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Looking like death warmed over, Jack Lemmon plays the aging father of Ted Danson. Always proud of being able to fend for himself, Lemmon despises being reliant upon others, but his enfeebled state does not allow him his old independence. For his part, Danson resents having to care for his dad as he would for an infant. Things take an upward turn when a "Doctor Feelgood" (Zakes Mokae) enters the scene, pumping Lemmon full of self-confidence. But then Lemmon is stricken with cancer, an affliction that he can't jolly himself out of. As the reality of his imminent death strikes everyone around him, Lemmon retreats into fantasy, recalling the past happy events of his life as though they're happening here and now. The rest of the family humors their dying dad, and in so doing draws closer together than they've been in years. TV sitcom maestro Gary David Goldberg co-produced and directed Dad, and also adapted the screenplay from the novel by William Wharton. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 27, 1989


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ken Diaz Best Makeup 1989 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Lemmon Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1989 Nominee


Jack Lemmon
as Jake Tremont
Ted Danson
as John Tremont
Olympia Dukakis
as Bette Tremont
Kathy Baker
as Annie Tremont
Kevin Spacey
as Mario
Ethan Hawke
as Billy Tremont
Zakes Mokae
as Dr. Chad
J.T. Walsh
as Dr. Santana
Patti Arpaia
as Receptionist
Patrick Massett
as Corporate Employee
Justin Petersen
as Young John
Donna Porter
as Surprised Neighbor
Chris Lemmon
as Young Jake
Gina Raymond
as Young Bette
Jan Munroe
as Corporate Employee
Richard Fiske
as Bingo Caller
Emily Kuroda
as Vicki
Charles Stranski
as Corporate Employee
Peter Michael Goetz
as Dr. Ethridge
Jimmy Higa
as Chris
Edith Fields
as Jake's Nurse
Tony Kienitz
as Bank Executive
Mary Fogarty
as Gloria McCarthy
Andi Chapman
as Jake's Nurse
Gregory Itzin
as Ralph Kramer
Terry Wills
as Dry Cleaner
Vickilyn Reynolds
as CCU Nurse
Lucas Hall
as Hank
Nancy Paul
as Corporate Employee
Takayo Fischer
as Jake's Nurse
John Apicella
as Dr. Delibro
Bill Morey
as Hal McCarthy
Art Frankel
as DMV Instructor
Ray Girardin
as Butcher
Richard McGonagle
as Victor Walton
Sprague Grayden
as Young Annie
Katie Kissell
as Lizbeth


Gary David Goldberg
Steven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Gary David Goldberg
Jan Kiesser
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Eric Sears
Jackson de Govia
Production Designer
John R. Jensen
Art Director
Joseph Stern
Gary David Goldberg
Thomas Roysden
Set Designer
Dan Bronson
Costume Designer
Molly Maginnis
Costume Designer
Gary Zink
Special Effects
Warren Hamilton
Dialogue Editor
Ken Diaz