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2 September 1988 (USA) See more »
An old patriarch unites for his birthday all members of his family. But the group of people is full of personal and social problems. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Levi Rockwell

Suzy Amis ... Aggie Rockwell

Patricia Clarkson ... Rose Black

Frances Conroy ... Ruby Hanson

Sinéad Cusack ... Amanda 'Billi' Rockwell (as Sinead Cusack)

John Glover ... Rolo Rockwell

Bill Pullman ... Crow Black

Kevin Spacey ... Dwayne Hanson
John Bell ... Orson Rockwell
Nicky Bronson ... Max Hanson
Danny Corkill ... Kane Rockwell (as Dan Corkill)

Macaulay Culkin ... Cy Blue Black

Angela Goethals ... Dawn Black
Sara Goethals ... Flora Rockwell
Emily Poe ... Emily Rockwell

Sara Rue ... Jessica Hanson
George Martin ... Dr. Bonicker
Matt Norklun ... Mo Plumm
Robert Compono ... Tony Joe Basta

James McDaniel ... Policeman

David Hyde Pierce ... Monsieur Henri

Renée Coleman ... Waitress (as Renee Coleman)
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Directed by
Daniel Petrie 
Writing credits
Amos Poe (written by)

Produced by
Bob Fisher .... executive producer (as Robert Fisher)
Geoffrey Mayo .... executive producer
Michael Ulick .... executive producer
Marcus Viscidi .... co-producer
Jeffrey Weiss .... producer
Original Music by
Andrew Powell 
Cinematography by
Jost Vacano 
Film Editing by
Melody London 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
John S. Lyons  (as John Lyons)
Production Design by
Bill Groom 
Set Decoration by
Betsy Klompus 
Costume Design by
M. Nord Haggerty  (as Nord Haggerty)
Makeup Department
Marie-Ange Ripka .... hair stylist (as Marie Ange Ripka)
Carla White .... makeup artist
Production Management
Marcus Viscidi .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Carlisle .... first assistant director
Shiho Ito .... second assistant director
Art Department
David H. Allen .... second props (as David Allen)
Andrew Baseman .... assistant set decorator
Roland Brooks .... scenic artist
Anthony Dunne .... construction coordinator (as Tony Dunne)
Ann Edgeworth .... property master
Nancy Gilmore .... set dresser
Bruce Lee Gross .... set dresser (as Bruce Gross)
Bill Lehne .... second carpenter
Jack Ranson .... key set builder
Alan Zdinak .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
G.W. Brown .... adr editor
Bill Daly .... sound mixer
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor (as Dane Davis)
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos De Larios)
Cynthia Haagens .... adr editor
Tom Hammond .... foley editor
Darrell Hanzalik .... adr editor
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Lou Kleinman .... dialogue editor (as Louis Kleinman)
John Kwiatkowski .... sound effects editor
Mark Larry .... assistant sound editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... assistant sound editor (as Kimberly Voight)
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Maggi Travis .... boom operator
Randy Vandegrift .... dialogue editor
Richard Klompus .... cable person (uncredited)
Tom Nelson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects (as Steve Kirshoff)
Denis Zack .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald M. Angst .... electrician (as Don Angst)
Michael F. Barrow .... gaffer (as Michael Barrow)
John Cardoni .... electrician
Michael Fedack .... dolly grip (as Michael Fedak)
Anette Haellmigk .... first assistant camera (as Anette Victoria Haellmigk)
Bill Ley .... best boy grip
Eric Liebowitz .... still photographer
William W. Lister .... best boy electric (as Bill Lister)
Claudia Raschke .... second assistant camera
Robert D. Shulman .... key grip (as Bob Shulman)
Barbara Walz .... special unit photographer
Casting Department
Judy Claman .... extras casting
Ellen Parks .... casting associate
Karen Sonet .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Dunn .... associate costume designer (as John Dunn)
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... second wardrobe (as Cheryl Kilbourne)
Deirdre N. Williams .... wardrobe (as Deirdre Williams)
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
David R. Finkelstein .... assistant editor (as David Finkelstein)
Elizabeth Gazzara .... first assistant editor
Stuart Kauffman .... apprentice editor
Janice Keuhnelian .... assistant editor
Jay Rabinowitz .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jamie Forester .... music editor (as Jamie E. Gelb)
Fraser Kennedy .... music supervisor
Tom Kramer .... music editor
Transportation Department
Tom O'Donnell Jr. .... transportation captain (as Tom O'Donnelly Jr.)
Louis Volpe .... transportation co-captain (as Lou Volpe)
Other crew
Lawrence Amanuel .... production assistant (as Larry Amanuel)
Stacy Auerhan .... travel
Tamara Bally .... production auditor
Olivia Bruce .... production office coordinator
Diana Burton .... assistant: Mr. Lancaster
Sarah Charlesworth .... production logo designer
Jill S. Cohen .... location manager
Dan Collins .... production assistant
Barbara Conte .... production assistant
Billy Crawford .... production assistant (as Billy A. Crawford)
Paul Cremo .... production assistant
Valerie Davis .... assistant to executive producer
Caren Deitch .... assistant to executive producer
James Ellis .... script supervisor
Lisa Grace Erndt .... production assistant (as Lisa Erndt)
Caren Franklin .... executive assistant
Dolly Hall .... assistant to producer
Tina Klein .... promotions coordinator
Richard Klompus .... production assistant (as Rich Klompus)
Paul Kramer .... production assistant
Daniel Lupi .... unit coordinator
Raymond López .... production assistant
Thomas Muse .... production assistant (as Tom Muse)
Sean Noonan .... assistant: Mr. Lancaster
Denise Pinckley .... supervising office coordinator
Diana Pokorny .... location manager
Neil Robinson .... dialogue coach: Mr. Lancaster
Susan Sloan .... nurse
Max Snow .... post-production auditor
Susan Stadler .... teacher
Daniel Sykes .... production assistant
Jimmy Vestal .... assistant unit coordinator
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Gerry Ferrara .... projectionist (uncredited)
Ken Halsband .... production assistant (uncredited)
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[at Levi's wife's gravesite]
Cy Blue Black:Poor Grandma.
Crow Black:What?
Cy Blue Black:Poor Grandma.
Crow Black:Oh, yeah. Poor Grandma.
Cy Blue Black:Bad worms.
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A Man Without a Story, 20 July 2014
Author: Geoffrey DeLeons from United States

Another "family get-together" movie. Just what we needed, right? I couldn't determine if this movie had a point to make, because if it did, I never got it.

Who is Levi? Why are we supposed to feel empathy for him? We know nothing about him other than that he was a writer, his work possibly having had political over-tones. Okay. Great. Is he really "dying"? No one seems to know, and if the doctor knows, he's not telling.

The doctor comes to the house after Levi falls out of a hammock onto the lawn. The doctor expresses jealousy and anger for Levi marrying the then-deceased woman he was presently involved with, many years prior. Aha. That sews the story up nicely. That explains the strawberry blonde hottie and the depressed stand-up comic.

A very odd scene occurs where Levi describes the Viking (sea raider) funeral to the kids, and they all jump up and say they want that kind of funeral. Come on. I was waiting for one to say, "Yes, grandpa. I'd love to be set adrift and burned into nothingness!"

After the extremely embarrassing "pee in the ocean" scene, nothing could have been worse than.., wait for it...The kids pretending to be in a rock band and we are forced to watch them play air guitar to a P.A. system that they set up? Rented? Concealed? I turned the movie off at that point.

The strawberry blonde hottie should have jumped Levi's (her father's) bones one day (possibly in the very same hammock), and gave him the long-awaited heart attack, and then taken boughs in front of the rest of the family: At least that would have been funny.

I gave Rocket Gibraltar six stars, anyway. I didn't hate it. It's just that I think everyone has a story to tell, and the movie would not allow Levi to tell his.

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