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I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

GP | | Drama, Music | June 1971 (UK)
A man living in the towering shadow of his aging father finds it difficult to start a new chapter in his life by marrying his girlfriend and moving to California.

Director:

Gilbert Cates

Writers:

Robert Anderson, Robert Anderson (based on "I Never Sang For My Father" by)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Melvyn Douglas ... Tom Garrison
Gene Hackman ... Gene Garrison
Dorothy Stickney ... Margaret Garrison
Estelle Parsons ... Alice
Elizabeth Hubbard Elizabeth Hubbard ... Peggy
Lovelady Powell Lovelady Powell ... Norma
Daniel Keyes Daniel Keyes ... Dr. Mayberry
Conrad Bain ... Rev. Pell
Jon Richards Jon Richards ... Marvin Scott
Nikki Counselman Nikki Counselman ... Waitress
Carol Peterson Carol Peterson ... 1st Nurse
Sloane Shelton ... 2nd Nurse
James Karen ... Old Age Home Director
Gene Williams Gene Williams ... State Hospital Director
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Storyline

Hackman plays a New York professor who wants a change in his life, and plans to get married to his girlfriend and move to California. His mother understands his need to get away, but warns him that moving so far away could be hard on his father. Just before the wedding, the mother dies. Hackman's sister (who has been disowned by their father for marrying a Jewish man) advises him to live his own life, and not let himself be controlled by their father. Written by Kristian Krokfoss <krokus@online.no>

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Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Estelle Parsons plays Gene Hackman's sister, having teamed with him in 'Bonnie and Clyde' where she played his wife. See more »

Quotes

Gene Garrison: Death ends a life. But it does not end a relationship;which struggles on the survivor's mind,toward some resolution,which it may never find.
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Connections

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Jessica Walter (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Strangers
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Sung by Roy Clark
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The title is haunting and sad...
26 July 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

as are the performances of Gene Hackman and Melvyn Douglas, who portray an alienated father and son, brought together after the death of Hackman's wife, and as his father is becoming in need of more medical assistance and attention.

Anyone who has taken care of an elderly parent may be heartbroken by the performances in this film, as I was. Melvyn Douglas is at once critical, angry and resentful of his son, yet still hopes for his love, in the end. Gene Hackman is torn, whether to sacrifice his life, and ultimately feel better, having done the "right thing" or to marry his new fiancée.

Estelle Parsons is always affecting, as she advises Hackman to "live his own life- why bother..." Therein lies the dilemma; people have to sort through issues like this everyday- there are no concrete answers. Highly recommended. 9/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Strangers See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$847,809
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (still photograph)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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