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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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Garry Marshall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... David Basner
Jackie Gleason ... Max Basner
Eva Marie Saint ... Lorraine Basner
Hector Elizondo ... Charlie Gargas
Barry Corbin ... Andrew Woolridge
Bess Armstrong ... Donna Mildred Martin
Sela Ward ... Cheryl Ann Wayne
Cindy Harrell ... Shelley the Stewardess
John Kapelos ... Roger the Commercial Director
Carol Messing Carol Messing ... David's Secretary
Bill Applebaum Bill Applebaum ... Ted Geller
Mona Lyden Mona Lyden ... Mishi
Anthony Starke ... Cameron
Julio Alonso Julio Alonso ... Rick
Jane Morris ... 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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nada en común See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,279,650, 3 August 1986

Gross USA:

$32,324,557

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,324,557
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Donna Mildred Martin: The only advice my Mom ever gave me was, "Don't live in the same city as your parents."
David Basner: What crappy advice. I can't get my parents to move.
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Alternate Versions

One "unedited" print, formerly in HBO's library, removes the exchange between Max and David about their "best friends." See more »

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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

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Over the weekend
Performed by Nick Heyward
Written by Nick Heyward
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Great Chicago movie and last hurrah for a Hollywood great.
29 August 2004 | by OCOKASee all my reviews

I happened to catch this movie in college back in 1989. At the time though, I only caught the last half, but it really piqued my interest b/c the last scene where Tom Hanks is pushing a wheel-chair-bound Jackie Gleason down a hospital corridor through a windowed overpass was actually filmed where I was born -- Northwestern Memorial Passavant Hospital in Chicago.

Years later, I was finally saw "Nothing in Common" in its entirety on video, and while I liked some parts of it -- mostly b/c of its numerous Chicago location shots -- I thought the film's production value was a little bit low for a Hollywood film as it was produced and directed in such a way as to be reminiscent of network television soap operas and made-for-TV movies. The overlaid 80's soundtrack, for example, gave this movie a sappy feel and exuded tres gauche, maudlin schamltziness, IMO.

Nevertheless, Tom Hanks was great, as usual, in his reprisal of the sympathetic 'everyman' role that has now become his trademark, and I believe that this was Jackie Gleason's last performance. Sela Ward, however, is the number one reason to see this film, as she is from beginning to end the unequivocal scene stealer.

Not only is Sela Ward hot hot hot, Ward brought a certain amount of authenticity in her portrayal of a big-city advertising executive circa 1980s. This is because long before Ward became a model and began her acting career, Ward, who majored in advertising at Ole' Miss, was a real-life advertising copywriter and exec on Madison Avenue in NYC in the late 70's and early 80's. Regardless, Ward's drop-dead gorgeousness did not detract from her believability as the cutthroat yuppie executive, Cheryl Ann Wayne, by one iota.

Great Chicago references though, e.g., Wrigley Field, location shoots in neighborhood pubs, downtown scenes, etc.


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