I Never Sang for My Father

1970

I Never Sang for My Father

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Based on the play by Robert Anderson, I Never Sang for My Father is devoted to the prickly relationship between aged Tom Garrison (Melvyn Douglas) and his grown son Gene (Gene Hackman). A college professor who feels that he has never been fully accepted by his self-made dad, Gene announces that he is going to move from New York to marry a California divorcee. His mother (Dorothy Stickney) approves of the union but worries that her son's move will have a negative effect on the increasingly truculent Tom. When his mother dies just before the wedding, Gene is forced to help his father through his dark days. His sister (Estelle Parsons) urges her brother to break the ties for good and all--or else he'll wind up as bitter and withdrawn as their father. Gene realizes the wisdom of these words when he tries to reach out to his father during a vulnerable moment, only to have the crabby Tom tell him to get lost and leave him alone.

Cast

Melvyn Douglas
as Tom Garrison
Gene Hackman
as Gene Garrison
Dorothy Stickney
as Margaret Garrison
Daniel Keyes
as Dr. Mayberry
Conrad Bain
as Rev. Pell
Jon Richards
as Marvin Scott
Carol Peterson
as 1st Nurse
Sloane Shelton
as 2nd Nurse
James Karen
as Mr. Tucker, Old Age Home Director
Jean Dexter
as Hostess
Beverly Penberthy
as Special Nurse
Valerie Ogden
as 3rd Nurse
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Critic Reviews for I Never Sang for My Father

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Audience Reviews for I Never Sang for My Father

  • Apr 13, 2020
    Can't help but think that Robert Redford thought of this film when he directed his Oscar winning Ordinary People. The psychology here is much more simple than what Redford achieved with his film - which really isn't saying much. Yet, this film is worthy of screening for the performances of the entire cast - especially for Melvyn Douglas and Estelle Parsons. Gene Hackman's performance deserves attention, too, but, for me, Douglas and Parsons deliver the more noteworthy performances.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2013
    Very good early Hackman and he and Douglas spar nicely. Another story of intergenerational conflict and misunderstanding appropriately executed by the performers.
    John B Super Reviewer

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