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General Information

Poster for Fathers' Day
  • Directed by

    Ivan Reitman

  • Screenplay by

    Francis Veber

  • Music Composed by

    James Newton Howard

  • Theatrical Release Date

    May 9, 1997

  • DVD Release Date

    September 10, 1997

  • Production Companies

    Warner Bros, Northern Lights Entertainment, Silver Pictures

  • Distribution Company

    Warner Bros. Pictures

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Dale Putley

  • Billy Crystal

    Jack Lawrence

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Carrie Lawrence

  • Nastassja Kinski

    Collette Andrews

  • Charlie Hofheimer

    Scott Andrews

  • Bruce Greenwood

    Bob Andrews


Jack Lawrence is a smart-alec lawyer who is one day visited by an ex-girlfriend who tells him her kid is his. Dale Putley is a writer and a depressed goofball who meets with the same ex-girlfriend who tells him her kid is his. One day Jack and Dale meet each other and discover what has happened: they've been told the same story and now there's the question of who the real father is. They learn "their" son is following a rock band called Sugar Ray around. So Jack and Dale hit the road to Sacramento and find their drunk, lovestruck son. Soon after they bring him back to their hotel room, their son escapes and Jack and Dale must use teamwork to find him again, bring him home, and find out which one of them is his real father.



  • Dale

    For years I've thought about killing myself. It's the only thing that kept me going.

  • Dale

    How did you get her husband to talk?

  • Jack

    I head-butted him.

  • Dale

    How Joe Pesci of you. What are you gonna do with her, run her tits through the Visa machine?



Why some animals eat their young.

All she said was, "My son is yours." Unfortunately, she said it to both of them.


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Filming Info

  • Dates

    July 8, 1996 - October 9, 1996

  • Locations

    Harold's Casino, Lake Tahoe, CA
    Tahoe International Airport, CA
    Reno, NV
    Los Angeles, CA
    San Francisco, CA

International Release Dates

  • Canada

    May 9, 1997

  • Australia

    July 31, 1997

  • UK

    August 10, 1997

  • Argentina

    August 21, 1997

  • Germany

    September 18, 1997

  • Poland
    Switzerland (German)

    September 26, 1997

  • South Korea

    October 3, 1997

  • Italy

    October 10, 1997

  • Israel

    October 15, 1997

  • Finland

    October 17, 1997

  • Iceland

    November 7, 1997

  • Japan

    November 8, 1997

  • Kuwait

    November 12, 1997

  • Slovenia

    November 20, 1997

  • France

    November 26, 1997

  • Netherlands

    December 4, 1997

  • Denmark

    December 19, 1997

  • Estonia

    January 16, 1998

  • Portugal

    March 20, 1998 (video premiere)

  • Hungary

    April 16, 1998 (video premiere)

International Titles

  • Brazil

    1 Dia 2 Pais

  • Hungary

    Apák napja

  • Greece

    Dialexte baba

  • France

    Drôles de pères

  • Italy

    Due padri di troppo

  • Poland

    Dzien ojca

  • Israel

    Efo Ha-Yeled?

  • Germany

    Ein Vater zuviel

  • Finland


  • Canada

    La fête des pères (French title)

  • Portugal

    O Dia dos Pais

  • Slovenia

    Ockov dan

  • Turkey

    Sürpriz babalar

  • Sweden

    Två pappor för mycket

  • Spain

    Un lío padre

  • Romania

    Un tata în plus

Fun Fact

There was a scene with Artie Lang (as a security guard) where director Ivan Reitman asked Robin to do take after take, maybe 30 in all.

Box Office

  • Gross

    $28,598,376 (USA)
    N/A (international)
    $28,598,376 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $8,776,159 (2,482 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    2,507 theaters

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