Gene Hackman plays a New York professor who wants a change in his life, and plans to get married to his girlfriend and move to California. His mother understands his need to get away, but warns him that moving so far away could be hard on his father. Just before the wedding, the mother dies. Hackman’s sister (who has been disowned by their father for marrying a Jewish man) advises him to live his own life, and not let himself be controlled by their father.
I Never Sang for My Father is a 1970 American film, based on a play by the same name, which tells the story of a widowed college professor who wants to get out from under the thumb of his aging father yet still has regrets about his plan to leave him behind when he remarries and moves to California. It stars Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman, Dorothy Stickney, Estelle Parsons, Elizabeth Hubbard, Lovelady Powell and Conrad Bain.
The movie was adapted by Robert Anderson from his play and directed by Gilbert Cates. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Melvyn Douglas), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gene Hackman) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Directed by: Gilbert Cates
Starring: Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman, Dorothy Stickney, Estelle Parsons, Elizabeth Hubbard, Conrad Bain, Nikki Counselman
Screenplay by: Robert Anderson
Cinematography by: Morris Hartzband, George Stoetzel
Film Editing by: Angelo Ross
Costume Design by: Theoni V. Aldredge
Art Direction by: Hank Aldrich
Music by: Al Gorgoni, Barry Mann
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: October 18, 1970