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The Good Father (1985)

R | | Drama | 11 February 1987 (USA)
Bill (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is a man who's very bitter about his divorce and losing custody of his son. So, when one of his friends is being sued for divorce by his wife, so that she can ... See full summary »

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

Peter Prince (novel), Christopher Hampton (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Hopkins ... Bill Hooper
Jim Broadbent ... Roger Miles
Harriet Walter ... Emmy Hooper
Frances Viner Frances Viner ... Cheryl Langford
Simon Callow ... Mark Varda
Miriam Margolyes ... Jane Powell
Joanne Whalley ... Mary Hall
Michael Byrne ... Leonard Scruby
Jennie Stoller Jennie Stoller ... Bill's friend
Johanna Kirby Johanna Kirby ... Bill's friend
Stephen Fry ... Creighton
Clifford Rose ... Judge
Harry Grubb Harry Grubb ... Bill's son
Tom Jamieson Tom Jamieson ... Roger's son
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Storyline

Bill (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is a man who's very bitter about his divorce and losing custody of his son. So, when one of his friends is being sued for divorce by his wife, so that she can enter into a lesbian relationship, Bill decides to help his friend gain custody of his son in any way that they can devise, including using a sleazeball lawyer. But while Bill feels that feminism has robbed him of his family, he begins to be appalled at what he and Roger (Jim Broadbent) have done. Written by Kathy Li

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The original negative of the film was damaged during post-production, which resulted in the poor quality of all theatrical release prints. See more »

Quotes

Mark Varda: Ah, South London. A flavour all of its own.
[Dancing]
Mark Varda: Wading through the muck and mire. Hello, muck. Higher mire!
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Connections

References Supergirl (1984) See more »

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Powerhouse Imagery About Father/Son Relationships & Excellent Acting
15 February 2003 | by talas1See all my reviews

Anthony Hopkins shows why he's so good at understated characters that just loom large in their fumbling humanity. This film is creative with it's film technique and the shot of the kid trapped in the plastic film is so well-done and lyrical. Great movie.. See it if you can!!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A jó apa See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,361, 16 February 1987

Gross USA:

$421,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$421,201
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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