Where's Poppa?

Where's Poppa?

Director: Carl Reiner Cast: George Segal, Ruth Gordon, Ron Leibman


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Director Carl Reiner, most closely associated with the homey values of situation comedies, shocked, surprised, and (in some cases) delighted his admirers with the jet-black comedy Where's Poppa?. George Segal plays Gordon Hocheiser, a New York attorney whose love life is constantly being sabotaged by his senile mother (Ruth Gordon), who constantly asks the question of the title. (She doesn't realize Poppa is dead). Every time Gordon has a prospective bride or lover lined up, Mrs. Hocheiser gums up the works with her insane behavior. The attorney at last finds a kindred spirit in the beautiful caregiver Louise Callan (Trish VanDevere), who has likewise been a victim of someone else's eccentricities (her first husband used the conjugal bed as his own personal toilet). When Mrs. Hocheiser chases Louise away like she has all the others, Gordon begins entertaining notions of killing his mother. In desperation, Gordon begs his brother Sidney (Ron Leibman) to take his mother off his hands, which leads to several comic vignettes in deliriously bad taste. The film's incest-themed original ending (trimmed from the video version but still included in cable prints) finds Gordon climbing into bed with Mrs. Hocheiser, only to be greeted with a "Here's Poppa." The celebrated "tush scene," wherein Mrs. Hocheiser bites Gordon on his bare backside while Louise looks on in horror, packed a real wallop back in the early '70s, as did a courtroom scene involving a disgruntled hippie (Rob Reiner) and a psychotic U.S. general who graphically describes his homicidal acts against the Vietnamese. Though Carl Reiner would continue to "push the envelope" in his later films (Steve Martin as a "poor black child"? George Burns as God?) he would never again attempt anything as risky as Where's Poppa?.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2016
UPC: 0738329203122
Original Release: 1970
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:22:00
Sales rank: 52,028

Special Features

Alternate ending; Teasers & trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Segal Gordon Hocheiser
Ruth Gordon Mrs. Hocheiser
Ron Leibman Sidney Hocheiser
Trish VanDevere Louise Callan
Barnard Hughes Col. Hendriks
Vincent Gardenia Coach Williams
Rae Allen Gladys Hocheiser
Paul Sorvino Owner of Gus & Grace's Home
William Le Massena Judge
Israel Lang Muthaf.
Garrett Morris Garrett, Central Park Mugger
Arnold Williams Arnold
Buddy Butler Buddy
Martha Greenhouse Owner of Happytime Farms
Jane Hoffman Actor
Helen Martin Job Applicant
Tom Atkins Policeman in Apartment
Alice Drummond Woman in Elevator
Jack Manning Lawyer for Memphis Maulers
John Gilliar Policeman in Courthouse
Rehn Scofield Bailiff
John McCurry Policeman in Jail Cell
April Geleta Taxi Lady
Edwart Brooks Sheldon Hocheiser
Benson W. Terry Cab Driver
Fuddles Shoeshine Man
Michael McGuire Army Lawyer
Joe Keyes Gang Leader
Rob Reiner Roger, the Defendant
Florence Tarlow Miss Morgan

Technical Credits
Carl Reiner Director
Warren Clymer Art Director
Norman Cohen Asst. Director
Jack Elliott Score Composer
Robert Klane Screenwriter
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Molin Editor
Herb Mulligan Set Decoration/Design
Jack Priestley Cinematographer
Jerry Tokofsky Producer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin Worth Producer

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Where's Poppa? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A classic comedy of knights, dames and above all...a journey to the heart of klee.