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Parenthood Details

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This feel-good ensemble comedy tracks a quartet of suburban siblings and their families over the course of a single summer. Hardworking Gil Buckman (Steve Martin) and his stay-at-home wife, Karen (Mary Steeenburgen), have just a few months to help their oldest son, Kevin (Jasen Fisher), overcome his high-strung behavior problems before he'll be relegated to special-education classes. Gil's difficult relationship with his own father, Frank (Jason Robards), has led him to become a would-be super-dad for his three kids, so he takes his son's difficulties more than a little personally. Gil's sister, Helen (Dianne Wiest), is trying to raise a moody, adolescent son (Leaf Phoenix) and an independent-minded daughter (Martha Plimpton) with no help from her well-off ex-husband, who's more interested in his new wife and family. Gil and Helen's sister, Susan (Harley Jane Kozak), meanwhile, must participate in the too-scripted Big Life Plans of her anal-retentive husband, Nathan (Rick Moranis), whose overachiever zeal infects even their toddler daughter. When long-lost brother Larry (Tom Hulce) show up with yet another get-rich-quick scheme, he brings with him a surprise addition to the family. Screenwriters Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz, and Ron Howard negotiate their varied subplots with a deftness and comedic touch that transforms this conflicted clan into a suburban everyfamily. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:July 31, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Randy Newman Best Original Song 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randy Newman Best Song 1989 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dianne Wiest Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dianne Wiest Best Supporting Actress 1989 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steve Martin Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1989 Nominee

Cast

Steve Martin
as Gil Buckman
Mary Steenburgen
as Karen Buckman
Dianne Wiest
as Helen
Jason Robards, Jr.
as Frank Buckman
Rick Moranis
as Nathan
Tom Hulce
as Larry Buckman
Martha Plimpton
as Julie
Keanu Reeves
as Tod
Harley Jane Kozak
as Susan
Leaf Phoenix
as Garry
Helen Shaw
as Grandma
Dennis Dugan
as David Brodsky
Eileen Ryan
as Marilyn
Jasen Fisher
as Kevin
Paul Linke
as George Bowman
Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins
Michael Mickens
as Dwarf
Walter Von
as Opposing Coach
Alisan Porter
as Taylor
Zachary Lavoy
as Justin
Ivyann Schwan
as Patty
Alex Burrall
as Cool
Lowell Ganz
as Stan
Rance Howard
as Dean at College
Max Elliott Slade
as Young Gil
Clint Howard
as Lou
Lamont Lofton
as Fotomat Clerk
Erika Rafuls
as Amy
Jordan Kessler
as Matt
Billy Cohen
as Eddie
Isabelle Cooley
as Barbara Rice
Greg Gerard
as Dr. Lucas
Paul Keeley
as Kevin, Age 21
Claudio Jacobells
as College Student
Hillary Matthews
as College Student
Sherry Ferguson
as Screaming Co-ed
Todd Hallowell
as Track Official
Maxie Pontius
as Safety Man at Track
Richard Kuhlman
as Young Frank
Aspen Autrey
as Dwarf
Lloyd Cleek
as Miles
Dana Mark
as Audrey
Louisa Marie
as Teacher
Steve Zurk
as Highway Policeman
Emil Felski
as Doctor at Hospital
Julie Lander
as Student in Hallway
Connie Adams
as Cindy
Cindi Vicino
as Teacher
Zachary Lavoy
as Justin
Billy Cohen
as Eddie
Ivyann Schwan
as Patty
Emil Felski
as Doctor at Hospital
Louisa Marie
as Teacher
Lowell Ganz
as Stan
Isabelle Cooley
as Barbara Rice
Jordan Kessler
as Matt
Julie Lander
as Student in Hallway
Rance Howard
as Dean at College
Maxie Pontius
as Safety Man at Track
Todd Hallowell
as Track Official
Greg Gerard
as Dr. Lucas
Erika Rafuls
as Amy
Max Elliott Slade
as Young Gil
Connie Adams
as Cindy
Sherry Ferguson
as Screaming Co-ed
Claudio Jacobells
as College Student
Steve Zurk
as Highway Policeman
Aspen Autrey
as Dwarf
Lloyd Cleek
as Miles
Clint Howard
as Lou
Hillary Matthews
as College Student
Michael Mickens
as Dwarf
Paul Keeley
as Kevin, Age 21
Dana Mark
as Audrey
Lamont Lofton
as Fotomat Clerk
Richard Kuhlman
as Young Frank
Walter Von
as Opposing Coach
Alisan Porter
as Taylor
Alex Burrall
as Cool

Crew

Ron Howard
Director
Brian Grazer
Producer
Lowell Ganz
Screenwriter
Lowell Ganz
Screen Story
Ron Howard
Screen Story
Ron Howard
Screenwriter
Babaloo Mandel
Screenwriter
Babaloo Mandel
Screen Story
Donald M. McAlpine
Cinematographer
Randy Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Hill
Editor
Todd Hallowell
Production Designer
Louisa Velis
Associate Producer
Joseph M. Caracciolo, Jr.
Executive Producer
Ruth Morley
Costume Designer
Joe Napolitano
First Assistant Director
Tom Priestley Jr.
Camera Operator
Robert Jauregui
Stunts
Artie Malesci
Stunts
Janet Hirshenson
Casting
Jane Jenkins
Casting
Fern Buchner
Makeup
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