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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Boyce ...
Michael Elgart ...
Phil Diskin ...
Garrett Lambert ...
Carolyn Tomei ...
Sailors Audition (as Ronald John Eckert)
Robert Hooven ...
Nick Kosovich ...
Sailors Audition (as Nicholas Kosovich)
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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 <>

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Everyone Thought David Had It All... Until The Day David Ended It All. See more »


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Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Song  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)


$1,893,139 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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H.M.S. Pinafore Excerpts
By William S. Gilbert (as W.S. Gilbert) & Arthur Sullivan
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21 March 2004 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This film was way ahead of its time. In this day and age, teenage suicides happen often, and appear in the press. This is a movie, set in the 80s, and really has a powerful effect on you. To start with, I was trying to figure out why the main character decided to kill himself. It never really says. But the movie concentrates more on what David's close friends feel on his suicide. The film focuses heavily on Keanu Reeves character, Chris. He features in some of the film's most powerful scenes, and although he plays his Ted character, goofy and gangly, he really acts his socks off. He also features in an almost painful crying scene.

There's a terrific song, which unfortunately isn't available. It's worked on throughout the film, but it really comes to light towards the end. It's called "Wishing On Another Lucky Star", performed by J.D. Souther.

This is a very powerful movie, although it didn't leave much of an effect on me. I was expecting it to leave me with something at the end of the movie, but this kinda movie has been done better in recent years - The Virgin Suicides for example.

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