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Parenthood -- The Buckman family is a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.


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Writers (WGA):
Lowell Ganz (story) &
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Release Date:
2 August 1989 (USA) See more »
It could happen to you. See more »
The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve Martin ... Gil

Mary Steenburgen ... Karen

Dianne Wiest ... Helen

Jason Robards ... Frank

Rick Moranis ... Nathan

Tom Hulce ... Larry

Martha Plimpton ... Julie

Keanu Reeves ... Tod

Harley Jane Kozak ... Susan (as Harley Kozak)

Dennis Dugan ... David Brodsky

Joaquin Phoenix ... Garry (as Leaf Phoenix)

Eileen Ryan ... Marilyn
Helen Shaw ... Grandma

Jasen Fisher ... Kevin

Paul Linke ... George Bowman

Alisan Porter ... Taylor
Zachary La Voy ... Justin (as Zachary Lavoy)

Ivyann Schwan ... Patty
Alex Burrall ... Cool
Lowell Ganz ... Stan

Rance Howard ... Dean at College

Max Elliott Slade ... Young Gil

Clint Howard ... Lou
Lamont Lofton ... Fotomat Clerk
Erika Rafuls ... Amy
Jordan Kessler ... Matt
Billy Cohen ... Eddie
Isabel Cooley ... Barbara Rice
Greg Gerard ... Doctor Lucas

Paul Keeley ... Kevin Age 21
Walter von Huene ... Opposing Coach (as Walter Von)
W. Bruce O'Donoghue ... Umpire
Claudio Jacobellis ... Student 1 at College
Hillary Matthews ... Student 2 at College (as Hilary Matthews)
Sherry Ferguson ... Screaming Co-ed
Todd Hallowell ... Track Official
Maxie Pontius ... Safety Man at Track

Richard Kuhlman ... Young Frank
Brittany Paige Bouck ... Dwarf (as Brittany Bouck)
Jonathan Bouck ... Dwarf
Michael Mickens ... Dwarf
Aspen Autrey ... Dwarf
Lloyd Cleek ... Miles
Dana Mark ... Audrey
Louisa Marie ... Woman Teacher #1
Cyndi Vicino ... Woman Teacher #2
Steve Zurk ... Highway Policeman
Emil Felski ... Doctor at Hospital

Charmin Lee ... Nurse at Hospital (as Charmin Talbert)
Julie Lander ... Student in Hallway
Janet Moore ... Irate Woman in Audience
Connie Adams ... Cindy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bryce Dallas Howard ... Redheaded Audience Girl (unconfirmed)
Matt Baylis ... Kid in Auditorium (uncredited)

Howie Dorough ... Kid in Classroom (uncredited)

Jill Gable ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Robert Ghost ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Danny Gura ... Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
Ernie Robinson ... Track Official (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Howard 
Writing credits
Lowell Ganz (story) &
Babaloo Mandel (story) &
Ron Howard (story)

Lowell Ganz (screenplay) &
Babaloo Mandel (screenplay)

Produced by
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... executive producer
Brian Grazer .... producer
Original Music by
Randy Newman 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Daniel P. Hanley  (as Daniel Hanley)
Mike Hill  (as Michael Hill)
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
Todd Hallowell 
Art Direction by
Christopher Nowak 
Set Decoration by
Nina Ramsey 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist
Donna Battersby Greene .... hair stylist (as Donna Green)
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist: Mr. Martin
Linda Trainoff .... hair stylist: Mr. Martin
Peter Wrona Jr. .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Adler .... second assistant director
Randy N. Barbee .... second second assistant director
Joe Napolitano .... first assistant director
Walter von Huene .... second unit director (as Walter Von Huene)
Art Department
John Balling .... scenic chargeman
Lewis Bowen .... stand-by scenic artist
William A. Cimino .... set dresser
J. Patrick Coll .... property assistant
Harold Collins .... construction coordinator (as Harold Collins Jr.)
James P. Crapser .... propmaker
Peter Damien .... head carpenter
Nicklas Farrantello .... set dresser (as Nicklas Farrentello)
Beth Kuhn .... assistant art director
Linda Marais .... set dresser
Danny Rogers .... graphic designer
Nicholas J. Romanac .... property master
Dick Tice .... lead dresser
Norman E. Weber .... painter leadman
O.C. Whiddon .... construction foreman
Roger Ragland .... lead man (uncredited)
Alan S. Reynolds .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Sean Albertson .... apprentice sound editor
Kevin Cerchiai .... utility sound
Kam Chan .... assistant sound editor
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Richard S. Church .... sound mixer
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor
Rick Dior .... re-recording mixer
Dan Edelstein .... assistant sound editor (as Daniel Edelstein)
Glen Gauthier .... boom operator
Michael Jacobi .... supervising adr editor
Ron Kalish .... sound editor
Richard King .... assistant adr editor
Sue Malfitano .... apprentice sound editor (as Susan Malfitano)
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... sound editor
Basil Pappas .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Bob Cooper .... special effects
Kevin Harris .... special effects
Tom Akos .... stunts
Tom Bahr .... stunts
Nathalie Bechard .... stunts
Robert Bollinger .... stunts
Dennis Deveaugh .... stunts
Alex Edlin .... stunts
Kelly Erin .... stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunts (as Bobby Jauregui)
Artie Malesci .... stunt coordinator
Colette Mining .... stunts
Jim O'Rear .... stunts
Todd Seeley .... stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunt double: Steve Martin (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David S. Campbell .... first Steadicam assistant (as David Campbell)
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer
James P. Crapser .... set grip (as Jim Crapser)
Richard Falk Jr. .... best boy electric (as Rick Falk Jr.)
Richard Falk .... gaffer (as Dick Falk Sr.)
C.W. Fallin .... additional camera operator: second unit
Luke Halprin .... electrician
Edward Knott III .... dolly grip
Ed Knott Jr. .... key grip
Kevin Knott .... set grip
Francis Ladeira .... rigging electrician (as Frank Ladeira)
Mollie S. Mallinger .... camera trainee
Joe Mast .... grip
Shawn McFall .... set grip
Patrick K. Meng .... electrician (as Patrick Meng)
John C. Moulds .... first assistant camera
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera (as Gary A. Muller)
Casey Osborne .... rigging grip
George Patsos .... key grip
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator
Doug Schwartz .... second assistant camera (as Douglas Schwartz)
Rob Scott .... electrician
Thomas Smaling .... best boy grip
William Smaling .... electrician (as Bill Smaling)
Egon Stephan Jr. .... second assistant camera (as Egon Stephan)
Craig Tonkin .... rigging grip
Robert Ulland .... Steadicam operator (as Bob Ulland)
Gary Ware .... electrician
Bob Wright .... additional second assistant camera
Norman Zuckerman .... rigging electrician
James Neihouse .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Robin Joy Allan .... casting associate (as Robin Allan)
Jill Gable .... extras casting assistant
Ellen Jacoby .... location extras casting
Mary K. Krausmann .... casting assistant: Florida (as Mary Krausman)
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Binder .... costumer: women
Kathy Bird .... assistant costumer
Mark Burchard .... costumer: men
Jim McEwen .... assistant costumer
Lillian Pan .... assistant costume designer
Dennis Schoonderwoerd .... costumer: Mr. Martin
Editorial Department
Guy Barresi .... assistant editor
Dale Caldwell .... color timer
Carolyn Calvert .... assistant editor (as Carolyn Horton)
Bob Hagans .... color timer
Ray Sabo .... negative cutter
Gaston Santiso .... assistant editor
David Siegel .... assistant editor
Location Management
G.E. Baldwin .... location assistant
Peggy Coleman .... location manager
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor
Patricia Carlin .... assistant music editor (as Patty Carlin)
George Doering .... musician
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Becky Mancuso-Winding .... music consultant (as Becky Mancuso)
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
Lenny Waronker .... soundtrack album producer
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
E.W. 'Sonny' Adkins .... transportation coordinator
Ralph Astarita .... transportation co-captain
Ted Basso .... production van driver operator
Bill Battles .... transportation captain
Steve Duff .... driver
Doug Wilson .... driver: cast
John Wiser .... picture vehicles (as John Wizer)
Other crew
Mary Antinozzi .... production assistant
Ty Arnold .... production assistant
Sondra Dee Boyachek .... assistant production coordinator
Jeff Cannon .... production assistant
Marion C. Chavarie .... production assistant (as Marion Cotto Chavarie)
Joseph Esposito .... craft service
Dean Garvin .... production assistant
John Gaskin .... accountant
Susan Gee .... production financing
David J. Grant .... assistant: J. Caracciolo (as David Grant)
Wendi Haas .... production coordinator
Greg Hale .... production assistant
Megan Harris .... production assistant
Dennis A. Krick .... payroll
Andrew Lipschultz .... unit publicist
Polly Ann Mattson .... production assistant
Kathleen McGill .... account controller
Carol Richbart .... production assistant
Patty Rivers Schisler .... assistant accountant (as Patricia Rivers Gillis)
Cynthia Streit .... script supervisor
Marilyn J. Tillman .... craft service (as Marilyn Tillman)
Rose Topping .... production assistant
Jim Tosney .... production assistant
Louisa Velis .... production associate
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
Joseph Bearman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jesse Blanco .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Iller .... production assistant (uncredited)
Maria Alaina Mason .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert Truett .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Matthew T. Weiner .... production assistant (uncredited)

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124 min
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Did You Know?

This movie was made into two different television series: "Parenthood" (1990), which starred Ed Begley Jr., Jayne Atkinson, and a young Leonardo DiCaprio and was cancelled after only 12 episodes in 1990; and "Parenthood" (2010), starring Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, and Dax Shepard, and which ran from March 2, 2010 until January 29, 2015.See more »
Continuity: When Helen gets out of the car after her carnival date with Mr. Bowman, she's wearing tan shoes. When she enters her house a minute later, she's wearing white shoes.See more »
Nathan:[after inspecting Susan's diaphragm and finding a hole] Well?
Susan Buckman Merrick:Why are you pouring water through my diaphragm?
Nathan:To check. To see if it's OK. You didn't know I did that, did you?
Susan Buckman Merrick:No.
Nathan:Obviously not or you wouldn't have tried this.
Susan Buckman Merrick:Are you accusing me of making that hole?
Nathan:No, a woodpecker came in here, went into the bathroom, opened the drawer with his little wing and pecked a couple of holes in your diaphragm!
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding!, 20 April 2003
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

This is a wonderful film that takes full advantage of both a great script and an outstanding cast. It shows, with equal measure, the joys and pain of parenting. We see great examples of dysfunction and love. It is sentimental, but not to the point of being unreal.

Steve Martin gives a tremendous performance as a father, who wants to be everything that he feels his father wasn't: loving, caring, and involved in his children's lives in a positive manner. He is torn between his duties as a provider and the need to be there for his children. Mary Steenburgen is wonderful, as always, as a devoted wife and mother. She tries to keep her family on an even keel and to soothe their anxieties, her husband included. She conveys so much with just body language and has a smile that seems to come from her soul. Jason Robards is his usual powerful self, as the patriarch who made himself a success, but at the expense of his family. He recognizes his mistakes and finds a chance to make some amends in his twilight years.

Diana Weist is the single mother, trying to provide for her troubled children, and find some life for herself. She wants to give her kids what they want, but is torn between giving to them and watching them make mistakes. Rick Moranis is the parent who wants their child to succeed, to the point of smothering their childhood. He wants the best for his child, but fails to see that childhood should be as much about play and new experiences, as it is about education. His wife wants the same, but wants their daughter to be a little girl, too. She also wants another child, but feels that she is alone in this area and is losing her husband. Tom Hulce is the irresponsible, youngest sibling, who has run off whenever things have become too tough. Things get tough when you are a parent, and he stays true to form.

The young actors are all tremendously talented and the little ones are quite cute. It is no surprise that these performances are so good, given that the director was a child actor himself. Ron Howard really knows how to bring the best out of young actors, as well as their adult counterparts.

There is so much to savor in this film. There are great laughs and touching moments. There is drama and satire. There is the joy of watching great character actors display their craft. There are the clearly defied roles, with great complexity, that are easy to identify with.

This is a film that all parents should see. Kids should see this, when they are old enough to understand the sacrifices that their parents make for them and why they make the decisions that they do. Parenting: it's the toughest job you'll ever love!

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