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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.

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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:
... Gil
... Karen
... Helen
... Frank
... Nathan
... Larry
... Julie
... Tod
... Susan (as Harley Kozak)
... David Brodsky
... Garry (as Leaf Phoenix)
... Marilyn
Helen Shaw ... Grandma
... Kevin
... George Bowman
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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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Comedy | Drama

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2 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Todo en la familia  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,506,450, 28 May 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,047,830
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The porno tape that Helen discovers in Garry's closet is Blonde Goddess (1982). The clip shown is from the first scene - a parody of Indiana Jones. Adventurer 'Louisiana Smith' is attempting to rescue 'Jungle Jane' from a tribe in the Yucatán. See more »

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When leaving with Tod, Julie takes her bag twice. See more »

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Justin: [seeing Taylor get pushed around in a school play] They're hurting my sister!
Gil: He's going! Get him!
Justin: Hang on, Taylor! Taylor, I'm gonna save you.
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At the end of the credits: "Caution: Inhaling of helium from balloons is dangerous, and can cause serious injury or death." See more »

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Close To You
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
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Terrific family movie
21 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is one of Ron Howard's triumphs, and one of the best movies about family relationships.

It's got a dream cast and reads like a who's who of popular 80's actors-Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Keanu Reeves,Dianne Wiest, Martha Plimpton, Tom Hulce, Harley Kozak, Rick Moranis-and the terrific Jason Robards and an outstanding (albeit young) Joaquin Phoenix. All give phenomenal performances that were tailor made for them. Who else but Steve Martin could be Cowboy Gil? And who but Dianne Wiest could portray a tough as nails, but sweetly feminine single mother? And who else but Keanu Reeves and Martha Plimpton could have been the Romeo and Juliet wannabes Todd and Julie? Some of the situations in the film could seem far-fetched, but the likability of the cast is so immense that you just have to take it as it comes. They make the script work, and Ron Howard's direction is superb.

I have seen this movie several times through the years, and it never gets old, it just gets better. This is absolutely one to own!


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