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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Wendy
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Sam
Christopher Collet ...
Jake Livingston
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Brian Livingston
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Lisa
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Lee
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Adam
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Mr. Rader
Richard Brandon ...
Alan Livingston (Dad)
Gayle Harbor ...
Joanne
Ellen Barber ...
Wendy's Girlfriend Pat
Richard E. Szlasa ...
Coach Gant
Beverly May ...
Mrs. Mercer
Brian Lima ...
Robby
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Ken
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Because he's the oldest, Jake has been the man of the house, since his parents divorce. When Mom starts seeing Sam, who always seems to be trying some new way to get rich quick, and declares he's the man of the house now, Jake puts up with it. Until he discovers Sam's illegal activities. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Jake Livingston had to grow up fast...Because his mother didn't. See more »

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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

First Born  »

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$6,200,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 1984, this had the misfortune of opening on the same day as The Terminator (1984). See more »

Quotes

Jake Livingston: You keep telling us about the real world. But in the real world YOU'D be a grown man competing with a bunch of tenth graders!
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Gimme Some Lovin'
by Steve Winwood (as S. Winwood), Spencer Davis (as S. Davis) and Muff Winwood (as M. Winwood)
The Spencer Davis Group
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Very Insightful and Realistic
9 January 2007 | by (South Carolina, United States) – See all my reviews

This is not, nor was it intended to be, a happy movie.

Wendy, (a great performance by Teri Garr), is a very lonely and extremely vulnerable divorced Mother of two boys. She is wooed and won by Sam, (Peter Weller), a great guy and perfect husband/father replacement. Wendy's oldest son, Jake, discovers a secret which Wendy chooses to downplay rather than jeopardize her relationship with Sam.

What should Jake do?

Not all life situations are happy situations. The script is a strong and realistic rendering of a very believable situation. For a happy movie, I recommend "Mary Poppins".


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