Synopsis: Tom Winters, a widower, is trying to understand and raise three precocious children alone. He gets a little unexpected help from Cinzia, when the children decide she is be the new maid. She is actually an Italian socialite who is trying to get away from her overprotective father.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Melville Shavelson
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

What do you know...

He finally made it.

He was pretty far away

when it happened.

- Europe or some place like that.

- That's his story.

We'd better go down and say hello.

- Not me.

- He is our father.

l'll never say hello to him.

Goodbye, maybe.

Mother would have wanted us to.

We don't have no mother.

She's dead.

- Shut up. You give me the creeps.

- My mother is dead!

Let's go down.

We'll leave little Frankenstein here.

- She is, too.

- Shut up.

Be quiet.

l hate everybody. l hate everybody

in the whole wide world.

l bought it from a short fellow in Munich.

Wait, Aunt Carolyn.

Come on, jump.

He is supposed to jump.

Come on, jump.

All right, Tom.

Mother and l must be getting home.

Many arrangements have to be made.

- The children have enough toys.

- l bought this one for me.

Alice didn't bother to have the car insured

before that terrible accident.

She was as haphazard about that

as she was about choosing

her husband.

Don't worry. l will take on

the additional financial burden.

lf you don't mind, l prefer to worry.

As long as you're in my house,

you're going to have some manners.

- Hello, Robert, old man.

- l'm not an old man.

He's getting there.

That's a darling thing.

ls that how it works?

You're from another planet.

Thank you.

l think that's a compliment.

l was just about to do that.

All you had to do was pull the switch...

The children seem to be happy

with our side of the family.

The divorce wasn't final,

but we're both lawyers

and there shouldn't be any difficulty

making the custody permanent.

- Carolyn, where is your husband?

- John is out, Father.

When is he ever in? Both of my daughters

made the wisest choices.

Tom, Mother and l will take Elizabeth

to live with us.

And Carolyn and her husband

will take the boys.

lt will be wonderful for the boys.

l'll move the guesthouse

and put in a swimming-pool.

They have been helping plan it.

- ls that OK with you?

- Sure. lt's a real blast here.

We've got a tennis court, horses,

the river, everything.

l'll be living right down the road.

l can come over any time.

- How about you?

- l don't care where l live.

Well, it happens that l care. l don't want

my kids parcelled out like cabbages.

They don't parcel out cabbages,

they are sold in carload lots.

Since when are you interested

in your children?

How long were you and Alice separated?

Three years? Four?

When did you see your children?

Occasionally on a weekend?

You know my job with the government...

Your job is more important

than your children?

You may sign the custody agreement

in my office in the morning.

Elizabeth, it's getting late.

All your things are in the car.

We'd better go home now.

OK, Gramps.

See you in the morning.

l'll come over lots of times.

lt will be all right.

- Bye bye, sweetie.

- See you tomorrow, Aunt Carolyn.


No, he is your father.

Why don't you give him a kiss?

- Sure.

- No, wait.

Get your things from that Black Maria

and put them in the jeep.

And you two, get your clothes,

you are coming to Washington with me.

We'll stay with Aunt Carolyn.

She's got horses and everything.

- Can he do that?

- You bet l can.

You won't miss them.

l'll send a carload of cabbages.

Remember, you're still under

my jurisdiction, the three of you.

Get your things together.

l'll wait for you outside. Carolyn, l...

- What should we do?

- What can we do?

He's got the law on his side.

We have to go with him.

- He ain't gonna like it.

- Nope.

Tom... Where are you going

to put the children?

l still have my flat in Washington.

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Melville Shavelson

Melville Shavelson (April 1, 1917 – August 8, 2007) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and author. He was President of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAw) from 1969 to 1971, 1979 to 1981, and 1985 to 1987. more…

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