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That's Life! (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 10 October 1986 (USA)
A wealthy yet depressed architect and his sympathetic wife strive to conquer their life issues in anticipation of Harvey's 60th birthday party.

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 ... 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 ... 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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$4,079,895

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,079,895
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Blake Edwards had some health problems prior to the shoot, so work days were exceptionally short for a major film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dr. Keith Romanis: Well, Harv.
Harvey Fairchild: Yeah?
Dr. Keith Romanis: Your heart is strong. There's absolutely nothing wrong with you physically whatsoever.
Harvey Fairchild: There's nothing wrong with me?
Dr. Keith Romanis: No. You're in a great shape.
Harvey Fairchild: Uh, I'm in great shape? Keith, did you ever hear the story about the fighter that was losing badly, you know, to the other guy? He's getting the hell kicked out of him and he comes back to his corner between rounds, and his manager says, "Keep up the good work, kid, because the other guy isn't laying a glove on you." And the fighter...
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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
(uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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That's Life!
23 March 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Many people dislike this film because of its melodramatic sentimentality, but I love it because Lemmon's performance is near perfect. I say this because as we see Harvey Fairchild suffer a mid life crisis, we see Jack Lemmon, the actor, suffer. This film was made in the years when Lemmon was going through problems of his own, with drinking and among other things. Lemmon captured numerous demons through the performance of Harvey, plus I think the film is good in general. Robert Loggia is another favorite of mine and he, along with his Oscar nod in the same year for "Jagged Edge," is simply wonderful as Harvey's friend and priest who drinks as people give their confessions. Sally Kellerman is also a delight.


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