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Release Date:
28 September 1984 (USA) See more »
They've Got Everything... including a 10 year old daughter who's suing them for divorce. See more »
Alternating between the past and the present, a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation, surprising them both. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Adorable and charming (at first) See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ryan O'Neal ... Albert Brodsky

Shelley Long ... Lucy Van Patten Brodsky

Drew Barrymore ... Casey Brodsky

Sam Wanamaker ... David Kessler

Allen Garfield ... Phil Hanner

Sharon Stone ... Blake Chandler (aka Amanda)
Kim Marriner ... Reporter
Wendy Gordon ... Reporter
Ken Gale ... Reporter
Deborah Cody ... Reporter
Steven K. Miller ... Reporter
Annie Meyers-Shyer ... Little Girl in Crowd
Lauren Hartman ... Woman on the Street

David Paymer ... Alan Sluiser
Larry Marko ... Court Clerk
Lorinne Vozoff ... Judge Shalack

David Graf ... Bink
Ida Random ... Woman at Party
Steffen Zacharias ... Man at Party
Laura Campbell ... Uptight Woman
Jenny Gago ... Tracy
Verna Cornelius ... Englishwoman at Party
Johna Stewart-Bowden ... Little Casey
David D'Arnal ... Waiter
Don Benjamin ... Whispering Man

Jaid Barrymore ... Whispering Woman
Kelly Lange ... Anchorwoman
Rex Reed ... Entertainment Editor
Irving Meyers ... Man in Bar
William A. Fraker ... Gabrielle Cinematographer
Eloise Hardt ... Elaine Kessler
Art Bradley ... Handsome Party Guest

Stuart Pankin ... Ronnie

Laura Coker ... Amy (as Laura Winitsky)
Gregory Hodal ... Atlanta Preacher
Carl Byrd ... Atlanta Sound Man

Luana Anders ... Atlanta Widow
Richard Minchenberg ... Howard Kay

Charlotte Stewart ... Sally
Dana Kaminski ... Woman in Dress Shop
Arlin Miller ... Radio Newscaster (voice)

Ken Lerner ... Doctor
Minnie Summers Lindsey ... Inez (as Minnie Lindsay)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hortensia Colorado ... Maria Hernandez
Marc May ... Reporter
Beverly Reed ... Dotty Chandler
Douglas DuVal ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Ellen Geer ... (uncredited)

Molly Hansen ... Premiere Attendee (uncredited)

Robert Dominick Jones ... Civil War Soldier (uncredited)
Helen Mallory ... Woman in Green (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Shyer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nancy Meyers  written by
Charles Shyer  written by

Produced by
Richard Hashimoto .... associate producer
Nancy Meyers .... executive producer
Arlene Sellers .... producer
Alex Winitsky .... producer
Original Music by
Paul De Senneville  (as Paul de Senneville)
Olivier Toussaint 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
Production Design by
Ida Random 
Set Decoration by
Jane Bogart 
Costume Design by
Joe I. Tompkins 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
Susan Germaine .... hair stylist
Production Management
Richard Hashimoto .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
K.C. Colwell .... second assistant director
Debra DuVal .... dgc trainee
Michael Grillo .... first assistant director
Art Department
Michael Helmy .... set designer
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator
Paul Rylander .... assistant property master
Steven Westlund .... property master
Sound Department
David R. Elliott .... sound editor (as David Elliott)
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist
Michael Hilkene .... sound editor
Fred Judkins .... sound editor
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer
John Kline .... sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Val Kuklowsky .... sound editor
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph A. Mayer .... sound editor (as Joe Mayer)
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Russ Tinsley .... supervising sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher T. Welch .... supervising sound editor
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Matt Sweeney .... special effects supervisor
Wendy Davies .... stunt double
Jim Stephan .... stunts (as Jim Stephen)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald H. Boatright .... gaffer
David E. Diano .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as David Diano)
Gary R. Dodd .... key grip (as Gary Dodd)
Jan Koshay .... dolly grip
Carol McCullough .... still photographer
Richard Turner .... second assistant camera
Steve Yaconelli .... camera operator (as Stephen Yaconelli)
Don Yamasaki .... best boy (as Donald Yamasaki)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Deborah Lucchesi .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Blass .... wardrobe: for Sam Wanamaker
April Ferry .... costume supervisor
Mort Schwartz .... costumer: men
Anne Marie Thomas Casados .... costumer: women (as Anne Marie Thomas)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Emily Wallin .... apprentice film editor
Mark Winitsky .... assistant editor
Music Department
Richard Clayderman .... piano solos
Milton Lustig .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Chuck Hanson .... transportation coordinator
Ron Hardman .... transportation captain (as Ronald Hardman)
Thomas M. Krigbaum .... transportation captain (as Tom Krigbaum)
Other crew
Joy Anzarouth .... production coordinator
Fredrick Baron .... location manager
Bruce A. Block .... filmic consultant
Scott Derrick .... assistant: to Ms Meyers and Mr. Shyer
Amy Howard .... assistant: to Ms Meyers and Mr. Shyer
Karin Howard .... assistant: to Ms Meyers and Mr. Shyer
Elayne D. Lieberman .... assistant to producer (as Elayne Lieberman)
Don Miller .... production accountant
Betsy Norton .... script supervisor
Judith Rheiner .... unit publicist
Lucia Schultz .... assistant: to Ms Meyers and Mr. Shyer
Jerome A. Shiell .... technical consultant (as Jerome A. Shiell MD)
Tad Tadlock .... choreographer
David C. Thomas .... location manager
Elizabeth Yanoska .... production accountant

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113 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Loosely based on the marriage and divorce of director Peter Bogdanovich and his ex-wife Polly Platt.See more »
Casey Brodsky:Mother, you and dad for a long time did not recognize my rights as a human being. You both treated me like chattel. You cannot do with me as you please anymore. We have irreconcilable differences.See more »
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Adorable and charming (at first), 29 August 2004
Author: vchimpanzee

The movie starts with a lawyer telling his client what it means to divorce. Then we find out his client is a precocious little girl.

In the courtroom, the girl's parents begin telling their story, which we see though flashbacks. Albert is hitchhiking across the country, and Lucy is taking her boyfriend's car to him, and refuses to stop but instead splashes mud all over Albert. Later Albert is freezing and wet and Lucy feels sorry for him ...

The movie is mostly a comedy as Albert and Lucy get to know each other and have a number of misadventures. But Albert, who has a new job as a film professor at UCLA, really wants to direct, and as he makes the contacts that will allow this to happen, he and Lucy see Hollywood life and hope that won't happen to them. Unfortunately ...

I liked the movie best when it was a lighthearted comedy. But something had to happen to make Casey want to 'divorce' her parents. Some of it was funny, and some hard to watch. Eventually, whenever the movie would take a dramatic turn, it would recover. And the ending was happy, in a way.

Shelley Long and Ryan O'Neal did a great job, and Long went through a number of character changes. Lucy started out adorable and perky but later became disillusioned and bitter. Then she became a confident ... witch (or something that rhymes, anyway).

Drew Barrymore was wonderful for a child. I saw a lot of good acting performances, and it would be hard to list them all. Sharon Stone was good as Blake Chandler, a bubblehead who for some odd reason became a star with Albert's help. Blake later showed more dimension to her character, displaying a warm side at one point and later a spoiled side as she expected star treatment. Another good performance came from the actress playing the housekeeper/nanny who apparently spent the most time with Casey. Not a lot of lines, but the character's professionalism and warmth came through.

It was a worthwhile movie.

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