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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gary David Goldberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 31, 2005
MCA Universal Home Video


as Jake Tremont

as John Tremont

as Bette Tremont

as Annie

as Billy Tremont

as Dr. Chad

as Dr. Santana

as Dr. Ethridge

as Dr. Delibro

as Victor Walton

as Hal McCarthy

as Gloria McCarthy

as DMV Instructor

as Butcher

as Ralph Kramer

as Bingo Caller

as Bank Executive

as Dry Cleaner

as Receptionist

as Surprised Neighbor

as Young Jake

as Corporate Employee

as Young Bette

as Corporate Employee

as Young John

as Corporate Employee

as Young Annie

as Corporate Employee

as Jake's Nurse

as Jake's Nurse

as Jake's Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Dad

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

An utterly mechanical tearjerker.

Full Review… | July 29, 2007

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

April 28, 2006

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.

Super Reviewer

Jack Lemmon gives his fine performance, even if it is through a mound of make-up.

Dean McKenna

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

Super Reviewer

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