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Where's Poppa? (1970)

When an attorney meets the girl of his dreams, he fears that his batty mother will scare her off, so he schemes to eliminate the senile old woman.

Director:

Carl Reiner

Writers:

Robert Klane (screenplay by), Robert Klane (based on his novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Gordon Hocheiser
Ruth Gordon ... Mrs. Hocheiser
Ron Leibman ... Sidney Hocheiser
Trish Van Devere ... Louise Callan
Barnard Hughes ... Colonel Hendricks
Vincent Gardenia ... Coach Williams
Rae Allen ... Gladys Hocheiser
Paul Sorvino ... Owner of 'Gus & Grace's Home'
William LeMassena William LeMassena ... Judge (as William Le Massena)
Michael McGuire ... Army Lawyer
Rob Reiner ... Roger
Joe Keyes Jr. Joe Keyes Jr. ... Gang Leader
Israel Lang Israel Lang ... Mutha
Garrett Morris ... Garrett
Arnold Williams ... Arnold
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Storyline

When New York attorney Gordon Hocheiser meets Louise Callan, the girl of his dreams, he schemes to eliminate his aging, senile mother, even though he promised his late father that he'd always take care of her. He fears that his batty mom's eccentricities will shortly lead to Louise's departure. Written by alfiehitchie

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Going Ape See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (fantasy sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first American film to use the word "c***sucker". See more »

Quotes

Louise Callan: I'm afraid I'm not very good. In fact, all of my patients have died.
Gordon Hocheiser: That's okay.
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Crazy Credits

Bill Adams and Vic Ramos are listed in the opening credits, which had no character names, but are not in the end credits, which listed the character names. On the other hand, Fuddles was not in the opening credits but listed last in the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The old KEY VIDEO release (KEY was a division of CBS/Fox Video) had the theatrical ending, which had been altered before release as being too potent for audiences of 1970. However, the later MGM VHS release had the original ending restored where George Segal climbs into bed with Ruth Gordon at the end while the employee of the senior citizens home looks on in disbelief as the door shuts behind Segal. If you liked the altered theatrical ending find the KEY release from the 1980s, but if you prefer the original ending find the MGM tape. NOTE that I don't know what ending is on the DVD; I don't have it and haven't seen it. See more »

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Referenced in Curb Your Enthusiasm: Thor (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Were the Only Girl (In the World)
(1916) (uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
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Previous reviewer (Wayne Malin) is wrong!
24 April 2005 | by Harrison-37See all my reviews

No, he did get one thing right: the plot summary is fine. But, Wayne misses the point about "black humor": it's NOT supposed to have limits, by definition. Yes, the bits are meant to skewer what we consider "sacred" and, yes, it will offend those you can't ponder why certain societal taboos exist. As a whole the movie is far, far tamer than a lot of the crap that passes for "art" and comedy these days. Is the plot warped? Yes. Do you stare slack-jawed in disbelief at some bits? Yes. Is it funny? Totally, but not in a Jerry Lewis or Jerry Seinfeld way (though some of absurd parts do have a Seinfeldesque quality). That's why I give it an 8 out of 10. (He did get one other thing right: the courtroom scene is pretty priceless).


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