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Irreconcilable Differences (1984)

Alternating between the past and the present, a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation, surprising them both.

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Charles Shyer
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Neal ... Albert Brodsky
Shelley Long ... Lucy Van Patten Brodsky
Drew Barrymore ... Casey Brodsky
Sam Wanamaker ... David Kessler
Allen Garfield ... Phil Hanner
Sharon Stone ... Blake Chandler
Kim Marriner Kim Marriner ... Reporter
Wendy Gordon Wendy Gordon ... Reporter
Ken Gale Ken Gale ... Reporter
Deborah Cody Deborah Cody ... Reporter
Steven K. Miller Steven K. Miller ... Reporter
Hortensia Colorado Hortensia Colorado ... Maria Hernandez
Annie Meyers-Shyer Annie Meyers-Shyer ... Little Girl in Crowd
Lauren Hartman Lauren Hartman ... Woman on the Street
David Paymer ... Alan Sluiser
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Storyline

Albert and Lucy fall in love, get married, and have a daughter Casey. Everything is wonderful, until their work distracts Albert and Lucy from each other and Casey. They soon divorce and start fighting. Casey, who spends much time with their Latino maid and childminder, eventually decides to seek legal emancipation from her parents, and to go and live full time with the maid who has been taking care of her. The media pick up the case and have a field day with it, making things worse. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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She'll do anything to keep her parents together... even divorce them! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diferencias irreconciliables See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,076,894, 30 September 1984

Gross USA:

$12,414,210

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,414,210
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Bogdanovich directed Ryan O'Neal eight years earlier in the movie Nickelodeon, which has a very similar premise to this movie, where O'Neal is playing a fictional version of Bogdanovich, going from a film historian college professor to a writer and a filmmaker. In Nickelodeon, it's the same premise only O'Neal is a lawyer (with the same kind of awkward personality) who becomes a writer and filmmaker. Also, in each film there's an older mentor who hires them on the spot: Here it's Sam Wanamaker and then it's Brian Keith: both as film producers who are desperate for their film to be fixed, and O'Neal's characters fix it. See more »

Quotes

David Kessler: [singing] This Civil War ain't gonna get me down. I'm taking my act to a brand new town. This belle rings in old Atlanta. I'm gonna find myself a brand new Santa!
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Features An Affair to Remember (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

You And Me (We Wanted It All)
Written by Carole Bayer Sager & Peter Allen
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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One of the best movies Ryan ONeil ever made!
8 February 2007 | by dal_asherSee all my reviews

I originally saw this movie in 1985 with my kids and of course, we loved it! We were living in India at the time and videos were our only link to American culture. Fortunatley we had a copy (no comment). We probably saw it 30 or 40 times over the years. When Blake starts singing during the scene in the Gone With The Wind take off, Atlanta, I have tears rolling down my cheeks. Later in the film you see the heartbreaking reality of many a child's life growing up in Hollywood. Money aplenty but no quality time with family. The premise is so sad and Drew Barrymore is so poignant - truly showed what a talented kid she was and sadly she seems to have been living very much the same way her character was in the film. Finally, I too, would join in campaign to get this out on DVD! Why hasn't it been released? Could it be the heights to which Sharon Stone rose on the stardom scale? Who knows but if you ever have a chance to see this movie, clear your schedule and sit down and watch it.


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