Irreconcilable Differences

Irreconcilable Differences

Director: Charles Shyer Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Shelley Long, Drew Barrymore
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Irreconcilable Differences

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2009
UPC: 0012236102557
Original Release: 1984
Rating: PG-13
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:53:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Trivia track

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
Nancy Meyers Executive 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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Irreconcilable Differences
1. Divorce [6:44]
2. Hitchhike [5:15]
3. Outburst [6:09]
4. Two Octopuses [6:18]
5. Called Off [9:32]
6. American Romance [8:34]
7. New Face [8:09]
8. Moving In [6:11]
9. Separate [5:59]
10. Child Support [7:05]
11. Start Fresh [10:43]
12. Emergency [9:01]
13. Busy [8:36]
14. In the Middle [4:22]
15. Real Family [7:28]
16. End Credits [3:12]

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Irreconcilable Differences 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was not very good. Not funny, or entertaining.