Irreconcilable Differences

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Overview

In this human-scale drama/comedy, a pair of Beverly Hills parents, Albert Ryan O'Neal and Lucy Shelley Long first come together as a couple interested in writing she and teaching he, but Albert's life takes an upscale turn when he starts both writing and then directing in Hollywood. As he becomes successful, Lucy is forced to burrow into her own writing in self-defense, and after her book is well-received, she is compensated a little for Albert's lack of attention and philandering. After Hollywood and its ...
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Overview

In this human-scale drama/comedy, a pair of Beverly Hills parents, Albert Ryan O'Neal and Lucy Shelley Long first come together as a couple interested in writing she and teaching he, but Albert's life takes an upscale turn when he starts both writing and then directing in Hollywood. As he becomes successful, Lucy is forced to burrow into her own writing in self-defense, and after her book is well-received, she is compensated a little for Albert's lack of attention and philandering. After Hollywood and its well-known flaws are sketched out in the increasingly strained marriage, the story reaches its primary focus: Albert and Lucy's 9-year-old daughter Casey Drew Barrymore talks to a lawyer because she wants to sue her parents for divorce. She gets no hugs or affection, and precious little attention, and she would prefer to go live with the maid. Given the parents' celebrity, the case receives wide press -- and the family begins to reconsider where it is going and why. Although a bit long, especially in the first half which wanders off course a little, the story is engaging enough especially for Hollywood buffs to balance any weaknesses.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Charles Shyer and Film Scholar and Consultant Bruce A. Block; A Video of Charles Shyer introducing the film; Making-of Featurette; A Slide Show of Photos; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
If Irreconcilable Differences had been produced twenty years later, it would have been made for the cable channel E!. Those familiar with Hollywood scandals will enjoy this film. Ryan O'Neal's character, a film scholar who had written a thesis on the films of Ernst Lubitsch and favors studious looking think-lensed glasses, is an obvious evocation of Peter Bogdonovich. The character's marriage to Lucy (Shelley Long), and his rise to fame closely resembles Bogdanovich's relationship with Polly Platt and his own early career success. What turns Irreconcilable Differences into something more than Hollywood gossip is the preternatural maturity of Drew Barrymore. Here cast as a child who sees the emptiness of her father's Hollywood lifestyle and mourns the crumbling of her family, she communicates a weariness that would be disturbing from someone so young were it not for her superb comic timing. Barrymore, and the rest of the cast, makes this material worthwhile for any audience, even those who know nothing of Bogdanovich, Platt, or Cybill Shepherd - hysterically spoofed here by a very young Sharon Stone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2013
  • UPC: 887090053105
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,736

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Beverlee Reed Dotty Chandler
Hortensia Colorado Maria Hernandez
Mark May Reporter
Arlin Miller Radio Newscaster
Ken Gale Reporter
David D'Arnal Waiter
Gregory Hodal Atlanta Preacher
Kim Marriner Reporter
Wendy Gordon Reporter
Deborah Cody Reporter
Steven K. Miller Reporter
Annie Meyers-Shyer Little Girl in Crowd
David Paymer Alan Slusier
Larry Marko Court Clerk
Lorinne Vozoff Judge Shalack
David Graf Bink
Ida Random Woman at Party
Steffen Zacharias Man at Party
Laura Campbell Uptight Woman
Jenny Gago Tracy
Johna Stewart Little Casey
Ildiko Jaid Whispering Woman
Kelly Lange Anchorwoman
Rex Reed Entertainment Editor
Irving Meyers Man in Bar
William A. Fraker Gabrielle Cinematographer
Eloise Hardt Elaine Kessler
Stuart Pankin Ronnie
Carl Byrd Sound Man
Luana Anders Atlanta Widow
Richard Minchenberg Howard Kay
Charlotte Stewart Sally
Dana Kaminski Woman in Dress Shop
Ken Lerner Doctor
Minnie Lindsay Inez
Technical Credits
Charles Shyer Director, Screenwriter
Jane Bogart Art Director
John F. Burnett Editor
Paul De Senneville Score Composer
William A. Fraker Cinematographer, Screenwriter
Richard Hashimoto Associate Producer, Producer
Nancy Meyers Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Ida Random Art Director, Production Designer
Mort Schwartz Costumes/Costume Designer
Arlene Sellers Producer
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Olivier Toussant Score Composer
Alex Winitsky Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Irreconcilalble Differences
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [24:38]
3. Chapter 3 [22:09]
4. Chapter 4 [8:37]
5. Chapter 5 [12:20]
6. Chapter 6 [15:58]
7. Chapter 7 [14:53]
8. Chapter 8 [1:21]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Irreconcilalble Differences
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   Chapters
   Bonus
      Feature Commentary
         Feature Commentary: On
         Feature Commentary: Off
      Charles Shyer Introduction
      Featurette
      Gallery
      Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2011

    THE MOVIE IS WONDERFUL AND A CLASSIC, THIS DVD IS TERRIBLE

    This DVD is a cheap transfer from an actual VHS master, with washed-out colors and blacks that override night shots. A very undeserving edition to a true unsung classic of the 80's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't see this movie

    It was not very good. Not funny, or entertaining.

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