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That's Life! (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 10 October 1986 (USA)
Harvey and Gillian Fairchild face a very difficult weekend. Harvey, celebrating his 60th birthday, is stressed and depressed. Gillian is awaiting the results of a throat biopsy. Their lives... See full summary »

Director:

Blake Edwards
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Harvey Fairchild
Julie Andrews ... Gillian Fairchild
Sally Kellerman ... Holly Parrish
Robert Loggia ... Father Baragone
Jennifer Edwards Jennifer Edwards ... Megan Fairchild Bartlet
Robert Knepper ... Steve Larwin (as Rob Knepper)
Matt Lattanzi ... Larry Bartlet
Chris Lemmon ... Josh Fairchild
Cynthia Sikes ... Janice Kern
Dana Sparks ... Fanny Ward
Emma Walton Hamilton ... Kate Fairchild
Felicia Farr ... Madame Carrie
Teddy Wilson ... Corey (as Theodore Wilson)
Nicky Blair Nicky Blair ... Andre
Jordan Christopher ... Dr. Keith Romanis
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Storyline

Harvey and Gillian Fairchild face a very difficult weekend. Harvey, celebrating his 60th birthday, is stressed and depressed. Gillian is awaiting the results of a throat biopsy. Their lives are further complicated by their three grown children, a ditsy neighbor, a fortune teller, and an alcoholic priest. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' That's Life! See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$229,855, 28 September 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,079,895
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Emma Walton Hamilton learned to play "Sentimental Journey" on the saxophone for the film's finale. She would often be in her room in the Edwards' Malibu home practicing the piece with an instructor. She got pretty good at it, too. See more »

Goofs

Microphone shadow visible during party scene in the tent. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

ROCK CAMPING
Performed by Ernie Watts
Courtesy of Qwest Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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That's Art, Too
25 March 2003 | by harry-76See all my reviews

The part of Gillian, which Julie Andrews portrayed in "That's Life," gave me a queasy feeling: here was a character who was suffering from a possible career-threatening throat ailment. The film was made in 1986.

In real life, ten years later, Andrews would be experiencing a like situation, and two years thereafter awaiting results of a throat operation with parallel consequences.

This was not unlike a similar feeling I got when Elizabeth Taylor underwent her well-publicized brain operation in 1997. I vividly recalled her 1959 role of Catherine in "Suddenly Last Summer," in which the crux of that script was built around Catherine's receiving a brain operation.

As fine as both of those performances were, the art vs. life aspects were equally as impressive, and unnerving.


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