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Dad (1989)

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John's mom has a heart attack and ends in hospital. John flies home to take care of his dad, teaching him to do things around the house, spends time with him and shows him how to live again without mom's control. John's son joins them.

Writers:

William Wharton (novel), Gary David Goldberg (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Jake Tremont
Ted Danson ... John Tremont
Olympia Dukakis ... Bette Tremont
Kathy Baker ... Annie
Kevin Spacey ... Mario
Ethan Hawke ... Billy
Zakes Mokae ... Dr. Chad
J.T. Walsh ... Dr. Santana
Peter Michael Goetz ... Dr. Ethridge
John Apicella ... Dr. Delibro
Richard McGonagle ... Victor Walton
Bill Morey Bill Morey ... Hal McCarthy
Mary Fogarty Mary Fogarty ... Gloria McCarthy (as Mary Fogerty)
Art Frankel Art Frankel ... DMV Instructor
Ray Girardin Ray Girardin ... Butcher
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Storyline

A busy, "always-on-the-run" executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him than ever before. In the process, he teaches his father to be more independent which causes problems with the man's wife. Estranged from his own son, the executive comes to realize what has been missing in his own life. Written by Jerry Shannon <jlshan@ix.netcom.com>

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Taglines:

Sometimes the greatest man you ever meet... is the first one.

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mon père See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$540,148, 29 October 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,738,015
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, Mario (Kevin Spacey) is wearing a Chatsworth jacket. Spacey is a graduate of Chatsworth High School. See more »

Goofs

When Jake and John drive through the parking lot and stop to talk, John parks in front of two large trees, one directly in front of the car. The inside shot from the back seat has no tree visible through the windshield. See more »

Quotes

Bette Tremont: He keeps coming into my bed at night. When your father gets excited nothing is going to stop him.
John Tremont: [looks shocked]
Bette Tremont: Oh, grow up.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenage Caveman (1991) See more »

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Nice Dreams
Written by Joel DuBay, Jeffrey Litke & Adrian Liberty
Performed by Powermad
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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this remains a powerful film
9 November 2001 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

I think this is Jack Lemmon's greatest performance and the supporting cast are incredible, including Ted Danson who always appears to me to be slightly frenetic in a grim kind of way. Here he is truly believable and his scenes with his own son tug at your heart they are so real. No Hollywood quickfix here for the relationship, the boy is simply closer to his grandfather than he is to his own father and nothing will change that fact.

What I liked most about the film was that the theme in less worthy hands could have been made sloppily sentimental, but here it is totally restrained both in script and direction and it makes for a really meaningful movie. The characters remain real all the way through and the script does not transform them into wondrous saints by movie's end.

It is the wonderful understatement in it all that captivated me and made me weep at the end. Jack is truly unforgettable and Olympia magnificent in her dryness and cynicism. I have seen it 3 times and each time relished another scene a little more. This time around it was Jack dragging his wife around to meet the neighbours he was not even aware of before and her long suffering face at this new and reinvented Jack makes you laugh out loud. Bravo to all. An 8 1/2 out of 10. And that scene where they dance, oh me oh my......who needs naked bodies writhing on a bed, this has sensuousness, love and intimacy in it, the real kind. Oh for more of those scenes in movies!


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