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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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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character Millie Dew, played by Sandy Dennis: "Millie Dew" was a play on the word "mildew", which means moldy, musty or damp. See more »

Goofs

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 truly astounding, horrifying movie
30 November 1998 | by MosswoodSee all my reviews

If asked which movie has been the most uncomfortable watch for me, it has to be this one. Bob Balaban has put together a film that encompasses all those dark feelings about our parents. With a beautiful performance from Randy Quaid as the strangest father in the world, it is from the dark place where all great black comedies come from. His dizzying combination of gruesome and mundane is incredibly well crafted, not falling into either one but dancing back and forth between them. I HIGHLY recommend this movie. Strange it comes from the man who played the chummy cartographer in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.


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