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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cast mates Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, & Joe Grifasi are also "Batman" Series alumni - albeit in separate movies. Pfeiffer was Catwoman/ Selina Kyle in "Batman Returns"; Clooney was Batman/ Bruce Wayne in "Batman & Robin"; Grifasi was The Bank Security Guard in the opening sequence of "Batman Forever". 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: Your Peter Pan complex is so 90s.
Jack: What Peter Pan complex?
Melanie: The one you're so proud of.
Jack: Do you have any friends?
Melanie: I don't have time for friends.
Jack: That's because of your Captain Hook complex.
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Isn't It Romantic?
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
Courtesy of Verve Records
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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For once, a throwback which doesn't grate
28 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

When movies of today try and capture that "old-fashioned" feeling, usually it's the "values" that they're trying to recapture, forgetting that if you don't make a good movie, what you're left with is two hours of preaching. This movie, on the other hand, may be trying to capture that "old-fashioned" feeling, but the values it's after are the values of craftsmanship and intelligence, two things rarely seen in comedies these days. Oh, yes, and chemistry; Clooney and Pfeiffer have it in spades here. The fact that it's set among the world of working parents and, for the most part, tries to get the details right, also helps. And, oh yeah, it's funny. It is a little cloying at times, and the end feels abrupt, but overall this is a pleasing movie.

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