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Father Hood (1993)

A deadbeat dad kidnaps his kids from the bus. Based on the true life stories and experiences of Michael J. Hardy.

Director:

Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)

Writer:

Scott Spencer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Swayze ... Jack Charles
Halle Berry ... Kathleen Mercer
Sabrina Lloyd ... Kelly Charles
Brian Bonsall ... Eddie Charles
Michael Ironside ... Jerry
Diane Ladd ... Rita
Bob Gunton ... Lazzaro
Adrienne Barbeau ... Celeste
Georgann Johnson ... Judge
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Skinny Guy
William Bumiller ... Travis
Vanessa Marquez ... Delores
Martha Velez Martha Velez ... Mrs. Carter (as Martha Velez-Johnson)
Ray DeMattis Ray DeMattis ... Lawyer
Josh Lucas ... Andy (as Joshua Lucas)
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A deadbeat dad kidnaps his kids from the bus. Based on the true life stories and experiences of Michael J. Hardy.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material concerning children endangered by adults | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Honor Among Thieves See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,286,806, 29 August 1993

Gross USA:

$3,418,141

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,418,141
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is similar to Getting Even With Dad (1994) which is released the following year. Both films involve a crook/deadbeat dad who has children whose mother has passed away due to cancer and they are left in his care. See more »

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Referenced in Dog the Bounty Hunter: Father-Hood (2006) See more »

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Overlooked Little Gem
5 April 2002 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

"Father Hood" is an overlooked little gem of a "road movie". Fine performances by Halle Berry, Sabina Lloyd and Brian Bonsall, two really fun "over-the-top" ones by Diane Ladd and Michael Ironside,

and a downright outstanding one from Patrick Swayze. The movie is helped by an unconventional storyline, but badly undercut by it's flashback framing which results in a formulamatic, abrupt ending. "Father Hood" would have worked MUCH better without these "bookends". Nevertheless, the movie brings up important issues of "family responsibilities" and the consequences of state intervention. As long as the foster system rewards state institutions for NOT placing children, such abuses will exist.

Pick this one up. It's worth the "ride."


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