USA Today - 04/02/1993
"...Performed, scored and designed with passion..."
Variety - 02/22/1993
"...DeVito gives an interesting portrayal.....Steinmiller's performance is especially good in its range and feeling..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/02/1993
"...[With] scenes of great poignancy....The characters are clearly seen...[and] there is always a feeling that DeVito and the two young boys make up a real family..."
A heartwarming, funny, critically acclaimed film about a recent widower struggling to raise his kids. Danny DeVito delivers a performance that is "easily the best of his career."
A recently widowed father with a alcohol problem and his two young sons move from New York to the California suburbs during the early 1970s and find themselves coping with hardship, adolescence and frightening incidents which occur in the neighborhood, all the while growing closer as a family.
Family Interaction |
Color by DeLuxe.
Released in the USA on April 2, 1993.
Titles and Opticals by Pacific Title.
Though set in the Bay Area of Oakland and San Francisco, the film was actually shot in a different location: a huge flat section of land in the center of Los Angeles.
The director, Marshall Herskovitz, was the co-author of TV's "Thirtysomething." Writer, Steve Zaillian, directed his first film, "Searching For Bobby Fisher," in 1993.
Footage from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" provided by Republic Pictures Home Video; footage from "Them" provided by Warner Bros.; footage from "Cookie Jar Empty/Full" provided by Sesame Street Children's Television Workshop; 1972 World Series stock footage provided by Phoenix Communications Group; footage from "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein," "Frankenstein" and "The Wolfman" provided by MCA/Universal; footage from "Lost in Space" provided by Space Productions; footage from "Cheaper By the Dozen" and "The Fly" provided by 20th Century Fox.
The $9.98 VHS version has been released under the "Twentieth Century Fox Selections" label.