That's Life! (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  10 October 1986 (USA)
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Harvey and Gillian Fairchild face a very difficult weekend. Harvey, celebrating his 60th birthday, is stressed and depressed. Gillian is awaiting the results of a throat biopsy. Their lives... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Parrish
Father Baragone
Jennifer Edwards ...
Megan Fairchild Bartlet
Steve Larwin (as Rob Knepper)
Larry Bartlet
Josh Fairchild
Janice Kern
Fanny Ward
Emma Walton ...
Kate Fairchild
Madame Carrie
Teddy Wilson ...
Corey (as Theodore Wilson)
Nicky Blair ...
Jordan Christopher ...
Dr. Keith Romanis


Harvey and Gillian Fairchild face a very difficult weekend. Harvey, celebrating his 60th birthday, is stressed and depressed. Gillian is awaiting the results of a throat biopsy. Their lives are further complicated by their three grown children, a ditsy neighbor, a fortune teller, and an alcoholic priest. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <>

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' That's Life!  »

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$4,079,895 (USA)

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The movie was filmed around late September, October and November 1985. See more »


Microphone shadow visible during party scene in the tent. See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 27 September 1986 (1986) See more »


Performed by Ernie Watts
Courtesy of Qwest Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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unequaled chemistry between mother and daughter
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There are some movies you just get a good feeling about, and this (for me) is one of them. In every comment I've read here, though, no one mentioned the scene between Julie Andrews and Emma Walton, who are mother and daughter in real life and in the movie. Emma's character has just broken up with her boyfriend, and she spends the whole weekend in a bad mood until she finally breaks down crying and must be comforted by Julie's character. Lifetime channel, take note: sappy mother-daughter scenes work out best when you: 1-get real-life mother-daughter pairs and 2-let the mother (regardless of whether #1 is true or not) just speak from her heart. That's what Blake Edwards had enough sense to do, and it makes for one of the most touching mother-daughter scenes ever. Granted, Blake Edwards actually lived with these two people, so he may have had a better knowledge of their relationship and what would work, but most older actresses are mothers and could probably be capable of something similar. The rest of the film is great as well, with great performances all around, and a hilarious rambling from Jack at the beginning while he describes to Julie how his day at work went. This is the first movie that made my laugh and cry simultaniously (when Jack says he wanted to "bicycle himself to death"), and for that and the scene between Julie and Emma, watch this movie. It's way better than the box office will lead you to believe.

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