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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 común 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Andrew Woolridge: My daughter speaks very highly of you. Says you're a great lay.
David Basner: [David's gun accidentally goes off] She told you that?
Andrew Woolridge: My baby girl tells me everything.
David Basner: That's some conversation for a father to be having with his daughter.
Andrew Woolridge: I raised her to be a corporate executive. I raised her to be a man.
David Basner: So did my father, but I never tell him anything.
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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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Until you say you love me
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Written by Narada Michael Walden and Preston Glass
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Hanks' perfect blend of comedy/drama; fitting swan song for Gleason; underrated Marshall flick
11 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

NOTHING IN COMMON (1986) ***1/2 Tom Hanks, Jackie Gleason, Hector Elizondo, Eva Marie Saint, Sela Ward, Bess Armstrong, Barry Corbin. Garry Marshall's winning serious comedy about ad exec Yuppie Hanks who faces the inevitable: caring for his at odds parents including separations, ageism and finally acceptance. Warm and slyly comic turn by Hanks with some great moments. Armstrong is adorable and Ward is sexy (just needed to state this for no other apparent reason). Best moment: Hanks telling off bullying client Corbin.


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