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Parents and kids too close in age

Some movies cast people very close in age to play parent and child. They did a nice job in Last Crusade even though Sean Connery is only 12 years older than Harrison Ford

But in Step Brothers Mary Steenburgen is 14 years older than Will Farrell and didn't look old enough to be his mother. Biologically possible but not a great pairing.

In Blue Hawaii Angela Lansbury was 8 years older than ELvis who played her son.

Even in Bounty Hunter Jennifer Anniston is smoking hot but looks every bit her 42 years, where Christine Baransky I think looks youthfull for a woman pushing 60. There is a 17 year difference which is plausible but struck me as not working. Of course not much in that movie worked so no great loss.

On TV, Molly Shannon played Selma Blairs' mom in Kath and Kim with an 8 year age difference. Wondering if there any other glaring examples or if I found them all?
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

North by Northwest (1959)

Cary Grant is only eight years younger than Jessie Royce Landis, who plays his mother.

Hamlet (1948)

Laurence Olivier is 11 years older than the actress playing his mother, Eileen Herlie!
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Mean Girls - Amy Poehler was only 7 years older than her onscreen daughter played by Rachel McAdams.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

I doubt anything will beat out The Manchurian Candidate. Angela Lansbury was younger than Laurence Harvey, yet played his mother.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Originally Posted by wendersfan View Post
I doubt anything will beat out The Manchurian Candidate. Angela Lansbury was younger than Laurence Harvey, yet played his mother.
Hamlet beats it by 8 years.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

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Hamlet beats it by 8 years.
Suck it.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Jackie Chan was OLDER than Anita Mui who played his mother in Drunken Master II
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Originally Posted by JimRochester View Post
In Blue Hawaii Angela Lansbury was 8 years older than ELvis who played her son.
Originally Posted by wendersfan View Post
I doubt anything will beat out The Manchurian Candidate. Angela Lansbury was younger than Laurence Harvey, yet played his mother.
Let's be fair -- Angela Lansbury always looked old.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Originally Posted by godzilla rules View Post
Jackie Chan was OLDER than Anita Mui who played his mother in Drunken Master II
She played his step-mother, actually.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Not a movie, but Michael Pitt (29) and Gretchen Mol (37) don't make for a very believable son/mother duo on Boardwalk Empire, even if Pitt is playing a younger character.
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Has anyone mentioned that on Boardwalk Empire that Michael Pitt is only 8 years younger than Gretchen Mol who plays his mom?

...I actually thought he was simply cheating on his wife when they introduced her.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Not a movie, but Gretchen Mol is way too young to be Michael Pitt's mom. Wait a minute, seems that has been brought up already! The way they introduced her was really weird. Don't know many moms who wrap their legs around their sons and kiss them on the lips!


Surprised nobody has mentioned Alexander. I think Angelina Jolie is only one year older than Colin Farrell in real life, yet he was her son. Worse yet, they didn't even bother to really age Jolie for the part.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Originally Posted by wendersfan View Post
I doubt anything will beat out The Manchurian Candidate. Angela Lansbury was younger than Laurence Harvey, yet played his mother.
And it pretty much doomed Lansbury to be cast as old characters ever since.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Angela Lansbury all sorts of jowly-hot in Samson and Delilah.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Originally Posted by Sean O'Hara View Post
Let's be fair -- Angela Lansbury always looked old.
I'll give you that one. I wonder if she ever got a complex playing younger peoples parents?

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Hamlet (1948)

Laurence Olivier is 11 years older than the actress playing his mother, Eileen Herlie!
She must be a real looker
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Surprised no one has mentioned Mol/Pitt in Boardwalk Empire yet.

You guys are slipping.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Originally Posted by JumpCutz View Post
Surprised no one has mentioned Mol/Pitt in Boardwalk Empire yet.

You guys are slipping.
Pssst, posts 11 and 12
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

The aforementioned Angela Lansbury in "Samson & Delilah":

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Originally Posted by Giantrobo View Post
Pssst, posts 11 and 12
Pssst, It was a joke.

I think it had been mentioned about 5 times before my redundant reference.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Originally Posted by wendersfan View Post
I doubt anything will beat out The Manchurian Candidate. Angela Lansbury was younger than Laurence Harvey, yet played his mother.
Actually, Lansbury (b. 1925) was three years older than Harvey (b. 1928).

Ernest Borgnine is younger than Kirk Douglas by about a month, yet played his father in THE VIKINGS (1958). Borgnine is 8&1/2 years older than Tony Curtis who played another son of his in THE VIKINGS. But this is what great actors do. They make it believable.
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I wonder if a moderator will be in touch with Lemmy and I about a multiple accounts issue.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

The Godfather: Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) was brought in as an orphan, but was supposed to be the same age as Sonny (James Caan). In reality, he's only seven years older than Brando who played his adopted father. The same goes for Fredo (John Cazale) who was only 11 years older than Brando but was supposed to be the middle child.

Out to Sea: Elaine Stritch was only 11 years older than Dyan Cannon who played her daughter. However, Cannon looks at least ten years younger in the movie than she actually was.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum View Post
Actually, Lansbury (b. 1925) was three years older than Harvey (b. 1928).

Ernest Borgnine is younger than Kirk Douglas by about a month, yet played his father in THE VIKINGS (1958). Borgnine is 8&1/2 years older than Tony Curtis who played another son of his in THE VIKINGS. But this is what great actors do. They make it believable.

Poor Ernest Borgnine, ugly and old looking his entire life.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Since some TV shows have come up...John Mahoney was only 14 or 15 years older than Kelsey Grammar in Frasier. While in society there are teens who have kids when they are 15 that was something the producers of the series felt they had to deal with and made John appear older than he was by giving him his cane.
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Re: Parents and kids too close in age

Originally Posted by Boba Fett View Post
The Godfather: Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) was brought in as an orphan, but was supposed to be the same age as Sonny (James Caan). In reality, he's only seven years older than Brando who played his adopted father. The same goes for Fredo (John Cazale) who was only 11 years older than Brando but was supposed to be the middle child.
Year of birth

Brando - 1924
Duvall - 1931
Caan - 1940
Pacino - 1940
Cazale - 1935

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