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Parents (1989)

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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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Taglines:

There's A New Name For Terror...

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$277,952, 29 January 1989

Gross USA:

$870,532

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$870,532
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Beth Hurt and Deborah Rush were in 1985's "Compromising Positions", although they did not share any scenes. 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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Robert Hall
Commercial courtesy of Increase Records
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Not completely satisfying.
19 June 2000 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Interesting movie, but far from a total success. The director uses his camera cleverly and executes some fine visual tricks, but they don't lead anywhere, because the film has such an "one-joke" premise and a repetitive script. Great music score, astonishingly mature work by the boy who plays the central character, a few scares at the end, but the movie still rings hollow, and gets no more than a 6/10 from me.


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