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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »


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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Still remember the music and the scenes after all these years!
3 July 2000 | by (SF, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was an undergraduate student. Man, this has to be one of the most touching movie that I have ever seen! Even after all these years, I could still vividly remember the scenes and the music. Especially the music theme is turly well-done (simple tune, but very emotional and powerful!) this movie is one of my all time fave!

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