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This week's movie topic is all about Dads inspired by a visit to Molly's dad for his birthday. These movies all feature Fathers - funny, sad, inspiring, scary and demanding ones. Share on your blog movies featuring Dads and then link back here at The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!
The Great Santini (1979) starring Robert Duvall. He plays a successful Marine officer and a not so successful husband and a father. The film focuses on the love and conflict he has with his family and, in particular, his eldest son (played by Michael O'Keefe whom the father expects will follow in his footsteps while the son is not so sure he wants to. The father is also in conflict with himself and relieves all of these stresses with heavy drinking.
Robert Duvall and Michael O'Keefe received Academy Award nominations for their roles. The Movie also stars
This is one of the few films I have ever seen that I thought was as good as the book written by Pat Conroy.
The Father of the Bride (1950 & 1991)
The 1950 version starred Spencer Tracy with Joan Bennett as his wife and Elizabeth Taylor as his daughter.
The 1991 version starred Steve Martin with Diane Keaton as his wife and Kimberly Williams as his daughter.
Both movies are about a Father going through the aggravation and enjoyment of his only daughter's expensive wedding from the day he meets the groom and his parents to the last guest leaving the reception. While the 1950 version relies more on sophisticated humor, the 1991 version is more the physical humor Steve Martin is known for. Both are sweet and funny. The earlier version moves at a slower pace and is more thoughtful while the more recent version is livelier.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Starring Spencer Tracy with Katherine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier and Katherine Houghton. Spencer Tracy's daughter brings home an African American "beau" and her parents who have always professed to be very liberal discover that maybe they aren't as liberal as they thought or acted! When the beau's parents arrive for the dinner, they have a similar negative response to the couple being together. This is a wonderful movie, it's intense, very witty and extremely well-written and acted. I don't want to give the ending away but if you haven't seen this movie, it's wonderful.
Kramer v. Kramer (1979) Starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. The father of a small boy arrives home to find that his wife is leaving him and their young son. Suddenly he has to be the mommy and the daddy when he was barely functioning as the daddy. A year and a half later she returns for a divorce and for her son. A custody battle ensues.
This movie won the Academy Award for Best picture. This movie made me laugh, cry, shout and cheer. It's pretty amazing!