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Where's Poppa? (1970)

When an attorney meets the girl of his dreams, he fears that his batty mother will scare her off, so he schemes to eliminate the senile old woman.

Director:

Carl Reiner

Writers:

Robert Klane (screenplay by), Robert Klane (based on his novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Gordon Hocheiser
Ruth Gordon ... Mrs. Hocheiser
Ron Leibman ... Sidney Hocheiser
Trish Van Devere ... Louise Callan
Barnard Hughes ... Colonel Hendricks
Vincent Gardenia ... Coach Williams
Rae Allen ... Gladys Hocheiser
Paul Sorvino ... Owner of 'Gus & Grace's Home'
William LeMassena William LeMassena ... Judge (as William Le Massena)
Michael McGuire ... Army Lawyer
Rob Reiner ... Roger
Joe Keyes Jr. Joe Keyes Jr. ... Gang Leader
Israel Lang Israel Lang ... Mutha
Garrett Morris ... Garrett
Arnold Williams ... Arnold
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Storyline

When New York attorney Gordon Hocheiser meets Louise Callan, the girl of his dreams, he schemes to eliminate his aging, senile mother, even though he promised his late father that he'd always take care of her. He fears that his batty mom's eccentricities will shortly lead to Louise's departure. Written by alfiehitchie

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I wish momma would stop saying that! Yeah. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Going Ape See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (fantasy sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First film appearance of Rob Reiner. See more »

Quotes

Gordon Hocheiser: She's not just another nurse, ma. It means a whole lot to me, ma. And I want you to know that if you mess this one up for me, I'm gonna punch your fuckin' heart out. Got it?
Mrs. Hocheiser: Such a nice boy.
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Bill Adams and Vic Ramos are listed in the opening credits, which had no character names, but are not in the end credits, which listed the character names. On the other hand, Fuddles was not in the opening credits but listed last in the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original title was "Where's Poppa?" and featured the "here's poppa" ending. In 1975 United Artists engaged a marketing consultant to re-title and re-release some of their films that had been well-received critically but not commercially. Among them were "Where's Poppa?"/"Going Ape," "Quemada"/"Burn"/"The Mercenary," and "Duck, You Sucker"/"A Fistful of Dynamite." See more »

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Soundtracks

Move It!
Music by Jack Elliott
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by June Jackson (as Mr. June Jackson)
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An incomparable classic
29 July 2001 | by clemenza51See all my reviews

After reading some of the negative comments on this film,I felt I must add a comment or two,myself. God bless you,Carl Reiner for taking one of the most laugh out loud novels (By Robert Klane) and turning it into my favorite black comedy classic. My mother,God rest her, was,in many ways very similar to Ruth Gordon's masterful portrayal. While my Mother was still alive,I found many reasons to laugh at some of her shennanagins,especially her treatment of me,and now that she's passed,I have fond,funny memories that if it were not for this film,I'd have spent a lot more time in therapy than I had to. Criticising the film,It's direction,or any of the actor's performences is,to me,ridiculous and can only be a lack of knowledge of the art of acting or cinema in general. Is it the greatest comedy ever produced? No. But it certainly is among the most unique. On newer prints,however,I would avoid the last few minutes of the film,as it does change the overall flavor,and should have ended as it did in it's theatrical releases. Just turn the tape off as you hear the song,"I Don't want to go like this,so I'll just go like that..."


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