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A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.

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Bob Balaban
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randy Quaid ... Nick Laemle
Mary Beth Hurt ... Lily Laemle
Sandy Dennis ... Millie Dew
Bryan Madorsky ... Michael Laemle
London Juno London Juno ... Sheila Zellner (as Juno Mills-Cockell)
Kathryn Grody ... Miss Baxter
Deborah Rush ... Mrs. Zellner
Graham Jarvis ... Mr. Zellner
Helen Carscallen Helen Carscallen ... Grandmother
Warren Van Evera Warren Van Evera ... Grandfather
Wayne Robson ... Lab Attendant
Uriel Byfield Uriel Byfield ... Little Boy
Mariah Balaban Mariah Balaban ... Little Girl
Larry Palef Larry Palef ... Announcer
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Storyline

Michael Laemie (played by Brian Madorsky) is a young boy living in a typical 1950's suburbanite home... except for his bizarre and horrific nightmares, and continued unease around his parents. Especially his father, Nick Laemie (played by Randy Quaid). Young Michael begins to suspect his parents are cooking more than just hamburgers on the grill outside, but has trouble explaining his fears to his new-found friend Sheila, or the school's social worker. Written by Jeff Mercer <riffer@afn.org>

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There's A New Name For Terror...

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goneis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$870,532
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's appropriately bizarre title for its Germany release was 'Daddy ist ein Kannibale', or 'Daddy is a Cannibal!' See more »

Goofs

When Nick Laemle slaps the cinder block basement wall, it visibly flexes. See more »

Quotes

Lab Attendant: I have here an opportunity
[holds out a pen to Michael]
Lab Attendant: this pen is made of chemicals, but if I took these same chemicals and recombined them, I could make an automobile, or an electric light! The whole world is made of chemicals Micheal, you can make anything! And if you're smart... you'll make opportunities.
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Soundtracks

Moments to Remember
Performed by The Four Lads
Courtesy of CBS Records
By Robert Allen and Al Stillman (as Al Stillman)
Published by Larry Spier, Inc. and Charlie Dietcher Productions
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A fantastic cannibal-suburbia-50s Americana-horror-comedy
4 January 1999 | by pooch-8See all my reviews

Years go by and I still adore Parents and make sure to watch it every so often. Impeccable casting, including a never-better Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, and Sandy Dennis, truly energizes the film. Preteen lead Bryan Madorsky has become a personal hero of mine, perfectly capturing the essence of fear and revilement that ten-year-olds can develop for their seemingly monstrous parents. Unfortunately for Madorsky's character Michael, his parents truly are monsters. I love the burgeoning friendship/romance between the two young kids, particularly in the telling sequences where they get drunk and end up in the freezer and where they speculate on the secret lives of their parents. And any movie that uses Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" over the opening credits is peachy in my book.


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