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Surviving (1985)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  10 February 1985 (USA)
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Tina Brogan
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David Brogan
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Rick Brogan
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Lois
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Lonnie
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Harvey
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Philip Brogan
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Sarah Brogan
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Dr. Madsen
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Bobby
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Lon Coggeshall ...
Jeb
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Rick is a 17 year old golden boy whose father wants him to became a doctor like himself. Lonnie is a problematic 16 year old girl, who has just come out from a sanatorium after an attempted suicide. The families of both teens are very close friends. Right away, Lonnie and Rick fall strongly in love for each other. Meanwhile Rick becomes aware that his father betrays his mother, so he begins to show his uneasiness at home and do odd things. Thinking Lonnie's the reason of his son's behaviour, Rick's father forbids him to see her anymore. After an unsuccessful getaway the two adolescents realize their love is impossible, therefore they decide to commit suicide. From then onwards both o their families are destroyed, and their friendship as well. It'll be hard to reconstruct the family and retrieve the friendship. Written by A. Cifres

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Of the four kids in the movie; Zach Galligan, Molly Ringwald, River Phoenix and Heather O'Rourke, it is the two oldest (Galligan and Ringwald) who die young. In real life however, it would be the youngest who would pass early with O'Rourke dying in 1988 at the age of 12 and Phoenix in 1993 at the age of 23. See more »

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Philip Brogan: Oh my goodness, oh my soul! There goes Alice down the hole!
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Intelligent, heartbreaking drama
10 March 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Movies about suicide are certainly not going to be pleasant from the outset (and I know several people who refused to watch "Surviving" simply because of its theme), but I think viewers will find something special here. Ellen Burstyn plays a doctor's wife and mother of three who clouds her life with activity so that she can't see what's really going on; Marsha Mason is her friend in the neighborhood, a working mom who got fed-up a long time ago and can't muster the strength to care anymore. Their two eldest children (Zach Galligan and Molly Ringwald) are embarrassed by their parents, are convinced they are in love and wish to escape. The opening montage of family photos and the sad, wistful score is highly evocative (and all the shots of Ringwald are fascinating; she manages to convey depth of character even in still photographs). Mason has a more complex role than Burstyn, but Ellen (after coming out of her fog) has several strong scenes, particularly when berating her youngest son (River Phoenix) for taking sleeping pills ("How COULD you...how COULD you, Phillip?"). When Mason breaks down on her front lawn, it's tough not to cry right with her. "Surviving" doesn't tug at your heartstrings for effect (it's not "Love Story"); it earns your tears. The film was notoriously snubbed at Emmy time and got surprisingly low ratings; it's worth rediscovering. ***1/2 from ****


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