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It Runs in the Family Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

A family takes on the difficult task of learning how to get along with one another in this emotional comedy drama. Alex Gromberg (Michael Douglas) is a middle-aged man who feels caught in the middle of his familial obligations as he muddles he way through a midlife crisis. While a successful businessman, Alex sometimes still feels as if he's under the shadow of his father, Mitchell Gromberg (Kirk Douglas), a successful attorney whose skills in the courtroom outstripped his gifts as a parent. Elderly Mitchell has recently survived a stroke, and Alex and Mitchell want to mend their relationship while there's still time, but making it so proves difficult, even with Alex getting advice from his wife, psychologist Rebecca (Bernadette Peters), and Mitchell being prodded by his long-suffering wife, Evelyn (Diana Douglas). Alex is also trying to reach out to his two sons, who are as different as night and day; college student Asher (Cameron Douglas) is an aspiring club DJ who seems to be styling himself to bear no resemblance to his father, while 11-year-old Eli (Rory Culkin) is an overly serious lad who is having trouble navigating the first steps of adolescence. It Runs in the Family marked the first time Kirk Douglas acted in a film with his son Michael Douglas; adding to the family atmosphere was Michael's son Cameron Douglas, working with his family for the first time, and Diana Douglas, Kirk's former wife and Michael's mother. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 25, 2003

Cast

Michael Douglas
as Alex Gromberg
Kirk Douglas
as Mitchell Gromberg
Rory Culkin
as Eli Gromberg
Cameron Douglas
as Asher Gromberg
Diana Douglas
as Evelyn Gromberg
Bernadette Peters
as Rebecca Gromberg
Michelle Monaghan
as Peg Maloney
Geoffrey Arend
as Malik
Sarita Choudhury
as Suzie
Irene Gorovaia
as Abby Staley
Annie Golden
as Deb
Mark Hammer
as Stephen Gromberg
Colman Domingo
Robert Montano
as Officer Crane
Keith Nobbs
as Marc Stein
Stephen Singer
as Dr. Kaplan
Jerome Bates
as Officer McDonough
Cameron Boyd
as Skateboarder
Ian Boyd
as Skateboarder
Alvin Crawford
as Male Nurse
Roy Milton Davis
as Homeless Man
Ray Demattis
as Italian Waiter
Brenda Thomas Denmark
as Teacher
David Greenspan
as Howard
Adam Grupper
as Principal
Shantell Herndon
as Young Jogger
Bob Kaliban
as Jim Lindsay
Demetrius Kiprakis
as Skateboarder
Wynter Kullman
as Katie
Mark Ledbetter
as Young Jogger
Carmen Lopez
as Rosario
Adrian Martinez
as Mitchell's Doorman
Adam Mucci
as Officer Samms
Erik-Anders Nilsson
as Jogger
Kelly Overton
as Erica
Josh Pais
as Barney
Joel Rooks
as Suit
Louie Torrellas
as Jeremy
Robert Montano
as Officer Crane
Louie Torrellas
as Jeremy
Kelly Overton
as Erica
Stephen Singer
as Dr. Kaplan
Jerome Bates
as Officer McDonough
Adrian Martinez
as Mitchell's Doorman
Joel Rooks
as Suit
Ray Demattis
as Italian Waiter
Mark Ledbetter
as Young Jogger
Keith Nobbs
as Marc Stein
Josh Pais
as Barney
Bob Kaliban
as Jim Lindsay
Wynter Kullman
as Katie
Shantell Herndon
as Young Jogger
Adam Grupper
as Principal
Demetrius Kiprakis
as Skateboarder
Alvin Crawford
as Male Nurse
Roy Milton Davis
as Homeless Man
Brenda Thomas Denmark
as Teacher
Erik-Anders Nilsson
as Jogger
Carmen Lopez
as Rosario
Adam Mucci
as Officer Samms
Cameron Boyd
as Skateboarder
Ian Boyd
as Skateboarder
David Greenspan
as Howard

Crew

Fred Schepisi
Director
Michael Douglas
Producer
Jesse Wigutow
Screenwriter
Ian Baker
Cinematographer
Paul Grabowsky
Composer (Music Score)
Susan Jacobs
Musical Direction/Supervision
Kate Williams
Editor
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Production Designer
George Allison
Art Director
Jesse Wigutow
Co-producer
Marcy Drogin
Co-producer
Joel A. Douglas
Associate Producer
Fred Schepisi
Executive Producer
Kerry Orent
Executive Producer
Diane Lederman
Set Designer
Marit Allen
Costume Designer
Michael Barosky
Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Pfeiffer
First Assistant Director
Avy Kaufman
Casting
Max Hoskins
Supervising Sound Editor
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