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My Father the Hero (1994)

A teenage girl on vacation in the Bahamas with her divorced father tries to impress a potential boyfriend by saying that her father is actually her lover.

Director:

Steve Miner

Writers:

Gérard Lauzier (screenplay "Mon père, ce héros"), Francis Veber (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Andre
Katherine Heigl ... Nicole
Dalton James ... Ben
Lauren Hutton ... Megan
Faith Prince ... Diana
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mike
Ann Hearn ... Stella
Robyn Peterson ... Doris
Frank Renzulli ... Fred
Manny Jacobs Manny Jacobs ... Raymond
Jeffrey Chea Jeffrey Chea ... Pablo / 'The Baha Men' Band Member
Stephen Burrows ... Hakim
Mike Robinson Mike Robinson ... Tom
Robert Miner Robert Miner ... Mr. Porter
Betty Miner Betty Miner ... Mrs. Porter
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Storyline

Andre, a Frenchman divorced from his American wife takes his teenage daughter, Nicole, on vacation with him. She's desperate to appear as a woman and not a girl, so in order to impress a local boy, she makes up more and more ridiculous stories, starting with Andre being her lover. Andre is desperate to make Nicole happy and so plays along with her crazy games, and the stories they make up get increasingly bizzare. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

Fathers have just one problem with raising their daughters. They grow up!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and elements of sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apám, a hős See more »

Filming Locations:

Paradise Island, Bahamas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,645,251, 6 February 1994

Gross USA:

$25,479,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,479,558
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gérard Depardieu is an accomplished pianist, and played live during the film. See more »

Goofs

When the father is waiting up for Nicole, he sees her walking towards the house. He runs to the couch to pretend he was already asleep. When he kicks off his shoes, one lands on the floor by the couch while the other appears to bounce off the table onto the floor on the far side of the table. We see Nicole walk in. Then when we see the father again, the straps of one of his shoes can be seen on the table by the ashtray. See more »

Quotes

Nicole: My whole life will be ruined.
Andre: No. No, no. Your life will not be ruined. Mine maybe, but yours won't.
Nicole: He'll hate me!
Andre: No, no, he won't hate you.
Nicole: Yes, he will! I'm going to die!
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Alternate Versions

In the US theatrical release, the bathing suite worn by Katherine Heigl, which was originally a thong, was digitally altered to cover her rear because it was thought American audiences would balk at such a young girl wearing such a thing. See more »

Connections

References Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

LAND OF THE SEA AND SUN
Written by Irving Burgie
Performed by The Baha Men
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. / Big Beat Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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For Katherine Heigl Fans Only
28 April 2017 | by msleezeSee all my reviews

Forget the lame, creepy plot and enjoy the nice scenery...and by that, I don't mean lush, tropical setting.

This was supposed to have been Gérard Depardieu's big American follow- up to 'Green Card' but for some reason audiences didn't really take to the flabby, big-nosed and heavily accented Frenchman a second time (go figure).

Other than Depardieu's gleefully ignorant take on "Thank Heaven for Little Girls", the jokes fall flat and he spends half the movie moping, playing phone tag with his absent girlfriend (an uncredited Emma Thompson) while remaining oblivious to everything else around him.

However, the movie is salvaged by the gorgeous 16 year old Katherine Heigl, parading around in beachwear and generally looking incredibly sexy. She's as fetching as ever well worth gawking at for ninety minutes.

If you're looking for laughs, look elsewhere but this is a treat for Heigl fans.


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