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Parenthood (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 2 August 1989 (USA)
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The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Lowell Ganz (story), Babaloo Mandel (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Gil
Mary Steenburgen ... Karen
Dianne Wiest ... Helen
Jason Robards ... Frank
Rick Moranis ... Nathan
Tom Hulce ... Larry
Martha Plimpton ... Julie
Keanu Reeves ... Tod
Harley Jane Kozak ... Susan (as Harley Kozak)
Dennis Dugan ... David Brodsky
Joaquin Phoenix ... Garry (as Leaf Phoenix)
Eileen Ryan ... Marilyn
Helen Shaw Helen Shaw ... Grandma
Jasen Fisher ... Kevin
Paul Linke ... George Bowman
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Storyline

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Taglines:

The director of "Splash," "Willow" and "Cocoon" brings you a comedy about life, love and the gentle art of raising children. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo en la familia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,506,450, 6 August 1989

Gross USA:

$100,047,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,297,830
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was Ron Howard's first movie after Willow, one of his few flops. Strangely enough there was talk of a Willow TV show just like there was a Parenthood TV show. See more »

Goofs

At the school play, Taylor shakes off her ears and hat. In the next shot, she has her hat on again. See more »

Quotes

Nathan: Did he say "Cool"?
Gil: Cool.
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References Dragnet (1987) See more »

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A roller-coaster of truth and emotion
17 May 2001 | by muddog123See all my reviews

Okay, hard to believe, but Steve Martin can act. Along with Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Tom Hulce, Dianne Wiest. . ., it is very rare films where a large number of talent provide a quality product. Martin's character is full of middle-age angst. Moranis' pressure on his pre-schooler to succeed can be found in any yuppie Montessori pre-school.

The surrealistic direction of the school play rollercoaster ride is classic, and rare in film-making. Even Martin's nervous acting style breaks through with emotion and our sympathy. It is one of the few movies where I actually FELT something real, and maybe I'm over the top, but this film changed my life (at times). Life is full of "issues", and Lowell Gantz & Babaloo Mandel perfectly capture the possibility of forgiveness and "going with the flow".


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