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Fathers and Sons (2005)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 2 June 2005
Intertwined tales of three families who grow up on the same street, focusing on the relationship of fathers and sons. The first section features Anthony and Jenny and traces the father-son ... See full summary »

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Rob Spera (as Robert Spera), Rodrigo García | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Whitford ... Anthony
Samantha Mathis ... Jenny
Aiden James Forte Aiden James Forte ... Infant Nick
Aaron Marchbank Aaron Marchbank ... Toddler Nick
Max Burkholder ... Nick at 5
Tyler Patrick Jones ... Nick 10-12 years old
Abigail Spencer ... Clarissa
Shad Hart Shad Hart ... Nick
Gale Harold ... Elliott
Austen Nunn Austen Nunn ... Michael
Nick Spera Nick Spera ... Boy with Dog
John Mahoney ... Gene
Meredith Monroe ... Young Nora
Kathy Baker ... Nora
Joanna Gleason ... Silvia
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Intertwined tales of three families who grow up on the same street, focusing on the relationship of fathers and sons. The first section features Anthony and Jenny and traces the father-son bond that develops between Anthony and his newborn son over 30 years. The second story centers on the affairs of an airline pilot who shares a house but not a life with his wife. He crosses paths with an unusual woman and spends an extraordinary night with his son. The final chapter follows the homecoming of Elliot to his estranged family. As his father dies, Elliot meets and falls in love with a woman who sees past his tough-guy exterior. Written by someone

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 2005 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Apák és fiaik See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Mockingbird Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Petrarca and Ron Eldard previously appeared in When Trumpets Fade (1998). See more »

Quotes

Nora: What is it with men and talking? When you're little you talk up a storm and then one day... It's like someone puts a broomstick up your asses and the talking's over.
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The Spectrum of Relationships Between Fathers and Sons
1 September 2005 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

In many ways this film, originally made for Showtime audiences, feels like a triptych: there are three stories here written and directed by three men - Rodrigo García, Jared Rappaport, Rob Spera - with the unifying thread being that the three stories deal with three families who live on the same street. The technique of creating and producing each story is different, some more successful than others, but it does serve to enhance the concept that no two fathers and sons have the same sort of relationship.

In one story there is an overbearing father, obsessive compulsive in his parenting to offset his own feeling that his father wasn't involved with him. When the stronger parent (the mother) dies, and the man's father dies, he is left to watch the maturing of a son he really doesn't know. In the second family the distant pilot father (a fine John Mahoney) is adulterous, has a crumbling marriage, and tries to understand his gay son's life and lifestyle (the son here being portrayed by Ron Eldard in his consistently fine tradition of character development). How he interacts with his son when his son's first love succumbs to AIDS is the glue that mends his life. And in the third story the cantankerous father is dying and his successful lawyer son (Gale Harold) returns home to prove that indeed he has fulfilled his father's expectations only to discover the longer for intimacy at the end of the father's life.

The families are loosely connected and the name of the street on which they all live serves as the name of each of the three segments. A good idea, a bit of varying showmanship of concept, and in the end it all works fairly well. The actors are consistently fine with some cameos by older actors we haven't seen in a while. There are no solutions to father/son roles here, only a gentle exploration of how important the impact of that relationship is on forming future lives. Recommended. Grady Harp


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