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Nothing In Common [DVD]

Tom Hanks , Jackie Gleason , Garry Marshall    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Jackie Gleason, Eva Marie Saint, Hector Elizondo, Barry Corbin
  • Directors: Garry Marshall
  • Producers: Alexandra Rose
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AG1O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,060 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Tom Hanks wanted to prove his dramatic talent in the mid-1980s, and Nothing in Common gave him a ripe opportunity. Playing an emotionally immature Chicago advertising executive, Hanks offers a prototype of his later, better role in Big--the joking man-child with seemingly limitless reserves of energetic humour, perfectly suited to director Garry Marshall's trademark blend of featherweight comedy and sentiment. The movie wanders aimlessly before settling into its dramatic groove, involving Hanks caring for his ageing, diabetic father (Jackie Gleason, well cast in his final screen role) after his mother (Eva Marie Saint) files for divorce and strikes out on her own. Like Marshall's Pretty Woman, the film hits several grace notes and finds unexpected depth in its characters and their need for loving connections. Meanwhile, there's cheesy nostalgia in the 80s trappings, including songs by Carly Simon and Christopher Cross. --Jeff Shannon,

Product Description

David Basner (Tom Hanks) is a successful advertising executive enjoying the joys of the bachelor life in the big city. But all that changes when his mother Lorraine (Eva Marie Saint) leaves his stubborn, troublesome father Max (Jackie Gleason). David now has to intercede on the old man's behalf and also help him adjust to the single life - with hilarious consequences.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great 11 Nov 2013
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great film well reccomended great family film for those cold windy days or nights so buy it now and be ready to laugh
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Tom Hanks is my favorite actor love anything he does . Nearly have all his films . Tom makes you realise what is important in life .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup or tea 21 Aug 2011
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I just couldn't get into this film, I bought it really as its the last from Jackie Gleason (he was dying of Cancer as he made it) but the story was to me very thin at best or boring to be honest

RIP Jackie Gleason
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanks and Gleason are a winning team 2 July 2000
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Once in a while you find a movie that mirrors your own actual relationship with someone. For me, Nothing In Common sums up my relationship with my father. Even though I do have a lot in common with my dad, I could definitely relate to the fights that father(Gleason) and son(Hanks) had in the movie.
I think that we were raised on thinking that Father Knows Best, but what happens when the father starts to lose it. Nothing In Common answers that question. This movie would make a great Father's Day gift.
Hanks starts out the movie as a grown-up child without a care in the world other than pleasing his every whim. He evolves into this mature adult who realizes that he owes more to his parents than just the occasional visit once every six months or a gift for Mother's and Father's Day.
Gleason starts out as an angry man who reluctantly asks his son for help. He becomes an enlightened father who is truly proud of his son.
I don't believe I'm giving to much away. I think that if you are a fan of Hanks, Gleason, and Garry Marshall. Enjoying this movie will not be difficult.
This movie is one of my favorites. I have lost count as to how many times that I've seen it.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE!!! 16 Sep 2002
By Kirsten Chance - Published on
This is one of my most treasured films of all time and I can't understand why it receives so little attention. This is the story of an immature but successful bachelor whose world is disrupted when he gets an unexpected call from his estranged father, telling him his mother left him. Tom Hanks gives one of his BEST performances (comedically AND dramatically) as the carefree fellow who is forced to get to know his parents all over again while supporting them emotionally.
While many label this a comedy--and it IS pretty funny-- I find it one of the most heartfelt and touching films ever thanks to a brilliant director, soppy but appropriate music, and an extraordinary cast. There've been so many films made concerning father-son relationships but if you're looking for the most genuinely realistic one, this is it. The final line of dialogue spoken by father to son ("You're the last person on earth I would've ever expected to come through for me") never fails to choke me up.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanks' Gem 27 Nov 1999
By tyuke - Published on
This is one of Tom Hanks' (and director Garry Marshall's) best films, yet it has received little publicity.
Among Hanks' fans I know who have seen this film, all hold it in very high regard. It's classic Tom Hanks - funny and serious at the same time. As it's promoters said, "It's a comedy and a drama, just like life." You will surely love it.
Jackie Gleason, Eva Marie Saint, Hector Elizondo, and the rest of the cast do wonderful jobs.
I only wish it was on DVD, but hopefully in time it will be.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cats in the Cradle Revised 15 Aug 2006
By MF Regan - Published on
This is the first movie where Tom Hanks really began to show his depth. It was a film that required him to open with the comedic chops he's honed so well but then, because of the deepening of the film's story from comedy to drama, requested so much more of him. He ultimately delivers in spades.

This is really a story about a son moving very fast in the fast lane of advertising. He's a pro and he loves what he does. He's also a personality that lives on charm and in the moment. But when his parents separate after years of marriage, his life changes rapidly from no personal responsibilities to a multitude of them. It's also begs a question that rarely gets told well- how do sons and daughters deal with parents as life turns the tables and we suddenly start having to deal with listening to and taking care of them? The changing of roles and responsibilities. As the film unfolds, it presents those concerns with proper weight, depth, sadness, growth and understanding.

Gary Marshall directed the film prior to his mega hit with Pretty Woman but I really think this is the better film of the two. He draws the best from Jackie Gleason, Eva Marie Saint and Beth Armstrong and Hector Alonzo- each lending a real ensemble cast feeling to the piece and although Tom Hanks shines- so do they.

Jackie Gleason deserves special mention because he really plays a rather hard, sad man at the end of the road as a clothing salesman, and he digs deep, never lending anything false to how this man thinks, feels and operates. The exchanges between him and Hanks about how he was raised lend a real truth to the role.

If you're looking for a film that has some humor and some depth of feeling in the same breath, this is an interesting evening's viewing.

An underrated film that deserves a second look and a larger audience.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Donna Mildred Martin 7 Mar 2003
By Holy Olio - Published on
I've watched this movie dozens of times, and was overjoyed to find it on DVD at last. This was (I believe) The Great One Jackie Gleason's final screen performance, and it showed the way of the future for Tom Hanks. Sela Ward also appears as a love interest, along with Hector Elizondo as his boss, and Eva Marie Saint as Hanks' mom.

The only thing that gets on my nerves just a little is the soundtrack. I think it's Christopher Cross, surely one of the most annoying alleged musicians ever to hit the big time.

The transfer to disk is good. The cast is excellent. The plot makes sense, and the script is near perfect. The story is about the relationship between Tom Hanks' character, David Basner, and his father, Max Basner. Its a wonder that anyone comes out right as an adult, and Hanks had no idea how screwed up his childhood had been until the night his father told him his mother had split. And soon thereafter his secretary gave him a message that his mother had called, and added "I had no idea you had parents."

Wonderful. Buy it, enjoy it.
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