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Dad (1989)

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While his mom recovers in hospital from a heart attack, John puts his busy life on hold to fly home and help his elderly dad around the house. John's son later joins them and they all truly bond for the first and, tragically, final time.

Writers:

William Wharton (novel), Gary David Goldberg (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 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 ... 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

John, 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. As John, his father and his son slowly bond, and even his mother returns from the hospital, everything starts seeming right with the world - until dad goes to have a minor surgery only to come out of it demented and a shadow of his former self. 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:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of two 1989 cinema movies starring actor Ethan Hawke which were first released in that year. The pictures are Dad (1989) and Dead Poets Society_. See more »

Goofs

This film takes place in Los Angeles in 1989 but nothing about the Tremonts' house or neighborhood look like California or any neighborhood in Los Angeles. Short of a brief beach scene that shows a couple palm trees, the entire film looks like the Northeast because it was filmed in and around Boston. See more »

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Bingo Caller: B-4.
Bingo Players: And after!
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Connections

Referenced in Videoclub (2013) 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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One of the best family films
28 January 2006 | by r2a01292See all my reviews

Life is sometimes a hard thing. People must learn what is the most important thing in life. This film shows us how we must to face a critical situation. Perhaps when time is gone we try to recall that time too late. The family is the most important thing we have.

The Film : I think it's very crude and real. there are many old ones in abandonment situation and this film illustrates the necessary love for the greater ones of the family. Although TV is treated in format, the argument either is developed and distributed in the time with a crescendo of emotions very well displayed.

Jack Lemmon makes a magnificent work in Jake Tremont roll with such so pathetic depth that it seems real

Ted Danson is discovered like a good actor, not only for series of television, but also for cinema too. He plays more than credible son dedicated to his father treating to compensate the lack of affection felt in both directions in the past times


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dad 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

Gross USA:

$22,103,037

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,503,037
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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