Dad (1989)

PG  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  10 November 1989 (USA)
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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)
Art Frankel ...
DMV Instructor
Ray Girardin ...


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 <>

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


Drama | Comedy


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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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In one scene, Mario (Kevin Spacey) is wearing a Chatsworth jacket. Spacey is a graduate of Chatsworth High School. See more »


Mario: Come on, Mom, get in the hearse.
Bette Tremont: You'd like that, wouldn't you?
Mario: I'm sorry, it was a slip of the tongue.
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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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It is incredible. Jack Lemmon was incredible.
18 March 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I was riveted, absorbed, thinking of my family, but not depressed. I wish my dad had lived into old age and hadn't died so early. I thought the movie was magical in exploring how personal dreams and thoughts can keep us alive even when our regular lives are unsatisfying, like Dad's (Jack Lemmon's) fantasy life on the farm. I found myself understanding that I had done that too

A fantastic movie. Every person who is a member of a family will get something from this movie.

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