I Never Sang For My Father Movie Review Summary

Actors: Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman, Dorothy Stickney

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Gene Garrison has a troubled relationship with his father, Tom. Tom once had the picture perfect life, a great career as the company president, happy wife and children and head citizen in a small town. Throughout the years, Tom has become dependent and needy, especially of Gene. Margaret, Gene's dying mother, believes that her son should not be under Tom's wing and at the age of forty four, should be able to live independently on his own without her husband being demanding and controlling of their son's life.
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Gene himself is doing quite well as a college professor and has plans to wed a doctor named Dr. Margaret "Peggy" Thayer, who created a pratice in California where the two wants to live. Mrs. Garrison gives her ok but Tom is reculant to let his son go and live life on his own. Gene's willful sister Alice has already broken free of their father stubborn ways and disapproval of marrying someone else of a different culture. Alice hopes that Gene will able to find strength to stand up as a man and confront their father to remind him he is no longer the young boy who caters to his father needs.

Prior to Gene's wedding, Margaret dies and expected, Gene is right by his father's side, throughout his crabby days while suffering from his dad own problems. Both Alice and Gene agree to hire a housekeeper for their father, someone to keep him company but Tom waves that idea off, Gene even thought of putting his father in a nursery home, but realize he will hate the place. The only solution Gene has is the words Alice once told him; live his life freely from their father or else he will end up unpleasant and emotionally cold as his father. For Gene it is hard to leave his father angry at him, but at the same time if he stays, he will feel trapped.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father Coping with loss of    -   Momma

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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