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Parenthood (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 2 August 1989 (USA)
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The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Lowell Ganz (story), Babaloo Mandel (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Gil
Mary Steenburgen ... Karen
Dianne Wiest ... Helen
Jason Robards ... Frank
Rick Moranis ... Nathan
Tom Hulce ... Larry
Martha Plimpton ... Julie
Keanu Reeves ... Tod
Harley Jane Kozak ... Susan (as Harley Kozak)
Dennis Dugan ... David Brodsky
Joaquin Phoenix ... Garry (as Leaf Phoenix)
Eileen Ryan ... Marilyn
Helen Shaw Helen Shaw ... Grandma
Jasen Fisher ... Kevin
Paul Linke ... George Bowman
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Storyline

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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It could happen to you. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo en la familia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,506,450, 6 August 1989

Gross USA:

$100,047,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,297,830
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the school that Kevin attends, and where Gil and Karen go for the meeting with the principal, is Gerald Paris Elementary. Jerry Paris directed 237 episodes of Happy Days (1974), which also starred Ron Howard. See more »

Goofs

At drag race, you see Garry's hat fly off, as he runs toward Todd, when he crashes. But, when he arrives, you see Garry's hat back on his head. See more »

Quotes

Julie: I wouldn't live with you if the world were flooded with piss and you lived in a tree!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits: "Caution: Inhaling of helium from balloons is dangerous, and can cause serious injury or death." See more »

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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Close To You
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
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Parenthood
11 June 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Winning ensemble comedy about the humurous and tragic tribulations of parenting that is for all ages. Robards is wonderful as the patriarch of the family but it's Martin who stands out, especially in the wonderful "Cowboy" scene. The film is heartfelt and ends on a tender note. Randy Newman leads his through the work with his grand tunes. He was Oscar nominated for his song, "Love to See You Smile." Wiest was also Oscar nominated.


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