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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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There's A New Name For Terror...

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

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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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Real kidneys (not human of course) were used in the frying pan scenes. See more »

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

Quotes

Nick Laemle: Michael, are you ready to behave? I thought I tell you a little story. Want to hear a story. I tell you a little story and I want you to shut up until I'm finished.
Michael Laemle: [Tied to a chair by his father] You eat people.
Nick Laemle: I've been watching you, Michael. You're an outsider, you're not like them. You're like us.
Michael Laemle: I don't love you any more.
Lily Laemle: Yes you do.
Nick Laemle: We're bound for life, no matter how much you hate us.
Nick Laemle: [as he slowly unties Michael] I'm untying, and when you're free. You can sit down with us an eat, or ...
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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 Weird, Dark and Bizarre Tale
8 August 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 50's, the Lamele forms a typical medium-class American family, and they have just moved to a house in the suburbs. Dad Nick Lamele (Randy Quaid) has a new job in the city, Mon Lily Lamele (Mary Beth Hurt) is a lovely housewife and Michael Lamele (Bryan Madorsky) is the lonely and weird son, who believes that Mon and Dad are cannibals. Their parents become very happy while preparing lots of meat everyday, what is not common in USA, and the boy is intrigued about the provenience of the meat. He become friend of Sheila Zellner (Jun Mills Cockell), a strange girl and daughter of her father's boss. In the school, the social assistant notices that the boy has some kind of psychological problem and tries to help him. This movie is a weird, dark and bizarre tale, with great interpretation of the cast, but something is missing to make it an excellent film. The problem is that the director did not define well what genre he wanted to present to the audience. Therefore, the plot is too much dark for a black-humor comedy, and too much funny for a horror movie. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): `O Que Há Para Jantar?' (`What Do We Have For Dinner?')


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