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Father of the Bride [1991]

Director:Charles Shyer
Writer:Albert Hackett
Charles Shyer
Frances Goodrich
Nancy Meyers
Composer:Alan Silvestri
Length:105 minutes
(1 hour 45 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Fathers Day
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:73%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: George and Nina Banks are the parents of young soon-to-be-wed Annie. George is a nervous father unready to face the fact that his little girl is now a woman. The preparations for the extravagant wedding provide additional comic moments.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Charles Shyer => Director / Writer
Albert Hackett => Writer
Frances Goodrich => Writer
Nancy Meyers => Writer
Alan Silvestri => Composer
April Ortiz => Olivia
Barbara Perry => Female Factory Worker
BD Wong => Howard Weinstein
Carmen Hayward => Grace
David Pasquesi => Hanck - the Caterer
Diane Keaton => Nina Banks
Eugene Levy => Singer at Audition
Frank Kopyc => Don, the Field Engineer
George Newbern => Bryan MacKenzie
Gibby Brand => David
Kate McGregor-Stewart => Joanna MacKenzie
Kieran Culkin => Matty Banks
Kimberly Williams-Paisley => Annie Banks (as Kimberly Williams)
Martha Gehman => Andrea - the Florist
Martin Short => Franck Eggelhoffer
Mina Vasquez => Marta
Peter Michael Goetz => John MacKenzie
Richard Portnow => Al - the Tux Salesman
Steve Martin => George Banks
Tom Irish => Ben Banks

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Although the cost of the wedding is a hot topic in the film, the final price tag is never revealed. After crunching the numbers given by Franck's assistant Howard Weinstein, 572 guests at $250.00 a head, we learn that the wedding cost George $143,000.00. Considering that the film was released in 1991, the $143,000.00 price tag has not been adjusted for present day inflation.
  • Tom Irish plays the same character, Ben Banks, in both the 1950 and the 1991 versions of Father of the Bride.
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley and George Newbern were filmed in a series of Hallmark Card commercials as a couple.
  • Steve Martin's character of George Banks was named after David Tomlinson's character of the same name in Mary Poppins.
  • Phoebe Cates was offered the role of Annie Banks, but had to decline it because of her pregnancy.
  • George Banks says that he doesn't want the wedding to bankrupt him so he'll end up wandering the streets in a bathrobe. This happens to Steve Martin's character in The Jerk.
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley's film debut.