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Writers (WGA):
Joseph Olshan (novel)
Mark Medoff (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 October 1988 (USA) See more »
David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies.... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Funny, sad and realistic See more (6 total) »


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Whoopi Goldberg ... Clara Mayfield

Michael Ontkean ... Bill Hart

Kathleen Quinlan ... Leona Hart

Neil Patrick Harris ... David Hart

Spalding Gray ... Peter Epstein

Beverly Todd ... Dora

Hattie Winston ... Blanche Loudon

Jason Downs ... Alan Lipsky
Caitlin Thompson ... Celeste

Maria Broom ... Felicia
Wanda Christine ... Lydia
Maryce Carter ... Babs
Angel Harper ... Rita

Frederick Strother ... Bundy (as Fred Strother)
Joseph Muth ... Father Joe (as Father Joseph Muth)
Warren Long ... Leo
Dorthy Cunningham ... Buxom Woman
Alaine Laughton ... Little Girl
Randy Meeks ... Ching
Kathryn Dowling ... Deena
Mark Medoff ... Dr. Stevens

Tatum Adair ... Ashley Lafferty
Joy Green ... Duty Nurse
Tania Gauthier ... Jessica
Forry Buckingham ... Coach Stillson
Dan Griffith ... Swim Team Member
Jason Schuyler ... Swim Team Member
Kevin Colborn ... Swim Team Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Keith Johnson ... Farley (uncredited)

Dorry Marie ... School Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Mulligan 
Writing credits
Joseph Olshan (novel)

Mark Medoff (screenplay)

Produced by
Martin Elfand .... producer
Daniel Franklin .... associate producer (as Daniel T. Franklin)
David McGiffert .... associate producer
Marianne Moloney .... executive producer
Albert J. Salzer .... associate producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Freddie Francis 
Film Editing by
Sidney Levin 
Casting by
Ken Carlson 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Howard 
Art Direction by
Steve Walker  (as Stephen Walker)
Set Decoration by
Anne H. Ahrens 
Costume Design by
Bambi Breakstone 
Makeup Department
Marietta Carter-Narcisse .... hair stylist (as Marietta Carter)
Marietta Carter-Narcisse .... makeup artist (as Marietta Carter)
Medusah .... hair styles supervisor
Medusah .... makeup supervisor
Robin Siegel .... hair stylist
Robin Siegel .... makeup artist
Julia L. Walker .... hair designer: Whoopi (as Julia Walker)
H. Kevin Russell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Daniel Franklin .... unit production manager (as Daniel T. Franklin)
Albert J. Salzer .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David McGiffert .... first assistant director
Concetta Rinaldo-Williams .... second assistant director (as Connie Rinaldo)
Stephen Wertimer .... second assistant director (as Steve Wertimer)
Richard Lannaman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ross Harpold .... leadperson
Susan Kessel .... set dresser
Chester Overlock III .... assistant property master (as Chester Harrison Overlock III)
Brian Stultz .... stand-by painter
Frank Tamburo .... construction coordinator
Lorraine Walker .... property master
Ted Lubonovich II .... propmaker (uncredited)
Lester Poser .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brook Yeaton .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
David A. Arnold .... sound editor
Gina Bergstrom .... assistant sound editor
David B. Cohn .... adr editor
William Gazecki .... re-recording mixer
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley artist
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Bill Nelson .... production sound mixer
Steve Pederson .... re-recording mixer
Robert R. Rutledge .... supervising sound editor
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... sound editor
Jules Strasser .... boom operator (as Jules A. Strasser)
Michael Warner .... assistant sound editor
John A. Larsen .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Douglas Retzler .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John D. Burkley .... gaffer (as John Burkley)
François Duhamel .... still photographer (as Francois Duhamel)
Rick Gioia .... second assistant camera (as Richard Gioia)
Edward Gold .... camera operator
Jonathan Herron .... first assistant camera
David Houlle .... best boy electric
Tony Kupersmith .... key grip
Scott W. Leftridge .... dolly grip
F. Scott Trimble .... best boy grip
Richard Speed .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Debby Shively .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cass Coty .... wardrobe assistant
David Davenport .... wardrobe assistant
Jeanne Mascia .... wardrobe supervisor
H. Kevin Russell .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Denise Snaer .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Tracey McCampbell .... assistant editor
Race F. Smith .... assistant editor
Rick Sparr .... assistant editor
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Transportation Department
Bob Hendrix .... transportation coordinator (as Bob L. Hendrix)
Daniel Quick .... transportation coordinator (as Daniel C. Quick)
Foard J. Wilgis .... transportation captain
John Fischer .... driver (uncredited)
H. Kevin Russell .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Diana Austin .... production accountant (as Diana J. Austin)
Andrew M. Flinn .... production aide (as Andy Flinn)
Katie Gilbert .... assistant: Mr. Mulligan
Granville Greene .... production aide
Moby Griffin .... marine coordinator
Ross Harpold .... production aide
Jay R. Juppe .... production aide
Diane Katz .... production office coordinator
Kevin Kertscher .... production aide (as Kevin M. Kertscher)
Natalie A. Kirschner .... production aide
Celeste Lundberg .... assistant: Ms. Goldberg
Frank Paul Malinsky .... production aide
M.B. McGuire .... advisor (as M.B. 'Mickey' McGuire)
Mamie Mitchell .... script supervisor
Claire A. Nelson .... technical advisor
Deborah Newman .... production aide
Steve Newman .... unit publicist
David O'Ferrall .... production aide (as David Michael O'Ferrall)
Karin Reznack .... assistant: Mr. Elfand
H. Kevin Russell .... production aide
Colleen Roome Shelton .... production office secretary (as Colleen Roome)
Maxine Walters .... dialogue coach
Teresa M. Yarbrough .... production office coordinator
Dixie Jones .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
H. Kevin Russell .... craft: assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Netherlands:108 min | USA:108 min
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Did You Know?

Filmed in 1986, not released until two years later.See more »
Clara Mayfield:Why do you touch me like that?
David Hart:Like what?
Clara Mayfield:Like that!
David Hart:I'm sorry.
Clara Mayfield:Don't you never touch me like that again. You understand me?
David Hart:I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I didn't think it would upset you.
Clara Mayfield:You didn't think it would upset me? You keep your hands off or I'm pressing charges! You understand what I'm telling you? You understand what I'm telling you? You get out now, you get out!
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Funny, sad and realistic, 13 June 2000
Author: Becky from Canada

I recently saw this movie for the second time. The first time I was 13 years old, and while I really enjoyed it then, it was certainly worth a second viewing as an adult. This movie has so many layers... Whoopi Goldberg is brilliant in her role as a Jamaican housekeeper, and both she and Neil Patrick Harris are quite witty... at times I found myself laughing out loud at their sarcastic banter. Besides making me laugh and cry, this movie also makes me angry... David's parents seem so self-absorbed and unconcerned about their son's welfare. I really felt sorry for him, and glad he had Clara. The ending is refreshing in that it is not a sappy "happily ever after", but also not horrible... it's nice to see something realistic for a change.

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