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Nothing in Common -- Garry Marshall directs this hilarious comedy about a perpetual adolescent (Hanks) who's forced to deal with his aging, unloving father (Gleason) when his mother leaves him flat. Be sure to catch an excellent performance by Hanks, as well as Jackie Gleason's final film appearance.
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Release Date:
30 July 1986 (USA) See more »
It's a comedy. And a drama. Just like life. See more »
A successful ad man (Hanks) must juggle his ever-demanding career while his parents' marriage breaks up. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Hanks ... David Basner

Jackie Gleason ... Max Basner

Eva Marie Saint ... Lorraine Basner

Hector Elizondo ... Charlie Gargas

Barry Corbin ... Andrew Woolridge

Bess Armstrong ... Donna Mildred Martin

Sela Ward ... Cheryl Ann Wayne
Cindy Harrell ... Shelley the Stewardess

John Kapelos ... Roger the Commercial Director
Carol Messing ... David's Secretary
Bill Applebaum ... Ted Geller
Mona Lyden ... Mishi

Anthony Starke ... Cameron
Julio Alonso ... Rick

Jane Morris ... Dale

Dan Castellaneta ... Brian

Mike Hagerty ... Eric
Jeff Michalski ... Lewis

Toni Hudson ... Receptionist

Bruce A. Young ... Gene
Ben Rawnsley ... Mitchell
Vicki Lucachick ... Blonde Secretary

Kathleen Marshall ... Tour Guide (as Kathi Marshall)

Scott Marshall ... Mailroom Boy
Kim Genelle ... Charlie Gargas' Secretary
Lynda Goodfriend ... Louise Pelham
Mark von Holstein ... Robert

Ron Dean ... Ed Bedsole
Elma V. Jackson ... Lucille (as Elma Veronda Jackson)
Noelle Bou-Sliman ... Jo-Jo
Andrew Paris ... DJ at Shenannigan's
Steve Sheridan ... Lloyd (as Steve Assad)

Vincent Guastaferro ... Marvin Nadler
John Antony ... Stan Keenan
Lucinda Crosby ... Fashion Show Announcer
Andra Akers ... Blonde Saleswoman

Tracy Reiner ... Young Saleswoman
Harvey Keenan ... Nat Vogel
Sam Denoff ... Sal Mancuso
Johnny Yune ... Mr. Yung (as John Yune)
Lorna Thayer ... Auditioning Grandma

Meg Wyllie ... Grandma on Commercial Set
Bobbie Jo Burke ... Jeu de Paume Actress
Shirley Kirkes ... Jeu de Paume Dancer (as Shirley Kirks)
Maxine Dunn ... Jeu de Paume Dancer
David Hall ... Boardroom Executive
Bo Sabato ... Boardroom Executive
Leslie Alcott ... Colonial Airlines Executive
Anthony W. Marshall ... Colonial Airlines Executive
Paul Zimmerman ... Colonial Airlines Executive
Harry Gelt ... Colonial Airlines Executive
Jack Larson ... Max's Doctor
Julie Paris ... Gina the Nurse

Jeris Poindexter ... Harvey
Anne Rasmussen ... Nancy
Jason Alderman ... Zachary
Michael Gold ... Dean of Parking (as Dr Michael I. Gold)
Steve Restivo ... Head Waiter
Susan Cotton ... Photo Session Producer
Thomas Smrt ... Mr. Egan
Frank Campanella ... Remo
Mel Pape ... Gentleman on Boat (as Melvin E. Pape)
Lou Evans ... Man on Airplane
Corey McKinney ... Boy at Farm

Conrad Janis ... Himself (as Conrad Janis and the Unlisted Jazz Band)
The Unlisted Jazz Band ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Burton Collins ... Harley (uncredited)

Philip Baker Hall ... Colonial Airlines Executive (uncredited)

Richard Kind ... Ad Exec in Bar (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Directed by
Garry Marshall 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rick Podell  written by
Michael Preminger  written by

Produced by
Nick Abdo .... associate producer
Alexandra Rose .... producer
Roger M. Rothstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Patrick Leonard 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Glenn Farr 
Casting by
Jane Alderman 
Shelley Andreas 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
Set Decoration by
Jane Bogart 
Costume Design by
Rosanna Norton 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup artist: Jackie Gleason (as Steve Abrums)
Deborah Jacoel .... hair stylist: Chicago Crew (as Deborah K. Jacoel)
Dorothea Long .... hair stylist
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Roger M. Rothstein .... unit production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Abdo .... second unit director
Barbara Bruno .... second second assistant director (as Barbara Ann Bruno)
Alan B. Curtiss .... second assistant director
Katy Emde .... first assistant director
Nancy Watrous .... second second assistant director: Chicago (as Nancy S. Watrous)
Art Department
Walt Hadfield .... construction coordinator (as Walton Hadfield)
Roland E. Hill Jr. .... set designer
Aaron Holden .... property master: Chicago
Donald Krafft .... leadman (as Donald W. Kraft)
Tony Leonardi .... stand-by painter (as Anthony J. Leonardi Jr.)
Tom Shaw Jr. .... property master (as Tommy Shaw)
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (as William L. Skinner)
Paul Stanwyck .... head painter: Chicago
Linda Lee Sutton .... set decorator: Chicago
Danae Walczak .... leadman: Chicago
James F. Walker .... propmaker foreman
John Williams .... paint foreman
Rick Young .... assistant property master
Andrew Zawacki .... construction foreman: Chicago (as Andrew M. Zawacki)
Benjamin Resella .... scenic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lorna Anderson .... sound editor
Scott Austin .... sound re-recordist
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
Bruce Bisenz .... production sound mixer
Anna Boorstin .... sound editor
George R. Groves Jr. .... sound re-recordist (as George Groves)
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Kelley .... sound editor
Larry Kemp .... adr editor
Reid Paul Martin .... assistant sound editor (as Reid Martin)
Joseph A. Mayer .... adr supervisor (as Joe Mayer)
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Douglas J. Schulman .... boom operator
Steve Shearsby .... sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Garry Van Scarboro .... cable person
Amy Vincent .... assistant sound editor
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor (as Michael Wilhoit)
Morgan Cavett .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Grant Burdette .... special effects (as William Grant Burdette jr)
Curtiss Smith .... special effects: Chicago
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas M. Barrett .... best boy electric
William Birch .... director of photography: Chicago
Richard Clarkson .... first assistant camera: Chicago (as Richard S. Clarkson)
Peter J. Donoghue .... best boy grip: Chicago
Robert W. Faison .... second assistant camera: Chicago (as Bob Faison)
Steven W. Gage .... dolly grip
Bud Heller .... key grip (as Buddy Heller)
Susan C. Ingram .... second assistant camera
Gary J. Jensen .... best boy
Horace Jordan .... first assistant camera (as Horace B. Jordan Jr.)
Hari Kaur Kahlsa .... second assistant camera: : Chicago
Mel P. Mack .... key grip: Chicago (as Melvin P. Mack)
James A. Miller .... gaffer: Chicago
John Robert Miller .... dolly grip: Chicago
Mike Moyer .... best boy electric: Chicago
Don Smetzer .... still photographer: Chicago (as Donald Smetzer)
Stuart A. Spohn .... gaffer (as Stuart Spohn)
Bruce W. Talamon .... still photographer
Pernell Youngblood Tyus .... camera operator
Lynda Vincent .... second assistant camera
Kevin Edwards .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tammara Billik .... casting assistant (as Tammy Billik)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Meltzer .... costumer
Eric H. Sandberg .... costume supervisor
Carolyn Schraut-Barczak (costumer: Chicago (as Carolyn Barczak)
Pat Trbovich .... costumer
John Melvin Young .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Louis Benioff .... first assistant editor
Craig Galloway .... second assistant editor
Robert Hackl .... post-production liaison (as Bob Hackl)
Janice Hampton .... additional editor
Ralph Milliken .... negative cutter
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
Angel Pine .... apprentice film editor
Gillian L. Hutshing .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Maureen Cunningham .... assistant location manager: Chicago
Mario Iscovich .... location manager
Michael J. Malone .... location manager: Chicago (as Michael Malone)
Music Department
Danny Bramson .... music supervisor
James Patrick Dunne .... composer: additional music (as James P. Dunne)
James Patrick Dunne .... music performer: additional music
James Newton Howard .... conductor: strings
James Newton Howard .... music arranger: strings
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Patrick Leonard .... performer: original music
Pattye Rogers .... assistant music editor
John Vigran .... engineer: original score
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Brad Dechter .... music arranger: source music (uncredited)
Mark Ettel .... score engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
George DiLeonardi .... transportation coordinator: Chicago (as George J. Di Leonardi)
James E. Foote .... transportation coordinator
Gene R. Johnson .... transportation captain
Hugh Kelly .... driver (uncredited)
Benjamin Rivera .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Judy Bauer .... assistant accountant
Dani Carlis .... production assistant
Katharine Ann Curtiss .... production coordinator
Charles Fink .... assistant to producer
Diane Frazen .... assistant: Garry Marshall (as Diane Perkins Frazen)
Dori Gordon .... production assistant: Chicago
Penny Lee Hallin .... dialogue coach
Wendy S. Hallin .... production assistant
Michael Hill .... production accountant
Shirley Kirkes .... choreographer
Andy Miller .... production assistant
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Enrique Posner .... production assistant: Chicago (as Ricky Posner)
Don Safran .... unit publicist
Christine Soteros .... craft service
Susan Steed .... secretary: Garry Marshall
Susan Vanderbeek .... production coordinator: Chicago
Diana Vilkaitis .... production assistant: Chicago
Kevin Bassett .... production assistant (uncredited)
Janusz Kaminski .... intern (uncredited)
Dorine Collins .... thanks
Marty Kurzfeld .... thanks
Barbara Marshall .... thanks (as Barbara Sue Wells)
Crew believed to be complete

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118 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: David's Jeep has an automatic transmission in some scenes, a manual transmission in others.See more »
Mishi:Oh, don't kiss me - I don't know where your lips have been.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Tom Hanks was great, even back then, 1 July 2004
Author: Avi Weiss from California

The story line is pretty straight forward, and the production was good, especially considering the 80's style of movie making. But Tom carries the movie, with his now-classic mix of rapier wit, sarcasm, and charming humor.

Tom play David Basner, a talented, slightly arrogant Chicago ad-exec whose parents just split after 50+ years of marriage. Though he has left "the nest" and views his parents as a necessary evil to be dealt with as little as possible, he finds himself providing ever-increasing support to each parent, all the while discovering the frailty and human side of each of them, and discovering what his priorities should be.

A definite watch

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