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One Fine Day (1996)

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The lives of two strangers and their young children unexpectedly intersect on one hectic, stressful day in New York City.


Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yates, Jr.
Elaine Lieberman
Manny Feldstein
Pete Hamill ...
Frank Burroughs
Metro Reporter
Barry Kivel ...
Yates, Sr.
Smith Leland


Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left unexpectedly with Maggie and forgets that Melanie was to take her to school. As a result, both children miss their school field trip and are stuck with the parents. The two adults project their negative stereotypes of ex-spouses on each other, but end up needing to rely on each other to watch the children as each must save his job. Humor is added by Sammy's propensity for lodging objects in his nose and Maggie's tendency to wander. Written by John H. Henderson <johnh@eng.auburn.edu>

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She was having a perfectly bad day... Then he came along and spoiled it.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un beau jour  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,226,430, 22 December 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film contains 5 actors who starred in comic-book movies: George Clooney in Batman and Robin (1997) one year later, Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns (1992) four years prior, Joe Grifasi in Batman Forever (1995), and Michael Massee in The Crow (1994) two years prior. While Clooney played the the hero Batman in his comic-book film, Pfeiffer and Massee played the villains Catwoman and Funboy in theirs also Mae Whitman played in another comic book movie Scott Pilgram vs the world... See more »


When Michelle Pfeiffer is in the taxi with George Clooney's phone, he calls her up to give her messages. She then acts totally surprised that they mixed up their cell phones and she has his, but then continues to say he has a meeting at 4, indicating she already knew she had his phone by mistake because she took a phone call for him. See more »


[Melanie dials her cell phone]
Jack Taylor: Hello?
Melanie: Hi, it's me.
Jack Taylor: Me who?
Melanie: You have the kids?
Jack Taylor: What kids?
Melanie: [stands, alarmed] You didn't pick up the kids?
[Sammy and Maggie both yell "Hi" into the phone along with Jack]
Jack Taylor: Oh, you mean those kids.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


What a Diff'rence a Day Made
Written by María Grever and Stanley Adams
Performed by Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett appears courtesy of Columbia Records
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A very fine movie in every way
28 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Jack (George Clooney) is a divorced journalist with a daughter named Maggie. When his former wife goes on her honeymoon with husband number two, Jack is left in charge of Maggie, something that does not occur very often. He has instructions to pick up a classmate of Maggie's but fails to arrive on time. Nevertheless, Jack does meet up with the boy and his mother, Melanie (Michelle Pfeiffer) at the school. All of them have missed the bus to the class field trip. Melanie is miffed and she and Jack have it out. However, during the course of the day, they will need each other and meet again at various times. Will Melanie stay angry with charming Jack forever? This adorable movie will be an enduring favorite for the next century and beyond. The two stars are so gorgeous and the youngsters playing the children are huggable beyond words. The plot is a string of funny encounters between Jack and Melanie, at the day care center, at the ice cream parlor, at a soccer game and more. Are you looking for a top of the line romantic comedy to vanquish the blues? Look no further, this is it!

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