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Nothing in Common (1986)

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A successful ad man (Hanks) must juggle his ever-demanding career while his parents' marriage breaks up.

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David Basner is a successful advertising executive who has it all: Money, happiness, and women who want him. Then one day his world falls apart when his mother leaves his father. Now, he must balance his life between his mother, who is happy with her newfound independence, and his father, a recently laid off salesman who is hard-headed, stubborn, and hides a lot from David. Now David must cope with the downfall of his family and his life. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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It's a comedy. And a drama. Just like life. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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30 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Nada en común  »

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$32,324,557 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Jackie Gleason was seriously ill with colon cancer, liver cancer, thrombosed hemorrhoids, diabetes and phlebitis. One evening during filming he admitted to his daughter that he only had a short time to live. See more »

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David (Tom Hanks) throws a ball against the wall in his apartment repeatedly, catching it and throwing it again. On the last throw, he tries but misses the catch and a crew member's arm quickly enters the shot and catches the ball for him. See more »

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David Basner: Mom, why don't you put on your shoes and come out of the cage? How many guys have said that to their mothers?
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An intelligent and moving comedy drama featuring one of Tom Hanks' better performances
17 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

NOTHING IN COMMON was a smart and sentimental comedy drama that offered a pre-Oscar'ed Tom Hanks one of his best earlier roles. Hanks plays David Basner, an advertising executive whose lightning-quick advancement at his company becomes hampered when has to start taking care of his father (Jackie Gleason, in his final film role)who has become completely helpless after his wife (Eva Maria Saint) has left him. This comedy takes some pointed and effective jabs at the advertising industry and still manages to be a warm family story as well. Hanks beautifully walks a fine line between comedy and drama in one of his better and nearly forgotten performances. Gleason is abrasive as the dad, but Saint is lovely as the mom. Sela Ward, Bess Armstrong, and Barry Corbin are also effective in supporting roles and the ending has been known to produce a few tears. An intelligent and heartwarming look at the choices that we sometimes have to make regarding career and family.


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