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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 »

Genres:

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 comĂșn See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Jackie Gleason. See more »

Goofs

David (Tom Hanks) throws a ball against the wall in his apartment repeatedly, catching it and throwing it again. On the last throw, he tries but misses the catch and a crew member's arm quickly enters the shot and catches the ball for him. See more »

Quotes

Mishi: Oh, don't kiss me - I don't know where your lips have been.
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Soundtracks

Burning of the heart
Performed by Richard Marx
Written by Patrick Leonard, Kathy Wakefield
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Lots of talent, script a little facile
18 September 2004 | by NozzSee 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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