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I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

GP | | Drama | June 1971 (UK)
A man who wants to move on with his life by moving to California and marry his girlfriend, finds it difficult as he still lives in the towering shadow of his aging father.

Director:

Gilbert Cates

Writers:

Robert Anderson, Robert Anderson (based on "I Never Sang For My Father" by)
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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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Strangers See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (still photograph)| Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Widmark was playwright Robert Anderson's first choice for the son role in both the theatrical and film versions of the play. One proposal had Fredric March as the father, another had it as a TV special with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as the parents. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Garrison: Look how he walks. Like a brigadier general. He may not always remember where he is going, but he always goes there with a firm step.
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Connections

Referenced in Murphy Brown: I Never Sang for My Husband (1992) See more »

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Strangers
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Sung by Roy Clark
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Worrisome and moving film about father-son relationship.
2 September 2006 | by DeusvoltSee all my reviews

I saw this movie as a very young man with a father who was growing very old. Even then it worried me as it reminded me of my relationship with my own father who had complained that we weren't spending as much time together as in my boyhood. Remembering this film now with three grown sons makes me wonder if they suffer from the same contradictory feelings I had for my father at their ages.

And this is exactly what makes this film great. It essays the human condition in its stark reality.

Quite frankly I wouldn't have seen this film if I didn't know Gene Hackman from his French Connection series. Oh, I knew it would be some kind of very talky drama but just the same I wanted to see how he would do in such a story. He did very well.

If you are curious about the title see my question in the discussion board and the compleat answer by Cassandra.

If you like themes like this see also Death of a Salesman (the version with Frederic March) and Nothing in Common (Tom Hanks).


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