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Scattering Dad (1998)

An agoraphobic woman who hasn't left her home in 20 years receives a visit from the spirit of her deceased husband who reminds her of a promise she made to scatter his ashes at his favorite... See full summary »

Director:

Joan Tewkesbury

Writers:

Barbara Bosson (story), Joan Tewkesbury (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Olympia Dukakis ... Dotty
Lucinda Jenney ... Molly
Michelle Burke ... Taylor (as Michelle Rene Thomas)
August Schellenberg ... Fierce Crow
Andy Griffith ... Hiram
Jo Harvey Allen ... Reva
Javier Grajeda
Elaine Miles
John Flax John Flax
Jane E. Goold Jane E. Goold
Frank G. Adamo Frank G. Adamo
Robert Lanchester Robert Lanchester
Fredrick Lopez ... (as Frederick Lopez)
Ron Chee Ron Chee
Kenneth 'White Eagle' Winds Kenneth 'White Eagle' Winds
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An agoraphobic woman who hasn't left her home in 20 years receives a visit from the spirit of her deceased husband who reminds her of a promise she made to scatter his ashes at his favorite vacation spot. With her daughters unavailable, she sets off to fulfill the promise herself. Written by vexer6

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Drama

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Appalling depiction of anxiety disorders
27 May 2004 | by dawnfrancis2See all my reviews

This film is simply appalling. I've watched it twice and the second viewing made me even angrier than the first.

The central character must scatter her husband's ashes in his desired location but there's a hitch: she suffers from an anxiety disorder which makes it difficult for her to leave home (agoraphobia).

What could have been an interesting illustration of the difficulties of living with an anxiety disorder is ruined by melodramatic acting and the depiction of the agoraphobic woman as neurotic, helpless, a burden on her kids and generally pathetic. In the end she irritated me so much I couldn't care less what happened to her.

People with agoraphobia are NOTHING like this film suggests, and it is disgraceful to portray them in this way. Trust me on this one. I've been agoraphobic for 14 years.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las cenizas de papá See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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