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A busy, "always-on-the-run" executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Tremont
Bette Tremont
Dr. Chad
Dr. Santana
Dr. Ethridge
Dr. Delibro
Victor Walton
Bill Morey ...
Hal McCarthy
Mary Fogarty ...
Gloria McCarthy (as Mary Fogerty)
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A busy, "always-on-the-run" executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him than ever before. In the process, he teaches his father to be more independent which causes problems with the man's wife. Estranged from his own son, the executive comes to realize what has been missing in his own life. Written by Jerry Shannon <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes the greatest man you ever meet... is the first one.


Drama | Comedy


PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mon père  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)


$19,738,015 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Debut produced cinema movie screenplay written by Gary David Goldberg. See more »


When Jake and John drive through the parking lot and stop to talk, John parks in front of two large trees, one directly in front of the car. The inside shot from the back seat has no tree visible through the windshield. See more »


John Tremont: There's something wrong with Mom's insides.
Jake Tremont: It isn't cancer is it?
John Tremont: No, it's not.
Jake Tremont: That cancer is a killer. Your Uncle Ben had five operations. Didn't do a damn thing for him. If they tell you, you have cancer, you might as well pack your bags.
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Featured in The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) See more »


Nice Dreams
Written by Joel DuBay, Jeffrey Litke & Adrian Liberty
Performed by Powermad
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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18 August 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Jack Lemmon is magnificent in this touching family drama from television creator Gary David Goldberg (Family Ties) about an overworked son, (Danson) not having seen his father (Lemmon) for over two years, is shocked to discover how deteriorated his father has become under the over-protective eye of his mother (Dukakis). Lovely musical score provided by James Horner.

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