GenreDrama Music directorRichard Hartley LanguageEnglish
WriterPeter Prince, Christopher Hampton Release dateNovember 1985 CastAnthony Hopkins (Bill Hooper), Jim Broadbent (Roger Miles), Harriet Walter (Emmy Hooper), Frances Viner (Cheryl Langford), Simon Callow (Mark Varda), Miriam Margolyes (Jane Powell) Similar moviesFish Tank, The Last Witch Hunter, Factory Girl, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, At the Edge of the Abyss
The good father
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 credited 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 relationship with her lover. Bill tries to help the man out, by funding the latter's court case to regain custody of his child. Simone 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.