My Father the Hero (1994 film)
|My Father the Hero|
|Directed by||Steve Miner|
|Produced by||Jacques Bar|
|Screenplay by||Francis Veber|
|Based on||Mon père, ce héros|
by Gérard Lauzier
|Music by||David Newman|
|Edited by||Marshall Harvey|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Box office||$45 million|
My Father the Hero is a 1994 French-American comedy-drama directed by Steve Miner and starring Gérard Depardieu and Katherine Heigl. It is an English-language remake of the 1991 French film Mon père, ce héros, which also starred Depardieu.
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André Arnel (Gérard Depardieu), a Frenchman divorced from his wife, takes his teenage daughter, Nicole (Katherine Heigl), on vacation with him to The Bahamas. She is desperate to appear as a woman and not a girl, so in order to impress a local boy Ben (Dalton James), she makes up more and more ridiculous stories, starting with André being her lover and leading to some bizarre assumptions by the rest of the community.
André is desperate to make Nicole happy (especially as she is increasingly upset by his relationship with girlfriend Isobel) and so plays along with her crazy games, and the stories they make up get increasingly bizarre.
- Gérard Depardieu as André Arnel, Nicole's father
- Katherine Heigl as Nicole Arnel, André's daughter
- Dalton James as Ben
- Lauren Hutton as Megan Arnel, André's ex-wife and Nicole's mother
- Faith Prince as Diana
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Mike
- Ann Hearn as Stella
- Robyn Peterson as Doris
- Frank Renzulli as Fred
- Manny Jacobs as Raymond
- Jeffrey Chea as Pablo
- Stephen Burrows as Hakim
- Michael Robinson as Tom
- Robert Miner as Mr. Porter
- Betty Miner as Mrs. Porter
- Emma Thompson as Isobel, André's girlfriend (uncredited)
- Roberto Escobar as Alberto
Filming occurred during the summer of 1993.
The film debuted at number 4 at the US box office behind Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Mrs. Doubtfire and Philadelphia. It went on to gross $25.5 million in the United States and Canada and $19.3 million internationally for a worldwide total of $44.8 million.
The film featured music and appearances by the Baha Men. The group's songs create the movie's island soundtrack.
- "Back to the Island"
- "Mo' Junkanoo"
- "Gin and Coconut Water (Traditional)"
- "Land of the Sea and Sun"
- "Oh, Father"
- "Island Boy"
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