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 »


Bette Tremont: He keeps coming into my bed at night. When your father gets excited nothing is going to stop him.
John Tremont: [looks shocked]
Bette Tremont: Oh, grow up.
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Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) 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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Sensational, true-life!

This movie was one of the most sensational drama movies I have ever seen. It is so true with real-life experiences, and it is sure to touch you emotionally. It is a story about how spending all of your life chasing the almighty $dollar$ and success can certainly have great drawbacks. It is a prime example of how success should not be determined by how much money you make, but by what you have to give up in order to achieve it. In this case, it was Ted Dansen's family that was given up. This movie can be related to on a personal level with almost anyone. It is certain to bring tears to your eyes, and make you want to pick up that phone...and make those calls you have put off for so long.

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