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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.

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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 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

Gross USA:

$4,079,895

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,079,895
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jack Lemmon's real-life son, Chris Lemmon, plays his movie-son "Josh", whilst Jack Lemmon's wife Felicia Farr plays a fortune teller. 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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Referenced in Blood Massacre (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Having a Party
Written and Performed by Sam Cooke
Courtesy of RCA Records
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc. (BMI)
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unequaled chemistry between mother and daughter
29 March 2003 | by emisue02See all my reviews

There are some movies you just get a good feeling about, and this (for me) is one of them. In every comment I've read here, though, no one mentioned the scene between Julie Andrews and Emma Walton, who are mother and daughter in real life and in the movie. Emma's character has just broken up with her boyfriend, and she spends the whole weekend in a bad mood until she finally breaks down crying and must be comforted by Julie's character. Lifetime channel, take note: sappy mother-daughter scenes work out best when you: 1-get real-life mother-daughter pairs and 2-let the mother (regardless of whether #1 is true or not) just speak from her heart. That's what Blake Edwards had enough sense to do, and it makes for one of the most touching mother-daughter scenes ever. Granted, Blake Edwards actually lived with these two people, so he may have had a better knowledge of their relationship and what would work, but most older actresses are mothers and could probably be capable of something similar. The rest of the film is great as well, with great performances all around, and a hilarious rambling from Jack at the beginning while he describes to Julie how his day at work went. This is the first movie that made my laugh and cry simultaniously (when Jack says he wanted to "bicycle himself to death"), and for that and the scene between Julie and Emma, watch this movie. It's way better than the box office will lead you to believe.


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