7.1/10
71
6 user

Breaking Home Ties (1987)

Inspired by a Norman Rockwell painting, this 1950s coming of age drama centers on a young man leaving home to attend college, where he will learn the lessons in becoming a man. While his family must deal with a life threatening illness.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

At Mother's Request (TV Mini-Series 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A mother forces her son to kill her father, based upon a true event in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1978.

Stars: Stann Babb, Ray Baker, George Bartenieff
An Innocent Love (TV Movie 1982)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A coming of age story of a educationally accelarated young teenager that is accepted into college, falls in love with an older college student, facing first love, and obstacles such as ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young
Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Doug McKeon, Steven Bauer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A newspaper woman believes she has a Scoop when she finds a 'Quadroon-Mulatto' woman who is thought by all to be the mother of a 'White' child.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Claire Trevor, Sally Blane, Douglas Fowley
All Fall Down (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ralph and Annabell Willart are a feuding couple who are constantly bickering over their worthless, good-for nothing son Berry-Berry. When Berry-Berry begins yet another meaningless love ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Eva Marie Saint, Warren Beatty, Karl Malden
Raw Deal (1948)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt
Born to Kill (1947)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A calculating divorcée risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer romancing her foster sister.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Lloyd
...
Emma
...
Lonnie
...
Carol
...
Grace Porter
...
Brad
Kristen Lux ...
Bonnie Jo
David Denney ...
Roy
...
Sears
...
Dr. Hendrickson
Jill Parker-Jones
Miles Mutchler
Abby Newman
Edit

Storyline

Inspired by a Norman Rockwell painting, this 1950s coming of age drama centers on a young man leaving home to attend college, where he will learn the lessons in becoming a man. While his family must deal with a life threatening illness.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Leaving is never easy. Coming home can be even harder.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint and Claire Trevor. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
No Basketball For Doug
16 March 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Breaking Home Ties was inspired by a famous Norman Rockwell illustration from the Saturday Evening Post during the Fifties. Simpler times when Mr. Rockwell's vision of America was unchallenged.

Mainly not to add any pressure on him I think though it's never quite explained. Eva Marie Saint chooses to keep the fact that she's dying from leukemia from son Doug McKeon. And to make doubly sure the secret is safe she also doesn't tell her husband Jason Robards, Jr.

Secrets abound in Breaking Home Ties. School teacher Claire Trevor's been keeping a pip of one for many years. But if we're to believe The Last Picture Show of which this seems to be a PG version of, secrets like that don't keep well in a small Texas town. This incidentally was Claire Trevor's farewell film.

Rounding out the main players in Breaking Home Ties is Erin Gray, sister of one of Doug McKeon's basketball teammates and a war widow who takes a shine to young McKeon. Doug McKeon is rather short and for the life of me I couldn't believe anyone would give him a basketball scholarship no matter how good he was. They should have had him playing baseball. Or even rodeo, given that this is set in Texas.

Breaking Home Ties never quite makes the grade, it falls short of good family entertainment. It is nicely photographed on location in Texas, but The Last Picture Show it ain't.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?