A Father...a Son...Once Upon a Time...

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Kirk and Michael Douglas Open Up

Kirk Douglas, 88, who has just had double knee surgery, is on a walker and in pain. But that doesn't stop him and Michael, 60, from sitting in Kirk's sunroom to discuss Lee Grant's riveting, warts-and-all documentary about them, A Father… a Son… Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (premiering Aug. 13 on HBO). Though these two Oscar winners are movie royalty, they are willing to talk about how they've maintained a close bond despite deep hurts, as well as their legendary successes.

TV Guide: Why did you do the documentary?
Michael Douglas:
A couple of reasons. Initially we thought we were just going to talk about how [the entertainment] business has changed. Then we got into discussions about how one man is a rags-to-riches immigrant Russian Jew born two years after his father (who cannot read or write) came here. That's an incredible story. And then there is the story of the second or th  Read Full Article

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Kirk and Michael Douglas Open Up

Kirk Douglas, 88, who has just had double knee surgery, is on a walker and in pain. But that doesn't stop him and Michael, 60, from sitting in Kirk's sunroom to discuss Lee Grant's riveting, warts-and-all documentary about them, A Father… a Son… Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (premiering Aug. 13 on HBO). Though these two Oscar winners are movie royalty, they are willing to talk about how they've maintained a close bond despite deep hurts, as well as their legendary successes. TV Guide: Why did you do the documentary?Michael Douglas: A couple of reasons. Initially we thought we were just going to talk about how [the entertainment] business has changed. Then we got into discussions about how one man is a rags-to-riches immigrant Russian Jew born two years after his father (who cannot read or write) came here. That's an incredible story. And then there is the story of the second or th read more

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Premiered: August 13, 2005
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: An intimate profile of Kirk Douglas and his son Michael, told through a series of conversations between the two actors about their careers, common interests and stark differences. Also: comments from Anne Douglas, Kirk's wife; Diana Douglas, Michael's mother; Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael's wife; Jack Valenti; and Kathleen Turner. Directed by actress Lee Grant, a friend of the family.

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