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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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On his way up the corporate ladder. David Basner confronts his greatest challenge: his father. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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30 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nada en común  »

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$32,324,557 (USA)
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Rumor has it that director Garry Marshall wouldn't go ahead with the making of this film without the inclusion of Jackie Gleeson. Gleeson had grown tired of filmmaking, and wished to retire from the business. After several attempts to get him on board, Marshall finally called Gleeson on the phone and insisted that if he didn't do this film that the last film he would be remembered for was "Smokey and the Bandit III". Gleeson immediately accepted. See more »

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David's Jeep has an automatic transmission in some scenes, a manual transmission in others. See more »

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David Basner: I could've been a great doctor.
Max Basner: You could've been a great anything, son.
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Burning of the heart
Performed by Richard Marx
Written by Patrick Leonard, Kathy Wakefield
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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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