all the subjects involved. A very under rated movie that contains some acute observations about life's priorities (or lack of them).


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