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Nothing in Common (1986)

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A highly successful advertising executive decides to put his job on hold after getting an update from his father that he and his wife are divorced and decides to extend his break after revealing that his father is a diabetic.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Basner
... Max Basner
... Lorraine Basner
... Charlie Gargas
... Andrew Woolridge
... Donna Mildred Martin
... Cheryl Ann Wayne
... Shelley the Stewardess
... Roger the Commercial Director
Carol Messing ... David's Secretary
Bill Applebaum ... Ted Geller
Mona Lyden ... Mishi
... Cameron
Julio Alonso ... Rick
... Dale
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Storyline

David Basner is a successful advertising executive who has it all: Money, happiness, and women who want him. Then one day his world falls apart when his mother leaves his father. Now, he must balance his life between his mother, who is happy with her newfound independence, and his father, a recently laid off salesman who is hard-headed, stubborn, and hides a lot from David. Now David must cope with the downfall of his family and his life. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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It's a comedy. And a drama. Just like life. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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30 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nada en común  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,279,650, 3 August 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,324,557
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1.85 : 1
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One of two mid-late 1980s cinema movies mainly about the relationship between a father and his son, where in both pictures the middle-aged child must care for the family patriarch. The films are Dad (1989) and Nothing in Common (1986). See more »

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David's Jeep has an automatic transmission in some scenes, a manual transmission in others. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Gargas: At the end, I had my father in a nursing home. I gave him the best doctors in Illinois. He was a little senile... not much. I never spent much time with him. I was too busy. Finally, when I got around to seeing him, he didn't recognize me. Till the day he died, he didn't know who the hell I was.
David Basner: Here I thought you were the perfect son, Charlie.
Charlie Gargas: No. They told me there was only one of those guys. Listen, you take care of what you've got to take care of. I'll take care of Woolridge.
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Nothing In Common
Written by Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie
Performed by The Thompson Twins
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Lots of talent, script a little facile
18 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

The film begins with a barrage of wit from Tom Hanks as an adman whose business is creativity. And indeed why should he not be witty? But then we meet his father, who is on his way to dying the death of a salesman, and his father is just as brilliantly witty. The lines just aren't lines that ordinary people could come up with. Everyone is a little too quick with the comedy, and when the comedy pauses, everyone is a little too quick to come up with the deep but gracefully phrased emotional revelations. And yet the movie is long; though most of the large cast of characters is quite undeveloped, still the script has a mighty load of relationships: Hanks with his father, Hanks with his mother (not so much), Hanks with two different girlfriends, the father with the mother, Hanks with his boss, and Hanks with the big client. The big client is perhaps the worst: the stereotype of the big blowhard who is charmed when you call him a big blowhard to his face.

I think there were two movies here: the one about the workplace, with a little subplot about the father; and the one about the father, with a little subplot about the workplace. I suspect, with no huge evidence, that someone had an emotional investment in not leaving material out. Some of the details have the ring of autobiography.

Several big talents appear in the movie: not only Jackie Gleason, Tom Hanks, and Eva Marie Saint but also Hector Elizondo and, in a tiny role, Dan Castellaneta. Nobody does anything here that he hasn't done better elsewhere, but still it's good to see them all.


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