Archive of films It Runs in the Family / It Runs in the Family

2003, 109 min

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Year: 2003

The legendary Kirk Douglas, his famous son Michael and grandson Cameron come together on screen to project many of their own family situations into the story of the Gromberg clan.


The Grombergs are a successful American family: the oldest of them, Mitchell, used to be a partner in a respected legal firm, his wife Evelyn is his emotional support and the mediator between him and their son Alex, with whom Mitchell frequently comes into conflict. Alex is a middle-aged man trying, although not always succeeding, to play the good father, son and husband. His wife Rebecca is a psychologist endeavouring to combine her profession with her role as wife and mother of two sons. The elder son Asher, a somewhat rebellious school pupil, is currently trying to find his way in the complex world of love and sex. 11-year-old Eli is probably the most balanced member of the family. Three generations, each living their own life, each allergic to the others, but occasionally they meet up for family celebrations where they argue furiously and also have a laugh together. The Gromberg family is played by members of the famous Douglas acting clan and, doubtless, something of their real-life relationships is projected into this film. The self-sacrificing Evelyn is played by Kirk Douglas´ former wife Diana, and little Eli is played by the youngest of seven children from another famous family from the entertainment industry - Rory Culkin.

About the director

Fred Schepisi (b. 1939, Melbourne) began in advertising and then began to write and film documentaries for TV. In 1973 he contributed to the film Libido with his story The Priest. He is known for his films The Devil´s Playground (1976) and the sensitive probe into race relations The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith (1978). Like many of his talented colleagues, he was invited to Hollywood and thus began his international career with the films Barbarosa (1982), Iceman (1984), Plenty (1985), Roxanne (1987), A Cry in the Dark (1988). Other films: The Russia House (1990), Mr. Baseball (1992), Six Degrees of Separation (1993). I.Q. (1994), Last Orders (2001). 


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Director: Fred Schepisi
Screenplay: Jesse Wigutow
Dir. of Photography: Ian Baker
Music: Paul Grabowsky
Editor: Kate Williams
Producer: Michael Douglas
Production: Further Films Production
Cast: Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Rory Culkin, Cameron Douglas, Diana Douglas, Michelle Monagham, Geoffrey Arend, Sarita Choudhury
Contact: Falcon a.s.


Jan Bradáč

Distributor, Cinema Representative, Producer

Diana Douglas

Michelle Monaghan

Josh Pais


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