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The Good Father (1985)

R | | Drama | 11 February 1987 (USA)
Bill is a man who's very bitter about his divorce and losing custody of his son. So, when one of his friends is being sued for divorce by his wife, so that she can enter into a lesbian ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Emmy Hooper
Frances Viner ...
Cheryl Langford
Mary Hall
Jennie Stoller ...
Bill's friend
Johanna Kirby ...
Bill's friend
Harry Grubb ...
Bill's son
Tom Jamieson ...
Roger's son


Bill is a man who's very bitter about his divorce and losing custody of his son. So, when one of his friends is being sued for divorce by his wife, so that she can enter into a lesbian relationship, Bill decides to help his friend gain custody of his son in any way that they can devise, including using a sleazeball lawyer. But while Bill feels that feminism has robbed him of his family, he begins to be appalled at what he and Roger have done. Written by Kathy Li

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The original negative of the film was damaged during post-production, which resulted in the poor quality of all theatrical release prints. See more »


Roger Miles: Well, we certainly jerked her lead.
Bill Hooper: Why did you have to say that?
Roger Miles: I wouldn't have. But it's true.
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What a great movie!!
11 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie solidified why I like Anthony Hopkins so much. He is seething with such rage and horror. It amazes me that he can act like this, but in some movies he can be so calm, like another film that was released the same year this one was, 84 Charring Cross Road (costarring the great Anne Bancroft.) The reason I love The Good Father is because it's a very interesting story and it shows several talents that hadn't quite made it yet. Hopkins hadn't yet made The Silence of the Lambs. Jim Broadbent, who plays the man Hopkins' character is trying to help get his son back, hadn't won his Oscar for his role in Iris. Also Mike Newell, the director, hadn't made a name for himself either. After this film, he made Four Weddings and a Funeral. If you want to see a great drama with superb performances, watch this film. If you like Hopkins in anything, then definitely see this movie.

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