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Parents (1989)

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A young boy living in 1950s suburbia begins to wonder where his parents get their meat from...

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Lily Laemle
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Sheila Zellner (as Juno Mills-Cockell)
Kathryn Grody ...
Miss Baxter
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Mr. Zellner
Helen Carscallen ...
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Michael Laemie (played by Brian Madorsky) is a young boy living in a typical 1950's suburbanite home... except for his bizarre and horrific nightmares, and continued unease around his parents. Especially his father, Nick Laemie (played by Randy Quaid). Young Michael begins to suspect his parents are cooking more than just hamburgers on the grill outside, but has trouble explaining his fears to his new-found friend Sheila, or the school's social worker. Written by Jeff Mercer <riffer@afn.org>

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27 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hús a húsból  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$870,532 (USA)
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The film's appropriately bizarre title for its Germany release was 'Daddy ist ein Kannibale', or 'Daddy is a Cannibal!' See more »

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Sixteen minutes into the movie, Michael comes home early from school, surprising his father who comes up from the basement with a bottle of wine. He announces that the wine is a Chateau Margaux, which must breathe. Clearly the bottle is not from Bordeaux but has the sloped shoulders of a Burgundy wine. Later, the wine label is seen on the dinner table where the word "Beaujolais" can be clearly read. See more »

Quotes

Nick Laemle: Michael, are you ready to behave? I thought I tell you a little story. Want to hear a story. I tell you a little story and I want you to shut up until I'm finished.
Michael Laemle: [Tied to a chair by his father] You eat people.
Nick Laemle: I've been watching you, Michael. You're an outsider, you're not like them. You're like us.
Michael Laemle: I don't love you any more.
Lily Laemle: Yes you do.
Nick Laemle: We're bound for life, no matter how much you hate us.
Nick Laemle: [as he slowly unties Michael] I'm untying, and when you're free. You can sit down with us an eat, or ...
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Music by Angelo Badalamenti and Frank Stanton
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Beautiful in its Completely Demented Nature
27 March 1999 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

As I watched this film, I thought, if I was a kid around Michael's age watching this film, it would give me nightmares for years. Some good-natured books stir up the imaginations of youngsters with the possibilities of what our parents really do when they're supposedly at work--this movie takes those possibilities to an incredibly dark level.

Even though I'm supposedly all grown up, I found this to be one of the most disturbing films I've ever seen. The film is incredibly stylish and expressionistic, surprisingly so. I personally think it would be hard finding compelling aesthetics in suburbia, but the director of this movie does it well.

There are some humorous moments (thanks for the tension release), but it is incredibly dark humor. I can't help but think the director might be a "graduate" of the "school" of David Lynch. Overall, an incredible, creepy movie that deserves to be seen at least once.


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