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Tina Brogan
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Lois
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Harvey
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Philip Brogan
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Sarah Brogan
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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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This movie tells the story of two families. It deals with the tragic reality of teenage suicide. It shows how parents confront their guilt and pain. Pick up the pieces and go on with their lives. How faced with the unthinkable, a family survives. See more »

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The filming camera shows shots as Rick saw them through his own camera, when he was shooting his father and his father's mistress arguing by her car. The freeze-frame of the father putting his hand on the mistress's face is his hand and her cheek that are closer to Rick. When Rick is developing the prints, the father's hand is on the other side of the woman's face. Even if the print were reversed, the hand would be on the side of the face closer to the camera. See more »

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Lonnie: Hold me. Promise me that you won't let go.
Rick Brogan: I promise you I won't.
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We Belong
Written by Dan Navarro (as D. Navarro) and Eric Lowen (as R. Lowen)
Performed by Pat Benatar
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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Sometimes full of soap opera clichés, but mostly a heartbreaking and hopeful drama
2 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first viewed "Surviving" when it aired on the ABC Television Network in the winter of 1985. The network was so confident with the film's final version and the importance of its subject matter (teen suicide) that it aired in a 3-hour time slot, which was rather unusual for an original TV movie not based on a novel.

"Surviving" (which is a better, simpler title than when it re-aired as "Surviving: A Family in Crisis", when there were 2 families in crisis -- and when it was released on VHS as "Tragedy", which sounds very cheap, exploitive and hopeless and doesn't give an indication of the after-effects of suicide on families and friends) occasionally lingers into soap opera hysterics and contrived plot devices. But the strong ensemble cast gave such fine performances and the well-edited, pivotal sequence when the parents of one of the teens tries to save them, made the movie a heartbreaking experience.

"Surviving" becomes a stronger drama when the families try to make sense of losing their loved ones. That is what makes "Surviving" a very good (not great) family drama.


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