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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.


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





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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Comedy


PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mon père See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$540,148, 29 October 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was "heavily influenced by On Golden Pond (1981)" according to 'Rating the Movies. See more »


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 »


Jake Tremont: Dying is not a sin. Not living is.
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Features Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »


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 is one film that is a MUST-SEE!
19 September 2009 | by brdlybaumSee all my reviews

It is very rare that I give any film 10/10 but then it is very rare that I see a film that deserves it. This is one film that truly deserves it. the huge names that fill the main roles play their parts perfectly. I was surprised that neither this film nor the anyone in either the main two roles or the supporting roles was up for an academy award because they all should have been in my opinion. OK so maybe not all, but certainly somewhere along the line one ore more of the aforementioned list should have been This film was extremely heart-warming and tugged at the heart-strings in equal measures.

Ted Danson plays a man called John Tremont who rearranges his life when his mother, Bette, (his father, Jake, has allowed her to do virtually everything for him. He has therefore had his self-esteem whittled away over the last fifty years or more that they have been married including not having a lot of fun and driving him everywhere)has a heart-attack in a supermarket. Suddenly the high-powered business man has to find his relationship with his father again and he does this by giving back to him what is missing from his life. The bond they end up with is extremely strong. So much so that he stays with his father the whole time when he, after his mother gets well and comes out of hospital, ends up in hospital himself.

The supporting cast are just as good. You know instantly that daughter Annie is the one that normally looks after her elderly parents while John does the high-flying businessman bit only to then take more of a back-seat role when John rearranges his life. Mario, the third sibling, cannot be there to help as much as he would like due to living so far away does return to the family when there is need for him to do so. And then there is Billy who is obviously more attached to his Grandfather than his father This is a film that HAS to be seen.

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