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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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On his way up the corporate ladder. David Basner confronts his greatest challenge: his father. 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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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

Mishi: Oh, don't kiss me - I don't know where your lips have been.
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Until you say you love me
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Tom Hanks was great, even back then
1 July 2004 | by avi-4See all my reviews

The story line is pretty straight forward, and the production was good, especially considering the 80's style of movie making. But Tom carries the movie, with his now-classic mix of rapier wit, sarcasm, and charming humor.

Tom play David Basner, a talented, slightly arrogant Chicago ad-exec whose parents just split after 50+ years of marriage. Though he has left "the nest" and views his parents as a necessary evil to be dealt with as little as possible, he finds himself providing ever-increasing support to each parent, all the while discovering the frailty and human side of each of them, and discovering what his priorities should be.

A definite watch


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