Where's Poppa? (1970)

Where's Poppa?


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A New York lawyer's love life is continually ruined by the meddling of his senile, and increasingly insane, mother. After losing yet another woman thanks to mother's mad behavior, he begins to seriously consider matricide. This infamously dark, boundary-pushing comedy was considered extremely daring in its day.

Rating: R
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Klane
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On DVD: Dec 3, 2002



as Gordon Hocheiser

as Mrs. Hocheiser

as Sidney Hocheiser

as Louise Callan

as Louise Callan

as Gladys Hocheiser

as Coach Williams

as Gang Leader

as Woman in Elevator

as Policeman in Apartme...

as Miss Morgiani

as Job Applicant

as Job Applicant

as Col. Hendriks

as Owner of Gus & Grace...

as Army Lawyer

as Roger

as Muthaf.

as Owner of Happytime F...

as Lawyer for Memphis M...

as Policeman in Courtho...

as Policeman in Jail Ce...

as Taxi Lady

as Sheldon Hocheiser

as Cab Driver

as Sheldon Hocheiser

as Shoeshine Man

as Bit Part (uncredited...
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Critic Reviews for Where's Poppa?

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Audience Reviews for Where's Poppa?


An insane black comedy that pushed the envelope even in 1970. It's really hilarious, but a bit shocking at the same time. Gordon and Segal are great actors and both give fantastic performances. I really liked this crazy movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


A deranged comedy, with some deranged characters, that will have you laughing at it's deranged stupidity.

"Gordon, as the widowed mother, is in senile dementia constantly asking "Where's Poppa?" and scaring off nurses and Segal's girlfriends with her bawdy eccentricities. In her mental lapses she can't remember her son is a grown man, and when he brings home Trish Van Devere the mother suddenly describes the size of her son's sex organs as if he were a child. Van Devere as a prospective nurse looks like the Angel of Mercy with her sweet pure face framed in a white cap, but she is also a little insane."

This movie is hilarious. Not laugh out loud humor, and not raunchy like today's comedies, but still fu**ing funny as hell. Where's Poppa? is an intelligent, smart, dark and twisted little comedy. There's some pretty messed up shit in this movie and some hysterical, over the top, classic one liners, such as...

"He's got a pecker this big."

"And I want you to know that if you mess this one up for me, I'm gonna punch your fuckin' heart out."

"He made a caca on the bed."

You'll know exactly what I'm talking about when you see this movie. Funny shit!

Well acted, smart, funny, and Highly recommended!

jd cryptic

Super Reviewer

For those who like their comedies sick and twisted.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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