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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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John Tremont
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Bette Tremont
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Annie
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Mario
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Billy
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Dr. Chad
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Dr. Santana
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Dr. Ethridge
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Dr. Delibro
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Victor Walton
Bill Morey ...
Hal McCarthy
Mary Fogarty ...
Gloria McCarthy (as Mary Fogerty)
Art Frankel ...
DMV Instructor
Ray Girardin ...
Butcher
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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 <jlshan@ix.netcom.com>

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

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Drama | Comedy

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10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mon père  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,738,015 (USA)
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Trivia

Dad (1989) star Jack Lemmon had earlier in the 1980s decade played a parent looking for his son in Missing (1982), and a father of the priesthood in Mass Appeal (1984). All three cinema movies were all produced and/or distributed by the Universal Pictures studio. Lemmon had also recently played the head of a family in Blake Edwards' That's Life! (1986). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

John Tremont: [In his parents house] This place hasn't changed a bit.
Annie: Yeah, it's going as is to the Smithsonian.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Final Sacrifice (1998) See more »

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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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Dad
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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