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Fathers' Day Details


Two of the screen's most popular comic actors meet in this movie about two men brought together by unexpected circumstances. On the surface, Jack Lawrence (Billy Crystal) and Dale Putley (Robin Williams) wouldn't appear to have much in common. Jack is an efficient, serious-minded lawyer with a successful practice and a beautiful wife, Carrie (Julia-Louis Dreyfus). Dale is a very single performance artist given to dramatic mood swings and extreme overreaction to the sad state of his career. However, 17 years ago both men were involved with the same woman, Collette Andrews (Nastassja Kinski); she later had a son, Scott (Charlie Hofheimer), without being sure if Jack or Dale was actually the father. Collette chose to raise the boy on her own, but when Scott runs away from home and she can't track him down, she calls both Jack and Dale looking for help. It doesn't take long for the two men to discover that they're both looking for the same boy in the same places, and they decide to join forces, though their personalities don't get much more compatible the longer they hunt for Scott. Keep an eye peeled for a brief cameo by Mel Gibson and an appearance by the rock band Sugar Ray, shortly before their commercial breakthrough. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 9, 1997


Robin Williams
as Dale Putley
Billy Crystal
as Jack Lawrence
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
as Carrie Lawrence
Nastassja Kinski
as Collette Andrews
Charlie Hofheimer
as Scott Andrews
Bruce Greenwood
as Bob Andrews
Jared Harris
as Lee
Haylie Johnson
as Nikki
Charles Rocket
as Russ Trainor
Louis Lombardi
as Matt
Patti D'Arbanville
as Shirley Trainor
Dennis Burkley
as Calvin


Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman
Joel Silver
Babaloo Mandel
Lowell Ganz
Stephen H. Burum
James Newton Howard
Composer (Music Score)
Wendy Greene Bricmont
Sheldon Kahn
Thomas Sanders
Production Designer
Daniel Dorrance
Art Director
Gordon A. Webb
Sheldon Kahn
Associate Producer
Joe Medjuck
Executive Producer
Daniel Goldberg
Executive Producer
Francis Veber
Executive Producer
Lauri Gaffin
Set Designer
Rita Ryack
Costume Designer
Albert M. Shapiro
First Assistant Director
Michael Chinich
Bonnie Timmermann
Joel Kramer
Second Unit Director