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That's Life! (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 10 October 1986 (USA)
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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Holly Parrish
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Father Baragone
Jennifer Edwards ...
Megan Fairchild Bartlet
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Steve Larwin (as Rob Knepper)
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Larry Bartlet
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Josh Fairchild
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Janice Kern
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Fanny Ward
Emma Walton ...
Kate Fairchild
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Madame Carrie
Teddy Wilson ...
Corey (as Theodore Wilson)
Nicky Blair ...
Andre
Jordan Christopher ...
Dr. Keith Romanis
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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 are further complicated by their three grown children, a ditsy neighbor, a fortune teller, and an alcoholic priest. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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10 October 1986 (USA)  »

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$4,079,895 (USA)
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According to film critic Leonard Maltin, "director-writer [Blake] Edwards gave co-screenplay credit to his own psychiatrist!" for Edwards' earlier movie The Man Who Loved Women (1983). That was Hollywood psychoanalyst Milton Wexler who then worked again on That's Life! (1986) with Edwards which became the second of two screen-writing collaborations of Edwards and Wexler, the pair working together here around three years after The Man Who Loved Women (1983). See more »

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ROCK CAMPING
Performed by Ernie Watts
Courtesy of Qwest Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Nepotism is a Prime Factor in a Forgotten Cinematic Gem...
7 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THAT'S LIFE! is a lovely family drama from 1986 directed by Blake Edwards centering on an affluent family man named Harvey Fairchild (Jack Lemmon)who goes through an emotional roller-coaster due to his approaching 60th birthday. He is so busy wallowing in self-pity and depression that he not even aware of the fact that his wife, Gillian (Julie Andrews) is facing a life-threatening illness. This barely-seen and highly underrated film was an unexpected delight with an intelligent screenplay, sensitive direction by Edwards and a 100-megawatt star performance by Jack Lemmon in the title role. The film wreaks of nepotism with Chris Lemmon playing their oldest son, Blake Edwards' daughter Jennifer and Andrews' daughter, Emma Waltoon also appearing as siblings in the family. There is even a cameo by Lemmon's real life spouse, Felicia Farr, as a fortune teller. The home of Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews is even utilized as the Fairchild family home in the film. Edwards, Andrews, and especially Lemmon fans should definitely give this one a look if they haven't seen it...a quiet, affecting drama that effectively blends the smile and the tear.


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