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I Never Sang for My Father

I Never Sang for My Father(1970)

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  • superb movie

    • marc sloane
    • 6/14/14

    This movie is not only insightful, with superb writing and acting; but it is a movie with great personal meaning for those who had similar troubled relationships. I saw it about ten days before my own father died; then two weeks after. I was 21, and my father had never been able to convey whatever love and respect for me he might have had. Our relationship had been stormy, and for me degrading.When I saw this movie, so much about it seemed vividly real, and it helped me to understand how many families were just isolated individuals with the same last name...insensitive to those closest to them. Unable, and perhaps unwilling ,to be anything else. And how tragic that was, but what is, is. Whatever else, one has to fight for their own dignity.Melyvn Douglas is brilliant, Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons do fine jobs as the children who have resigned themselves to the fact of a brutal parent, and make their own paths in life. Gene Hackman has the pivotal role here. He struggles.Those of us who lived through what this movie portrays are grateful for the insight, understanding, and compassion it offers. It's a memorable work. Fine acting.

  • I never sang for my father

    • Trudi J Ziga
    • 6/20/10

    I guess I was meant to see this movie this morning . It was a thoughtprovoking story of a father and son snd their relationship. The acting by Melvyn Douglas and Gene Hackman was excellent, as a matter of fact it was quite disturbing . The reason for that is , I believe, that this kind of scenario gets played out in many a household each and every day. The father's generation believed in working hard and providing for the family and not thinking too much about LOVE ,he never got past his own hurts ...men did not talk about things like that ... the son ... a sensitive man ...came so close to FEELING LOVE in the bedroom scene close to the end of the movie ,yet the father could not change ...he could not show any vulnerability , because that would be a weakness and that was not acceptable ..because from the time that he was little he had to be strong.. This movie portrays once again how important true communication is and that for some it is very difficult to get in touch with one's inner self and let go ... and acknowledge that showing and sharing love with our children and parents is so very very important. Kind words make the world a better place and words spoken in anger and passion , well, they stay with us forever.Even though the father spoke very unkind words to the son in the bedroom scene and actually through him out of the house, the ending of the story bothered me a lot ...because the father was alone and died alone .. tied to whatever he thought he needed to be tied to..even as his faculties failed him ...The feeling that remains at the end is still one of sadness for all characters in this story. The lessons learned are many ... the messages are clear ... especially on Father's Day! Thank you for showing this movie today.Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there ! tziga@netzero.net

  • I never sang for my father

    • victoria
    • 6/20/10

    love this movie!!!! kinda feel sorry for the dad. because of his childhood, seems like he's incapable to give love to his kids. the acting was great....thanks TCM!!!!

  • I Never Sang for My Father

    • Gail
    • 2/11/10

    I thought this movie was EXCELLENT, as I could relate to my ownrelationship with my own Father. The acting was excellent also.

  • Heartbreaking and resonant

    • Jarrod McDonald
    • 2/9/10

    The story and the performances are what make this a keeper. I am glad I had the chance to see it today. It really makes you think about family relationships. I loved the line that started and ended the film: 'death is the end of a life, but not the end of a relationship.' Melvyn Douglas is fabulous, and proves that the second-act of his career was just as good, if not better, than the first act. When most of his old-time Hollywood friends were retiring and fading into obscurity, he kept cranking along with these Oscar-caliber jobs. I like the way his particular character is written in this story, how he repeats the loss of his father, and describes how he died, three different times. Also, I like the way everyone finds him charming, but he is a burden to his son, (played by Gene Hackman), and his daughter (the superb Estelle Parsons). But my favorite part was when the son goes to tour the nursing home and state hospital, and we're not given any dialogue, but just the sound of a heartbeat. The sequence ends with a short conversation in the car about miracle drugs and the grim reality facing people when they get older. So insightful, on so many levels.

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