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Parenthood (1989)

Director: Ron Howard     Starring: Steve Martin
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204035661
UPC: 025193236524
UPC 14: 00025193236524
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Special Edition.
The buckmans are a modern-day family facing the age-old dilemma of trying to raise children the right way. At the center of the storm is gil, who manages to keep his unique sense of humor while attempting to maintain a successful career and be a loving husband and parent at the same time.

"Insightful...warm, winning and truthful...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"A veritable diaper bag of laughs...  Rita Kempley, Washington Post

Editor's Note
The Buckmans are a modern-day family facing the age-old dilemma of trying to raise children the "right" way. At the center of the storm is Gil, who manages to keep his unique sense of humor while maintaining his career, and being a loving husband and parent.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, English, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/25/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 124 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1989
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 61032365
Video UPC UPC: 00025193236524
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dianne Wiest
Video Cast Info Jason Robards
Video Cast Info Joaquin Phoenix
Video Cast Info Keanu Reeves
Video Cast Info Martha Plimpton
Video Cast Info Mary Steenburgen
Video Cast Info Rick Moranis
Video Cast Info Steve Martin
Video Cast Info Babaloo Mandel - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Brian Grazer - Producer
Video Cast Info Christopher Nowak - Art Director
Video Cast Info Daniel P. Hanley - Editor
Video Cast Info Donald McAlpine - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Joseph M. Caracciolo - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Lowell Ganz - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Lowell Ganz, et. al. - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Mike Hill - Editor
Video Cast Info Ron Howard - Director
Plot Summary
The trials and tribulations of middle-class family life are depicted in director Ron Howard's humorous and loving ode to the joys of parenthood. Middle-manager Gil Buckman struggles to reconcile his ambitions at work with his loyalty to his family, particularly to his troubled son, Kevin. His divorced sister Helen has a sullen and withdrawn son and a sexually active teenage daughter. Gil's other sister, Susan, is a schoolteacher married to an ambitious yuppie determined to make a genius of their 3-year-old daughter. Their long-lost brother, the irresponsible Larry, has always been daddy's favorite and returns home with an illegitimate son named Cool.


Nominee (1990)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Randy Newman, Best Original Song - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Steve Martin, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Diane Wiest, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Grammy, Randy Newman, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television
   Video Award Name Oscar, Randy Newman, Best Music, Original Song
   Video Award Name Oscar, Diane Wiest, Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Heartfelt and howlingly comic..." 08/24/1989 p.38

New York Times
"...[A] sophisticated sitcom of a movie....A rich evocation of the swirl of suburban family life..." 08/02/1989 p.C15

Los Angeles Times
"...[Howard's] fine touch with ensembles reaches real maturity here, as he pulls together the script's tendency to skitter between sociology and sitcom, making it into one perceptive, delicious whole..." 08/02/1989 p.C1

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
Ron Howard's "Parenthood" is a delicate balancing act between comedy and truth, a movie that contains a lot of laughter and yet is more concerned with character than punch lines. It's the best kind of comedy, where we recognize the truth of what's happening even while we're smiling, and where we eventually acknowledge that there is a truth in comedy that serious drama never can quite reach...What I enjoyed most about the movie was the way so many scenes were thought through to an additional level...Having emerged from a TV sitcom ("Happy Days") determined to become a director, [Howard] paid his dues with apprentice work like "Grand Theft Auto," went on to box office and critical success with "Splash" and "Cocoon." Now he has made a wonderful film that shows him as a filmmaker mature and secure enough to find truth in comedy, and comedy in truth, even though each hides in the other so successfully. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Martin,Steve
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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