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The Impossible Years (1968)

The eldest daughter of a Professor of Psychology at a large conservative university causes havoc, and great embarrassment, for her father with her free-willed and uninhibited lifestyle.


Michael Gordon


Bob Fisher (play), Arthur Marx (play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Jonathan Kingsley
Lola Albright ... Alice Kingsley
Chad Everett ... Richard Merrick
Ozzie Nelson ... Dr. Herbert Fleischer
Cristina Ferrare ... Linda Kingsley
Jeff Cooper ... Bartholmew Smuts
John Harding John Harding ... Dean Harvey Rockwell
Rich Chalet Rich Chalet ... Freddie Fleischer
Michael McGreevey ... Andy McClaine
Darleen Carr ... Abbey Kingsley
Don Beddoe ... Dr. Elliot Fish
Louise Lorimer ... Mrs. Celia Fish
Karen Norris Karen Norris ... Mrs. Rockwell
Susan French ... Miss Hammer
Trudi Ames Trudi Ames ... Francine


The eldest daughter of a Professor of Psychology at a large conservative university causes havoc, and great embarrassment, for her father with her free-willed and uninhibited lifestyle.

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The Battle of the Ages! The Undergraduates vs. The Over-Thirties!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

5 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Minha Filha é Um Problema See more »

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Production Co:

Marten Pictures See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on a Broadway play of the same title that opened at the Playhouse Theatre, 137 W. 48th St., on October 13, 1965 and ran for 670 performances. This was the last play at the theater which was demolished in 1969 for an expansion to Rockefeller Center. See more »


Abbey (Darleen Carr) sits on the stairs to watch the confrontation between her father and the three boys he plans to question about their relationship with her sister. Her mother orders her out to the pool, and just as she does so, the shadow of the boom microphone passes over the banister behind Abbey. See more »


Abbey Kingsley: [on witnessing Dr. Kingsley questioning Linda about who took her virginity] Boy, this beats the bejaggers out of Fanny Hill!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits appear as signs on sticks mimicking the ones being held by student protesters in the background. See more »


Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »


The Impossible Years
Words and Music by The Tokens
Sung by The Cowsills
Courtesy of MGM Records
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David Niven's finest comic performance--a must see!
15 February 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

I can't remember the last time I laughed so heartily and often during a movie as I did while watching The Impossible Years. The play, written by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher, was a smashing success on Broadway, and when Hollywood came calling, it couldn't have found a more perfect lead than David Niven. Without him, the movie-no matter how funny George Wells's script adaptation was-wouldn't have been very good. It shows off his incredible comic timing like no other movie ever has, and even though he's a wonderful dramatic actor, this hilarious performance is one of his best. Simply put, The Niv is amazing.

He plays a college professor and psychiatrist, working with Chad Everett to write a book called The Impossible Years about how to successfully raise teenagers during the spirited 1960s. Of course, Niven's oldest daughter, Cristina Ferrare, drives her parents crazy with her free-loving rebellious teenage behavior. Ironically, the plot reminds me of Shirley Temple's Kiss and Tell-a rambunctious teenage girl has a silly boyfriend next door but longs to grow up, the parents and neighbors fight about whose kid is a bad influence on the other, and they were both based off fast-paced, situationally comedic Broadway plays-which Niven starred in the sequel to.

Yes, the plot is a little dated, since teenage problems have changed since the 1960s, but as long as you remember how things were, or can imagine, you'll be able to appreciate the hilarity behind the script. The quick-paced jokes, silly gags, and set-ups that pay off are all extremely funny, but again, without David Niven, it would have dragged. He's energetic, flawless without coming across as rehearsed, and utterly believable as a frazzled dad who can't get a handle on his kids. This could become your favorite David Niven movie, and if it's the first of his you watch, this role will be the one you always associate him with. Taking off my love goggles for a moment, because I'm the first to admit I'm biased when it concerns The Niv, this is still an incredibly funny movie starring a very talented comic actor. Hands down, it's one of my favorite of his movies. But if you watch it, get ready to put on your own pair of love goggles.

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