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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 overview, first billed only:
Phil Hanner
Kim Marriner ...
Wendy Gordon ...
Ken Gale ...
Deborah Cody ...
Steven K. Miller ...
Annie Meyers-Shyer ...
Little Girl in Crowd
Lauren Hartman ...
Woman on the Street
Alan Sluiser
Larry Marko ...
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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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She'll do anything to keep her parents together... even divorce them! See more »


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Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diferencias irreconciliables  »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,076,894, 30 September 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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A good look at family vs. career.
15 March 1999 | by 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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