The Good Father

The Good Father

Anthony Hopkins
Director: Mike Newell Cast: Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
, Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
, Harriet Walter
Harriet Walter
Mike Newell


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Anthony Hopkins stars in The Good Father as a publishing executive whose wife Julie Walters has left him, taking their son with her. Walking around like a zombie after this blow, Hopkins is brought back to life by involving himself in the profound problems of his friend Jim Broadbent. Feeling that his misguided pro-feminist stance has caused him all his trouble, Hopkins encourages Broadbent, whose own wife is leaving him with their son in tow, to fight for custody of the child in court. Hopkins even agrees to finance Broadbent's legal fees. As Broadbent's custody battle intensifies into a bitter, all-out war, Hopkins becomes more relaxed concerning his own domestic difficulties. Allowing Broadbent to be his emotional surrogate, a becalmed Hopkins feels secure enough to try to reconcile with his ex-wife Walters. But she is aware, even if he isn't, that his problems stem not from his relationship with women, but from his resentment of his son, whose birth was the beginning of the end of his marriage. Contrary to the title and his own self-deceptions, Hopkins is not "the good father." The film was scripted by Christopher Hampton from a novel by Peter Prince.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2005
UPC: 0037429206423
Original Release: 1986
Rating: R
Source: Homevision
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Digital transfer, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; Essay by film critic and author Wheeler Winston Dixon; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Bill Hooper
Jim Broadbent Roger Miles
Harriet Walter Emmy Hooper
Fanny Viner Cheryl Miles
Simon Callow Mark Varda
Miriam Margolyes Jane Powell
Michael Byrne Leonard Scruby
Frances Viner Cheryl Langford
Joanne Whalley Mary Hall
Jennie Stoller Bill's friend
Stephen Fry Creighton
Clifford Rose Judge

Technical Credits
Mike Newell Director
Christine Beveridge Makeup
Michael Coulter Cinematographer
Christopher Hampton Screenwriter
Sally Harrison Makeup
Richard Hartley Score Composer
Peter Hollywood Editor
Tony Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
Gareth Milne Stunts
Pip Newbery Costumes/Costume Designer
Ann Scott Producer
Ann Skinner Producer
Adrian Smith Production Designer
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Alison Stewart-Richardson Art Director
Sheila Trezise Casting
Ann Wingate Production Manager

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [3:56]
2. Separated [6:00]
3. A Lot in Common [7:47]
4. Paternal Alliance [5:55]
5. Merry Christmas [4:46]
6. Jerking Her Lead [5:30]
7. Fighting Back [5:36]
8. Ex Parte Application [6:32]
9. Rational Arrangement [4:05]
10. Mary Hall [4:37]
11. Trial [8:57]
12. A Good Father [6:19]
13. Nothing Left to Give [5:03]
14. Damage [7:18]
15. Beating the System [5:38]
16. End Credits [2:03]

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