Father of the Bride


1h 45m 1991
Father of the Bride

Brief Synopsis

A proud father faces wedding planners, florists and caterers as he prepares for his daughter's wedding.

Film Details

Also Known As
Brudens far, Le père de la mariée, père de la mariée
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Adaptation
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1991
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

A father's mixed feelings about his daughter's marriage makes the wedding a torturous occasion for him.

Crew

Jane Alden

Other

Steve Alterman

Other

Burt Bacharach

Song

Carolyn J Bahr

Music

Kevin Barlia

Sound Effects Editor

Jeff Barry

Song

Carol Baum

Producer

Susan Becker

Costume Designer

Michael J. Benavente

Dialogue Editor

Pamela Bentkowski

Sound Effects Editor

Denis Blackberry

Sound Dubbing

Bruce A. Block

Associate Producer

Charles J Bond

Other

Bruce Botnick

Music

Christopher Boutelle

Grip

Irene Brafstein

Other

Ruth Britt

Other

Bruce Byall

Grip

Richard L Carden

Dolly Grip

Bruce Carter

Assistant Director

Fernando Castroman

Assistant Director

Carolyn Chen

Assistant Camera Operator

Linda-lee Cocuzzo

Costumes

Keith Coene

Production Assistant

K.c. Colwell

Assistant Director

Gregory Concors

Production Assistant

Julie B Crane

Assistant

Stuart Cropley

Lighting

Charlie Croughwell

Stunt Man

Jim Cruickshank

Executive Producer

Erin Cummins

Art Director

Rick Dallago

Location Manager

Christine Danelski

Foley Editor

David Darling

Song Performer

Hal David

Song

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Ray De La Motte

Camera Operator

Paul Deason

Unit Production Manager

John E. Dexter

Set Designer

Dennis Drummond

Sound Editor

Patrick Drummond

Sound Effects Editor

David W Dubois

Lighting Technician

Susan Dudeck

Adr Editor

Frank Ellison

Accounting Assistant

Debbie Evans

Stunt Man

Kirsten Everberg

Costumes

Rosemarie Fall

Costume Supervisor

Robert Fernandez

Music

Greg Finley

Other

Sukey Fontelieu

Foley Editor

Sandy Gallin

Executive Producer

Hank Giardina

Scenic Artist

Frances Goodrich

Story By

Frances Goodrich

From Story

Dale Grahn

Color Timer

Ellie Greenwich

Song

Frank Griffin

Makeup

Wayne Griffin

Dialogue Editor

Albert Hackett

From Story

Albert Hackett

Story By

Allen L Hall

Special Effects Coordinator

J.d. Hall

Other

Deneen Harmon

Assistant

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Lorenz Hart

Song

Angela Heald

Production Coordinator

Gary Hecker

Foley Mixer

Pittman Hensley

Titles

Doris Hess

Other

Martin Hubbard

Set Designer

David J Hudson

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Frederick Iannone

Assistant Camera Operator

Donna Isaacson

Casting

Robert Jauregui

Stunt Man

Doc Kane

Adr Mixer

Joann Kane

Other

Lawrence Karman

Camera Operator

James Kendrew

Accounting Assistant

Shirley Kirkes

Choreographer

Charles Darin Knight

Sound Mixer

Mike Knobloch

Assistant

Nicholas Vincent Korda

Adr Editor

Daamen Krall

Other

Jack Lawrence

Song

John Lindley

Dp/Cinematographer

John Lindley

Director Of Photography

Joanna Lipari

Other

Michael J Long

Costumes

Darlene Love

Song Performer

Dean Manly

Sound

Bob Mann

Other

Bob Mann

Song

Richard Marks

Editor

Alan Mason

Music

Billy Mccance

Transportation Captain

David Mccharen

Other

Cynthia Mccormac

Set Decorator

Mel Metcalfe

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Lisa Meyers

Hair Stylist

Nancy Meyers

Screenplay

Nancy Meyers

Producer

Franco Migliacci

Song

Karen Minahan

Assistant Sound Editor

Domenico Modugno

Song

Theresa Repola Mohammed

Negative Cutting

Chris Moriana

Foley Artist

David Moritz

Assistant Editor

Judy Nord

Other

James Orr

Executive Producer

Mitchell Parish

Song

Mark Poll

Set Designer

Terry Porter

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Anthony Powers

Song

Katherine Quittner

Music Editor

David Randolph

Other

Anne S Reeves

Assistant Property Master

Susan Ritter

Sound

William Robinson Jr.

Song

Richard Rodgers

Song

Zvi Howard Rosenman

Producer

William Ross

Original Music

Lee Runnels

Other

Sean Rush

Boom Operator

Rob Ryder

Advisor

Paul Rylander

Assistant Property Master

Monique Salvato

Adr Editor

Dennis Sands

Music

Ken Scaife

Construction Coordinator

Dennis Schoonderwoerd

Costumes

Gary Schwartz

Other

Toby C Schwartz

Assistant Production Coordinator

B Johann Sebastian

Music

John Shannon

Photography

Charles Shyer

Screenplay

Charles Shyer

Song

Charles Shyer

Producer

Maria Lee Silver

Assistant Editor

Alan Silvestri

Music

Steve Smith

Key Grip

Max Snow

Production Accountant

Brenda Sowa

Sound

Phil Spector

Song

Sherry Stockler

Sound

Suzanne Stone

Other

Edward Streeter

Source Material (From Novel)

Debra L Tennant

Assistant Editor

Tom F Thomas

Transportation Coordinator

Renee Tondelli

Adr Editor

Charles Trenet

Song

Steve Tyrell

Song

Steve Tyrell

Song Performer

Steve Tyrell

Music

Sandy Veneziano

Production Designer

Amy Vincent

Assistant Camera Operator

Esther Vivante

Script Supervisor

Rock Walker

Stunt Man

Toni-ann Walker

Hair Stylist

Steven Westlund

Property Master

Ronald White

Song

Brad Wilder

Makeup Artist

Jeffrey Wilhoit

Foley Artist

Cindy Williams

Coproducer

Film Details

Also Known As
Brudens far, Le père de la mariée, père de la mariée
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Adaptation
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1991
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Articles

Father of the Bride (1991) - Father of the Bride


When director Charles Shyer set out to remake the classic 1950 film Father of the Bride, he chose his wife Nancy Meyers to help him produce and rewrite the original screenplay (by another husband-and-wife team, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett). To take on Spencer Tracy's role (which earned the actor an Academy Award nomination), they picked comedian Steve Martin as George Stanley Banks. The name "George Banks" was chosen for David Tomlinson's character in Mary Poppins (1964) and the middle name Stanley had been Spencer Tracy's character. Diane Keaton was cast in Joan Bennett's role as Mrs. Banks and Kimberly Williams replaced first choice Phoebe Cates (who became pregnant) for Elizabeth Taylor's part as the bride whose upcoming wedding has her father's life in an uproar. George Newbern updated Don Taylor's role as her fiancé, and two actors, B.D. Wong and Martin Short were the wedding planners, which venerable character actor Leo G. Carroll played in the original. One member of the cast, Tom Irish, made his film debut as Ben Banks in the 1950 film and played the same character forty-one years later in the remake.

The film was shot at locations around Southern California, including the Trinity Baptist Church in Santa Monica, San Marino, Pasadena, and Melrose Place in West Hollywood. The five bedroom, four bathroom house in Alhambra that was used for the exterior shots was on the market in 2011 for over a million dollars. It still had the backyard arbor built for the film.

For Martin Short, shooting Father of the Bride was a happy experience. "Steve and I are old friends. Diane Keaton, you just fall in love with her. Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer are just spectacular." Not quite so happy to shoot was the scene of the two dogs forcing Steve Martin into the pool. Conan and Josie went up to Martin on cue but instead of menacing him, Conan walked around Martin and paid attention to Josie. After several takes, director Shyer had Martin fall into the pool and later got another set of dogs to do the scene right.

Father of the Bride was a film that Steve Martin had grown up with and considered to be a classic, which gave him big shoes to fill when he was given the role. He likened it to going from small comedy clubs to enormous stadiums, "[Y]ou go 'I can't do this,' until they introduce you. And you walk out and you do it." Having come of age in the 1960s, Martin saw this film as the first movie to acknowledge what everyone already knew - that the "hippie laurel-wreath standing-on-the-mountaintop marriage" ceremony was over and large, formal weddings were now the norm. For Martin, this was the first time "I looked at a movie I was in and liked myself."

Not everyone liked Martin. Although the film made over $89 million in the United States, critics were mixed in their reaction. Dan Webster of The Spokesman-Review felt that Martin was simply recycling his old schtick. "Who he is shows through every movie he makes, from his backwoods dufus in The Jerk (1979) to the stressed-out father in Parenthood (1989). Whether a film of his will appeal to you often depends on how much you like him, and such is the case with Father of the Bride." Lawrence Toppman of Knight-Ridder wrote that the film would "appeal to those who find romance in The Love Boat, humor in the gibberish-spouting foreigner on Perfect Strangers, and comfort in the belief that Daddy can make no gesture more fond than to spend $100,000 on his daughter's nuptials." However, Desson Howe of The Washington Post called the film "so funny it's sublime. The explanation is simple: it's all Steve Martin. The rest of the movie, alas, is regrets only."

Hallmark had no regrets in cashing in on the success of the film; they used Williams and Newbern in a series of commercials for bridal cards. The studio had enough faith in Martin at the box office to green-light a 1995 sequel Father of the Bride Part II, which did not live up to the success of the first film.

Life imitated art for Kimberly Williams when she became the real-life bride of country singer Brad Paisley in 2003. Steve Martin became a father for the first time in 2012 at the age of 67, when his wife gave birth to a baby girl, whose name he claimed on Late Show with David Letterman is Conquistador.

By Lorraine LoBianco

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Sources:

Benenson, Laurie Halper "Father of the Bride Scriptwriters and Life Partners, Too" The New York Times 27 Dec 91

Blank, Ed "Father of the Bride Finds Comic Niche" The Pittsburg Press 17 Dec 91.

Howe, Desson "Father of the Bride" The Washington Post 20 Dec 91.

"Steve Martin Named His Daughter 'Conquistador' To Avoid 'Those Weird Hollywood Names'" The Huffington Post 26 Apr 13.

Radloff, Jessica Guess What House We Visited? Father of the Bride! Check out the Pics!

"Father of the Bride House Up for Sale" WENN. 20 June 11.

Webster, Dan "Father of the Bride is For Die-Hard Steve Martin Fans Only" The Spokesman-Review 20 Dec 91

Willistein, Paul "A Wild and Crazy Old Guy Steve Martin is 'The Father of the Bride'" The Morning Call 20 Dec 91

Father Of The Bride (1991) - Father Of The Bride

Father of the Bride (1991) - Father of the Bride

When director Charles Shyer set out to remake the classic 1950 film Father of the Bride, he chose his wife Nancy Meyers to help him produce and rewrite the original screenplay (by another husband-and-wife team, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett). To take on Spencer Tracy's role (which earned the actor an Academy Award nomination), they picked comedian Steve Martin as George Stanley Banks. The name "George Banks" was chosen for David Tomlinson's character in Mary Poppins (1964) and the middle name Stanley had been Spencer Tracy's character. Diane Keaton was cast in Joan Bennett's role as Mrs. Banks and Kimberly Williams replaced first choice Phoebe Cates (who became pregnant) for Elizabeth Taylor's part as the bride whose upcoming wedding has her father's life in an uproar. George Newbern updated Don Taylor's role as her fiancé, and two actors, B.D. Wong and Martin Short were the wedding planners, which venerable character actor Leo G. Carroll played in the original. One member of the cast, Tom Irish, made his film debut as Ben Banks in the 1950 film and played the same character forty-one years later in the remake. The film was shot at locations around Southern California, including the Trinity Baptist Church in Santa Monica, San Marino, Pasadena, and Melrose Place in West Hollywood. The five bedroom, four bathroom house in Alhambra that was used for the exterior shots was on the market in 2011 for over a million dollars. It still had the backyard arbor built for the film. For Martin Short, shooting Father of the Bride was a happy experience. "Steve and I are old friends. Diane Keaton, you just fall in love with her. Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer are just spectacular." Not quite so happy to shoot was the scene of the two dogs forcing Steve Martin into the pool. Conan and Josie went up to Martin on cue but instead of menacing him, Conan walked around Martin and paid attention to Josie. After several takes, director Shyer had Martin fall into the pool and later got another set of dogs to do the scene right. Father of the Bride was a film that Steve Martin had grown up with and considered to be a classic, which gave him big shoes to fill when he was given the role. He likened it to going from small comedy clubs to enormous stadiums, "[Y]ou go 'I can't do this,' until they introduce you. And you walk out and you do it." Having come of age in the 1960s, Martin saw this film as the first movie to acknowledge what everyone already knew - that the "hippie laurel-wreath standing-on-the-mountaintop marriage" ceremony was over and large, formal weddings were now the norm. For Martin, this was the first time "I looked at a movie I was in and liked myself." Not everyone liked Martin. Although the film made over $89 million in the United States, critics were mixed in their reaction. Dan Webster of The Spokesman-Review felt that Martin was simply recycling his old schtick. "Who he is shows through every movie he makes, from his backwoods dufus in The Jerk (1979) to the stressed-out father in Parenthood (1989). Whether a film of his will appeal to you often depends on how much you like him, and such is the case with Father of the Bride." Lawrence Toppman of Knight-Ridder wrote that the film would "appeal to those who find romance in The Love Boat, humor in the gibberish-spouting foreigner on Perfect Strangers, and comfort in the belief that Daddy can make no gesture more fond than to spend $100,000 on his daughter's nuptials." However, Desson Howe of The Washington Post called the film "so funny it's sublime. The explanation is simple: it's all Steve Martin. The rest of the movie, alas, is regrets only." Hallmark had no regrets in cashing in on the success of the film; they used Williams and Newbern in a series of commercials for bridal cards. The studio had enough faith in Martin at the box office to green-light a 1995 sequel Father of the Bride Part II, which did not live up to the success of the first film. Life imitated art for Kimberly Williams when she became the real-life bride of country singer Brad Paisley in 2003. Steve Martin became a father for the first time in 2012 at the age of 67, when his wife gave birth to a baby girl, whose name he claimed on Late Show with David Letterman is Conquistador. By Lorraine LoBianco Click here to visit the TCM shop if you would like to purchase this DVD. Sources: Benenson, Laurie Halper "Father of the Bride Scriptwriters and Life Partners, Too" The New York Times 27 Dec 91 Blank, Ed "Father of the Bride Finds Comic Niche" The Pittsburg Press 17 Dec 91. Howe, Desson "Father of the Bride" The Washington Post 20 Dec 91. "Steve Martin Named His Daughter 'Conquistador' To Avoid 'Those Weird Hollywood Names'" The Huffington Post 26 Apr 13. Radloff, Jessica Guess What House We Visited? Father of the Bride! Check out the Pics! "Father of the Bride House Up for Sale" WENN. 20 June 11. Webster, Dan "Father of the Bride is For Die-Hard Steve Martin Fans Only" The Spokesman-Review 20 Dec 91 Willistein, Paul "A Wild and Crazy Old Guy Steve Martin is 'The Father of the Bride'" The Morning Call 20 Dec 91

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video May 27, 1992

Released in United States Winter December 20, 1991

Remake of Vincente Minnelli's 1950 film starring Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Bennett, and written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.

Began shooting April 15, 1991.

Completed shooting July 3, 1991.

Released in United States on Video May 27, 1992

Released in United States Winter December 20, 1991