IMDb > Parenthood (1989)
Parenthood
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Parenthood (1989) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 31 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
Parenthood -- Trailer for Parenthood
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.

Overview

User Rating:
7.0/10   32,111 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 15% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers (WGA):
Lowell Ganz (story) &
Babaloo Mandel (story) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Parenthood on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
2 August 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It could happen to you. See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Thoroughly enjoyable comedy drama See more (116 total) »

Cast

  (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)

Directed by
Ron Howard 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
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)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
124 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The redhead girl in the audience at the play is Ron Howard's daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When leaving with Tod, Julie takes her bag twice.See more »
Quotes:
Helen:Open this door! Goddamnit! I was just like a little respect! Not alot, just a little! Do you know why I'm having sex with machinery? Because your father went to have a party and I stayed to raise two kids, and I HAVE NO LIFE!See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Close To YouSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Thoroughly enjoyable comedy drama, 7 April 2006
Author: Bjorn (ODDBear) from Iceland

Parenthood is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy drama that you feel doesn't take as many convenient short cuts as many family movies do. Everyone has a colorful family to some extent; most (I hope) are full of good natured people but there are always rotten apples floating around.

Director Ron Howard puts many lives on display and different challenges each one faces and every one of these inspections have something to offer. Steve Martin's reactions to his older son's adjustment problems are very well realized, with many humorous moments, to be sure, but at the core is a maturely handled and moving segment, and Martin has rarely been better.

Diane Wiest's family drama consists of her inability to communicate properly to her two teenage children; the daughter a temperamental rebel with a "loser" boyfriend, the son a nearly recluse loner with raging hormones who thinks something is wrong with him (what guy hasn't been there at least once?). Superb performances form Wiest and (yes, surprisingly) Keanu Reeves really fuel this story which never loses itself despite seeing many humorous aspects in a rather depressing household.

Jason Robards plays the family father who hasn't been all that good to his children since...well ever, and he faces a tough assignment when he has to admit to himself that one of his children, who has learned the most from him, is heading into disaster fast. The scene where he asks Steve Martin for advice is a moving scene in so many ways; it's never too late for an old dog to learn new tricks.

Rick Moranis's tale of his insanely intellectual daughter is my least favorite but it does have a very charming conclusion. And that granny is priceless.

Parenthood may be even better for those who have children and can identify with some situations depicted here but as for me, I think I can learn a thing or two for years to come.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (116 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Parenthood (1989)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
can't work because I'm pregnant tchr88
roller coaster merry go round exchange tecumseh88
Why did they make Steve Martin's character 35? sharkwrestling-832-699433
Not Dated At All... dabukaba
Photos Mix Up Scene Christof_McShine
Isn't this a great movie? kansascity
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Brokeback Mountain The Kids Are All Right Sunshine Cleaning Easy A The Celebration
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.