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Permanent Record (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  22 April 1988 (USA)
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When David Sinclair, a popular and talented high school student commits suicide, his best friend Chris takes over many of his responsibilities; from the school production of "HMS Pinafore" ... See full summary »

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When David Sinclair, a popular and talented high school student commits suicide, his best friend Chris takes over many of his responsibilities; from the school production of "HMS Pinafore" to caring for his family, and soon finds himself under the same pressures. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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High School. Senior Year. His Suicide Shattered Their World. Their Courage Drove Them To Pick Up The Pieces. See more »

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22 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Song  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,893,139 (USA)
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Quotes

Chris: Act like you own the place.
David: How will you act?
Chris: Like I just sold it to you.
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Referenced in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »

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Cholo Vest
Written, Performed & Produced by Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer performs courtesy of CBS Records United Kingdom Limited
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POWERFULLY TOUCHING
31 January 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film in the early '90's and found it to be one of Keanu's hidden acting treasures. I think the guy got a bit typecast with the BILL & TED thing. But as a man who's lost several loved ones to suicide, I found this film very true to form in its point-of-view of choice... focusing on the survivor. Another viewer who described the film as 'terrible' I think missed the point by looking for an 'explanation' for the suicide. After 23 years since my own mother's death to suicide, I can tell you that you never really know 'why'. I thought PERMANENT RECORD to be a bit of subtle brilliance in its focus on the stages of healing survivors go through... those of guilt, anger, shock, and finally acceptance. The film was made for a modest budget but, I felt, showcased some wonderfully understated and powerfully touching moments. Suicide is an emotionally perplexing issue. I salute the filmmakers for tackling it with such compassion and dignity


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