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Dad (1989)




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Looking like death warmed over, Jack Lemmon plays the aging father of Ted Danson. Always proud of being able to fend for himself, Lemmon despises being reliant upon others, but his enfeebled state does not allow him his old independence. For his part, Danson resents having to care for his dad as he would for an infant. Things take an upward turn when a "Doctor Feelgood" (Zakes Mokae) enters the scene, pumping Lemmon full of self-confidence. But then Lemmon is stricken with cancer, an affliction that he can't jolly himself out of. As the reality of his imminent death strikes everyone around him, Lemmon retreats into fantasy, recalling the past happy events of his life as though they're happening here and now. The rest of the family humors their dying dad, and in so doing draws closer together than they've been in years. TV sitcom maestro Gary David Goldberg co-produced and directed Dad, and also adapted the screenplay from the novel by William Wharton. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Jack Lemmon
as Jake Tremont
Ted Danson
as John Tremont
Olympia Dukakis
as Bette Tremont
Ethan Hawke
as Billy Tremont
Zakes Mokae
as Dr. Chad
J.T. Walsh
as Dr. Santana
Peter Michael Goetz
as Dr. Ethridge
John Apicella
as Dr. Delibro
Richard McGonagle
as Victor Walton
Bill Morey
as Hal McCarthy
Mary Fogarty
as Gloria McCarthy
Art Frankel
as DMV Instructor
Ray Girardin
as Butcher
Gregory Itzin
as Ralph Kramer
Richard Fiske
as Bingo Caller
Tony Kienitz
as Bank Executive
Terry Wills
as Dry Cleaner
Patti Arpaia
as Receptionist
Donna Porter
as Surprised Neighbor
Chris Lemmon
as Young Jake
Gina Raymond
as Young Bette
Justin Petersen
as Young John
Sprague Grayden
as Young Annie
Jan Munroe
as Corporate Employee
Nancy Paul
as Corporate Employee
Charles Stransky
as Corporate Employee
Patrick Massett
as Corporate Employee
Edith Fields
as Jake's Nurse
Takayo Fischer
as Jake's Nurse
Andi Chapman
as Jake's Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Dad

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

The proof of the movie's promise is in the opening scenes, which work powerfully. The film doesn't go bad all at once; it derails about halfway through.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

'80s tearjerker portrays elderly with depth, dignity.

July 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An utterly mechanical tearjerker.

July 29, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson do great work as father and son.

April 28, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

This three generational melodrama is well acted by Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson and Ethan Hawke but it's too sentimental and manipulative for the big screen

June 13, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

This is a maudlin and painfully pedantic piece of filmmaking, and it's not even bad enough to be consistently funny.

June 8, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dad


I just watched this 1989 movie. How the heck I missed ever seeing it is beyond me. It was really, really good. I have never been a huge Ted Danson fan (other than Cheers days maybe), but he did a wonderful job..and so did the rest of the cast. I miss Jack Lemmon. He was one of my all time favorites. Too bad he's gone.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Dad was a great family drama, about how hard life could struck sometimes. It showed how in critical conditions of life we appreciate our family more. Ted Danson's character returned home to take care for his aging father, a role for Jack Lemmon.He was obsessed with his job and making money that he lost many precious moments of being with his parents, his son,and now he was faced with his dad;s illness and he tried to do all he can to help him out of this situation and spent as many times possible before he died.Ted Danson & Jack Lemmon played their role perfectly. It was great to see these 2 men of different generations trying to reach each other again.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer


Tear jerker, run of the mill however, Jack Lemmon is the one to watch in this one.

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer

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