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Dad [VHS] [1989]

Jack Lemmon , Ted Danson , Gary David Goldberg    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis, Ethan Hawke, Kevin Spacey
  • Directors: Gary David Goldberg
  • Format: HiFi Sound, PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: CIC Video
  • VHS Release Date: 1 July 1991
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R67C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,358 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A Wall Street trader (Ted Danson) returns to his family home to find his parents (Jack Lemmon and Olympia Dukakis) in ailing health. As the son reluctantly accepts the responsibility of caring for his dying father, he is spurred on to improve the relationship with his own child (Ethan Hawke).

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Family drama starring Jack Lemmon Some Like it Hot; Irma La douce; The Odd Couple; Missing), Ted Danson (Three Men and a Baby; Corrina, Corrina; Tv's Cheers), Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects; Glengarry Glen Ross; The Shipping News) & Ethan Hawke (Dead Poets Society; Before Sunrise; Assault on Precinct 13). A busy, "always-on-the-run" executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him than ever before. In the process, he teaches his father to be more independent which causes problems with the man's wife. Estranged from his own son, the executive comes to realize what has been missing in his own life.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Touching 5 July 2010
This movie is a favourite of mine probably due mainly to the fantastic performance from Jack Lemmon.
Get your tissues ready it even managed to make my partner part with a few tears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dad 13 Aug 2013
By Les
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Received in excellent order and an excellent film to brighten up the day, so thank you very much for the good service
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story about fatherhood 29 May 2011
By Jon1
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw this on television a couple of months ago, and decided to purchase the DVD.It is a story of a family of men and their broken relationships with each other. The story considers the affects of seperation through three male generations of one family. It does suffer from a great deal of what i would consider as "goo" but the storyline is good light hearted viewing in my opinion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Distant Echo of an Important Novel 26 Jan 2008
Does the name of Ted Danson ring any bell? Well, after "Damages" it probably does. However, when this film was made Ted was the "star" of some early 1980s soap opera who wanted to become a real actor. Unfortunately, his choice for the path to stardom was this movie made of William Wharton's "Dad". The story had to be refashioned to be more glitzy - a painter became a businessman, California became Florida etc. The result is rather grim and, if you haven't read the novel, it may be difficult to follow. The original story is sad but moving - the book is saturated with nostalgia for what the heroes missed in life or realized too late to enjoy fully - the film is so so with a clear tendency towards a tear-jerker.
And there is one moderately funny bit to it - through the film Jack Lemmon and Olympia Dukakis look as if they both wanted to ask one and the same question - What am I doing in this movie??? Why am I here at all? Although they are doing their best it is not enough to save the movie and Ethan Hawke is too young to make a difference. Well, as you probably noticed, it has never been published on the European market so I am not the only one to have such a critical opinion.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely One of My Favorite Movies 27 Sep 2001
By Martha Moore - Published on
Format:VHS Tape
"Dad" is definitely one of the most touching movies I have ever seen. I have seen this movie several times, and every time I cry at the end! The son lives far away and is so obsessed with work that he has not been home to see his elderly parents much in recent years. When his mother is unexpectedly taken ill, he comes home and is shocked to see how his father has gone down under the overprotective eye of his domineering mother. John, the son, starts teaching his father to be independent, at the same time rebuilding a good quality relationship with him. It is so touching later in the movie when his dad becomes ill and John dotes over him and refused to give up. This also inspires John to build a relationship with his own son, with whom he has not had much contact. I can relate to this story, as can anyone who has dealt with the illness and/or death of aging parents. I would recommend this movie to anyone, especially anyone who has dealt or is now having to deal with the aging and/or death of a parent. This movie puts a lot of things into perspective about aged parents and with dealing with the illness and death of a parent.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If this one doesn't touch you... 29 Nov 2004
By nom-de-nick - Published on
Format:VHS Tape
You're pure ice. The film, while admittedly not ringing true in spots via dialogue or circumstance, is nonetheless engaging, touching, and emotionally draining. Some of the points it touches on are so dead-on it's scary. Acting-wise, it's Ted Danson's high point. He'll likely never top this performance, but it's enough to leave the world even if he leaves acting tomorrow. Lemmon and Dukakis are tremendous. YOu've read the plot in other reviews; just see it and get ready for an emotional jolt.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and inspiring movie about elderly parents that is true! 3 Feb 2007
By Frank Bianchi - Published on
I am presently going thru almost the exact same scenario in real life as this movie. I found it by accident early one morning after my mother had a rough night. For many moments, I felt like I was a character in this movie.

Although many reviewers say that these things do not happen the way they are depicted in the movie, I have almost the exact circumstances happening to me and my family right now.

(a) My mother's first hospital told us that she would need full leg amputations and then not survive. This hospital's parent hospital had a renowned specialist that had a procedure that saved my mother's life. Yes, my nephew and I had to find him and convince him to take my mother as a patient with no help from the first hospital (Thanks again Dr. McKinsey!!!).

(b) During the time my mother was in the hospitals (3 weeks), someone in our family was always with her, 24*7. I literally lived there during this time.

(c) I am a VP on Wall Street and took a leave of absence from work, going on 4 months now, to care for my mother and help her regain her health.

This movie made me feel that we are not alone in facing the challenges that make up the primary plot of Dad and that I am not a crack pot for the decisions that I made to help care for my mother.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie! 23 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format:VHS Tape
This is an excellent family movie with a wonderful messageabout life and respect for theelderly. I give it two thumbsup! It's definitely a must seemovie!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE TEAR-JERKER 2 April 2000
By Cherise - Published on
Format:VHS Tape
This is my favorite movie. It's so "true-to-life" for anyone who has suffered with the pain of a family member with cancer. If you are a care-taker, this is a must see movie.
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