The Good Father

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Not to be confused with The Goodfather.
This article is about the 1985 British film. For the Life on Mars episode, see The Good Father (Life on Mars).
The Good Father
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mike Newell
Produced by Ann Scott
Written by Peter Prince
Christopher Hampton
Starring Anthony Hopkins
Jim Broadbent
Harriet Walter
Frances Viner
Simon Callow
Miriam Margolyes
Music by Richard Hartley
Cinematography Michael Coulter
Edited by Peter Hollywood
Distributed by Mainline Pictures
Release dates
November 1985
Running time
90 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Good Father is a 1985 British film directed by Mike Newell and starring Anthony Hopkins, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Fanny Viner, Simon Callow, Joanne Whalley, and Michael Byrne. It is loosely based on Peter Prince's novel of the same name. It marked the first appearance in a feature film of Stephen Fry. The movie was produced for British television but received a theatrical release in the US.


Bill (Hopkins) is a man who is utterly bitter about his recent divorce from his wife. and the loss of custody of his only child. He acts out his anger by befriending another man, Roger (Broadbent), who has been sued for divorce by his wife, so that she can enter into a lesbian relationsship with her lover. Bill tries to help the man out, by funding the latter's court case to regain custody of his child. Simon Callow plays the unscrupulous sleezy barrister hired for the case. Soon Bill, who has focused his anger against feminism, which he blames for robbing him of his family, turns to feel disgust for what he and his new friend are doing.[1]


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