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Parenthood -- The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.
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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) &
Babaloo Mandel (story) ...
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Release Date:
2 August 1989 (USA) See more »
It could happen to you. See more »
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. 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 Buckman

Mary Steenburgen ... Karen Buckman

Dianne Wiest ... Helen Buckman

Jason Robards ... Frank Buckman

Rick Moranis ... Nathan Huffner

Tom Hulce ... Larry Buckman

Martha Plimpton ... Julie Buckman

Keanu Reeves ... Tod Higgins

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

Dennis Dugan ... David Brodsky

Joaquin Phoenix ... Garry Buckman (as Leaf Phoenix)

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

Jasen Fisher ... Kevin Buckman

Paul Linke ... George Bowman

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

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

Rance Howard ... Dean at College

Max Elliott Slade ... Young Gil Buckman

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 Buckman - 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 Buckman
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 
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 .... sound 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)
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
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
G.E. Baldwin .... location assistant
Sondra Dee Boyachek .... assistant production coordinator
Jeff Cannon .... production assistant
Marion C. Chavarie .... production assistant (as Marion Cotto Chavarie)
Peggy Coleman .... location manager
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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Helen Shaw's final film role.See more »
Continuity: When Gil and Kevin are playing the arcade game "Bad Dudes", the arcade game to the left, known as "The Main Event", is powered off at the beginning of the scene and then is powered on in the last shot.See more »
[after his wife just told him she's pregnant with their 4th child]
Gil:Well, great! Let's see how I can screw the fourth one up! Hey, let's have five. Let's have six. Let's have a dozen and pretend they're donuts!
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67 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Are you someone's parent? Are you someone's child? SEE THIS MOVIE!!, 18 April 2001
Author: Paul Dana ( from San Francisco, CA, USA

When "Parenthood" first came out, I did my level best to avoid it, certain that it seeing it would be roughly akin to being embalmed with maple syrup. Then came that dreadfully slow night at home a couple of years later, faced with a choice on the ol' tube between endless reruns of "Three's Company" and HBO showing -- oh, no! -- "Parenthood." So I clicked on HBO, gritted my teeth, prepared for the worst . . .

And was wrong.

Ron Howard is one savvy filmmaker. Maybe one of the savviest, I'm not sure. But I do know that, to make "Parenthood," he combined his savvy with all the heart he could muster (which was plenty, apparently) and that the result is a masterpiece.

Virtually every aspect of parenting is examined; moreover, it is done in a way that -- miracle of miracles! -- causes you to think, and to feel, every bit as much as it makes you laugh. Throat lumping up? Not to worry, here comes another belly-laugh to smooth it out.

The key to the film's message may lie with Jason Robards' speech --"There's no goal line in parenting, no end zone where you spike the ball and that's it . . ." -- or it may lie with Keanu Reeves -- "You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to drive a car or buy a dog . . ." -- or it may simply be Gil Buckman's (Steve Martin) heroism in salvaging his emotionally disturbed son's birthday party; then again, it might be embodied in the frantic, stressed out stoicism of Dianne Wiest's single mom character as she comes to grips with her teenage daughter's choices and impending motherhood. But wherever you find it herein, the message is simple and profound: Parenthood is nothing less than heroism on a daily basis. Quiet, unheralded, underappreciated heroism.

One of the finest things about this movie is that nobody steps out of character. There are no miraculous revelations, no nick-of-time cavalry charges or character transformations. Characters here solve their individual dilemmas by growing WITHIN their characters. And realistically, at that.

It's been said that a really good story leaves its author crying as he/she writes the final pages. Sometimes -- not often enough -- a really good movie can leave a reviewer the same way as he finishes his commentary, crying and laughing simultaneously.

Well, don't just stand there! Someone get me a Kleenex!!

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