PARENTHOOD
1989, Universal, 124 min, USA, Dir: Ron Howard

Raising children has never seemed so hilarious, frustrating and true to life as in this delightful dramedy from director Ron Howard. Featuring an Oscar-winning original song from Randy Newman, the film follows overwhelmed parents-of-three Gil (Steve Martin) and Karen Buckman (Mary Steenburgen) as they learn to juggle work, friends and their extended family of four generations. The stellar ensemble includes Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Jason Robards and Dianne Wiest, who took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.


THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 84 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

1930s matinee idol Jeff Daniels walks down off the movie screen into sweet, adoring fan Mia Farrow’s life in this bittersweet comic fantasy. With Dianne Wiest, Danny Aiello, Van Johnson, Milo O’Shea, Edward Herrmann.


RADIO DAYS
1987, Park Circus, 88 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

Woody Allen recreates the golden age of radio in this charming piece of witty nostalgia. Stories about the great entertainers of the 1940s alternate with episodes of Queens family life in a tapestry of romance and comedy that stars Allen regulars Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Wallace Shawn, Jeff Daniels and Diane Keaton.


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