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Signs of Life (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 May 1991 (Japan)
A touching story of life in rural Maine, and the changes brought about by the closing of a town's small boat-building company -- on which many of the residents depended upon for a living.

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A touching story of life in rural Maine, and the changes brought about by the closing of a town's small boat-building company -- on which many of the residents depended upon for a living.

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Arthur Kennedy had been retired and living in Savannah, Georgia. During a dinner with his daughter and her agent, he asked if there was anything out there for him and the result was his role in this film. See more »

Quotes

Owen Coughlin: There's someone that's following me around.
Mrs. Wrangway: Who?
Owen Coughlin: I don't know. I don't know. I'm not sure he's even really there.
Mrs. Wrangway: Oh, don't be silly. You're fine. You're just fine.
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That's How The Yodel Was Born
Written by Charles Randolph Grean (as Grean), Joan Javits (as Javits) and Anthony
Performed by Elton Britt
Courtesy of BMG Records, LTD.
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small wonders
3 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This unassuming sleeper is being sold as an inspirational 'feel good' movie because of a minor miracle tacked awkwardly onto the final scenes, but the film is more about those moments of transition in our lives when anything can happen, tracing 24 fateful hours in the life (and death) of an old New England shipyard facing imminent closure. It's the sort of small town, ensemble character drama where the writing and acting are more than usually critical, and (fortunately) this one has both: an original, unpredictable script and a strong cast led by veteran Arthur Kennedy, still a tough bird at age 75. Under John David Coles' direction the film is delicate but never fragile, sensitive but never sentimental, and whimsical without ever losing its grip on reality. Because it doesn't call much attention to itself some word of mouth would clearly have helped the film reach an audience but, considering the throwaway release it received, viewers today will have a difficult time tracking it down


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