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Permanent Record (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 22 April 1988 (USA)
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)  »

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The Last Song  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,893,139 (USA)
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Shot all around the state of Oregon See more »

Quotes

Chemistry teacher: Did you do that on purpose?
Chris: You think I'm trying to blind myself on purpose? No, I'm not.
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Referenced in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »

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Wishing on Another Lucky Star
Written by JD Souther
A cappella version performed by Shea Adamson
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No movie has ever quite affected me like this one.
3 August 2001 | by (Oshkosh, WI) – See all my reviews

Permanent Record is one of those rare movies that doesn't feel like a movie; it feels like it could have been lifted straight out of your past. While most high school movies center upon the superficialities of High School life, Permanent Record goes right for the guts of it, knowing that there are no easy answers, no simple solutions.

As such, it represents not a single stitch of calculated drama, and doesn't even really have much of a plot, substituting that instead for a series of seemingly disconnected events that don't lead anywhere definite, but still manage to give off the distinct impression that none of the characters' lives will ever be the same as they were when the movie begins.

This isn't a movie you will watch if you want to be entertained. But it is a movie that, if you are prone to such behavior, you will be thinking about even years after having seen it. To that end, it is virtually unsurpassed.


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