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Irreconcilable Differences Details


In this human-scale drama/comedy, a pair of Beverly Hills parents, Albert (Ryan O'Neal) and Lucy (Shelley Long) first come together as a couple interested in writing (she) and teaching (he), but Albert's life takes an upscale turn when he starts both writing and then directing in Hollywood. As he becomes successful, Lucy is forced to burrow into her own writing in self-defense, and after her book is well-received, she is compensated a little for Albert's lack of attention and philandering. After Hollywood and its well-known flaws are sketched out in the increasingly strained marriage, the story reaches its primary focus: Albert and Lucy's 9-year-old daughter Casey (Drew Barrymore) talks to a lawyer because she wants to sue her parents for divorce. She gets no hugs or affection, and precious little attention, and she would prefer to go live with the maid. Given the parents' celebrity, the case receives wide press -- and the family begins to reconsider where it is going and why. Although a bit long, especially in the first half which wanders off course a little, the story is engaging enough (especially for Hollywood buffs) to balance any weaknesses. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Drew Barrymore Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1984 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Shelley Long Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1984 Nominee


Ryan O'Neal
as Albert Brodsky
Shelley Long
as Lucy Van Patten Brodsky
Drew Barrymore
as Casey Brodsky
Sam Wanamaker
as David Kessler
Allen Garfield
as Phil Hanner
Sharon Stone
as Blake Chandler
Larry Marko
as Court Clerk
Rex Reed
as Entertainment Editor
William A. Fraker
as Gabrielle Cinematographer
David Graf
as Bink
Ken Gale
as Reporter
Steffen Zacharias
as Man at Party
Kim Marriner
as Reporter
Kelly Lange
as Anchorwoman
Jenny Gago
as Tracy
David Paymer
as Alan Slusier
Carl Byrd
as Sound Man
Mark May
as Reporter
Irving Meyers
as Man in Bar
Ken Lerner
as Doctor
Dana Kaminski
as Woman in Dress Shop
Laura Campbell
as Uptight Woman
Luana Anders
as Atlanta Widow
Annie Meyers-Shyer
as Little Girl in Crowd
Arlin Miller
as Radio Newscaster
Richard Minchenberg
as Howard Kay
Minnie Lindsay
as Inez
Lorinne Vozoff
as Judge Shalack
Ida Random
as Woman at Party
Gregory Hodal
as Atlanta Preacher
Eloise Hardt
as Elaine Kessler
Stuart Pankin
as Ronnie
Hortensia Colorado
as Maria Hernandez


Charles Shyer
Arlene Sellers
Alex Winitsky
Richard Hashimoto
Nancy Meyers
William A. Fraker
Nancy Meyers
Charles Shyer
William A. Fraker
Ida Random
Production Designer
Ida Random
Art Director
Jane Bogart
Art Director
Richard Hashimoto
Associate Producer
Nancy Meyers
Executive Producer
Mort Schwartz
Costume Designer
Joe Tompkins
Costume Designer