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Aging con artist Max Dugan (Jason Robards) never spent much time with his family, but when he learns that he is fatally ill, he chooses to visit his daughter, Nora (Marsha Mason). Now an adult with a son of her own, Nora hasn't seen much of her father since she was a young child. Her son, Michael (Matthew Broderick), who has never met Max, takes an immediate liking to his grandfather; however, Nora's new boyfriend, Brian (Donald Sutherland), a police officer, is suspicious of the old man.

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  • Sep 06, 2010
    A great family comedy drama, again with the cute young Broderick, I loved this movie, it's charming. Oh, and just so you don't get confused like I did, this movie isn't a sequel to anything.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2008
    Charming fable. Jaon Robards is irresistible as the wandering dad.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2008
    A real charming movie from 1983. What would you do if someone suddenly gave you everything you ever wanted. That's what happens when Nora's long estranged father Max shows up on her doorstep one rainy night carrying a satchel filled with $687,000. Max only has 6 months left to live, and wants to give Nora, a struggling schoolteacher, and her young son Michael, all the luxuries he can in the time he has left. The problem is, the money Max has, he stole from a casino he worked at in Vegas. To further complicate matters, Nora has just started dating Kevin, who is a police detective. Bestowed with amazing gifts, from new appliances, to a brand new Mercedes, to a completely refurbished house, Nora tries to hide her father's identity, and explain away her seemingly new found wealth. Jason Robards gives a poignant performance as Max, a lifelong ne'er do well, who tries to make things right with his family. Marsha Mason is charming and hilarious as the put upon Nora. Kiefer Sutherland is solid as the police detective torn between his feelings for Nora, and the nagging feeling he has that all is not as it appears with her. The movie features Matthew Broderick, in his film debut, as Nora's son Michael, a kid who hits the jackpot, and doesn't see his mother's problem with taking what Max is giving them. It's a very Frank Capra-esque fantasy, that showcases the fantasy that everyone who struggles with everyday life would feel if their ship suddenly came in. A feel good movie if there ever was one, it's also the screen debut of 24's Keifer Sutherland.
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