5/10

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Runtime: 115 min

Genres: Comedy | Drama | Romance

Languages: English

Countries: USA


Ray Liotta plays a 1950s jingle composer whose wife dies, leaving him to raise their grieving young daughter (Tina Majorino) alone. Dad hires an African-American housekeeper (Whoopi Goldberg), who helps fill the gap in the child's life--and then Dad's life--and soon an interracial relationship crossing the social mores of the era is underway. Written and directed by Jessie Nelson, the film is a spot-on recreation of '50s suburbia without gratuitous kitsch. Liotta is perfect as a working man of the day, given to white shirts and narrow ties; Goldberg gives one of her finest performances as the levelheaded Corrina; and little Majorino is heartbreakingly effective. But the film entirely bears the stamp of one person, and that's Nelson, who has a wonderfully witty eye and a sophisticated but sensitive approach to the crosscurrents of emotion at play in this story. --Tom Keogh



Directors (1)

Writers (1)

Jessie Nelson (written by)

Composers (1)

Editors (1)

Cinematographers (1)

Actors (46)

Asher Metchik Lewis Davis
Ashley Taylor Walls Mavis
Brent Spiner Brent Witherspoon
Briahnna Odom Lizzie
Bryan A. Robinson Chubby Boy
Bryan Gordon Business Associate
Chris Chisholm John Brennan
Courtland Mead Howard Davis
Curtis Williams Percy
Don Ameche Grandpa Harry
Don Pugsley Delivery Man 1
Erica Yohn Grandma Eva
Gene Baker Himself (Queen for a Day) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harold Sylvester Frank
Jenifer Lewis Jevina
Jevetta Steele Club Singer
Joan Cusack Jonesy
Johnny Olson Himself (Name That Tune) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jonathan Winters Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
June C. Ellis Miss O'Herlihy
Karen Leigh Hopkins Liala Sheffield
K.T. Stevens Mrs. Morgan
Kyle Orsi Gregory
Larry Miller Sid
Lin Shaye Repeat Nanny
Louis Mustillo Joe Allechinetti
Lucy Webb Shirl
Lynette Walden Annie
Marcus Toji Tommy Wang
Maud Winchester Mrs. Rodgers
Mimi Lieber Rita Lang
Nat 'King' Cole Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Noreen Hennessey High Heels (as Noreen Hennessy)
Patrika Darbo Wilma, Car Hop
Pearl Huang Mrs. Wang
Ray Liotta Manny Singer
Roz Witt Mrs. Murphy
Sean Moran 2nd Delivery Man
Shari Lewis Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Steven Williams Anthony T. Williams
Sue Carlton Mrs. Werner
Tina Majorino Molly Singer
Tommy Bertelsen Bratty Boy
Wendy Crewson Jenny Davis
Whoopi Goldberg Corrina Washington
Yonda Davis Woman in Audience