The complacent life of three small town brothers is shattered when their father sells the family business from under them.

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Duncan McDermott
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Nancy Trainer
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Eileen McDermott
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Jake McDermott
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Denny Stockton
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Lois Cook
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Kit McDermott
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Brian McDermott
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Kevin Burley
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Beverly Young
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Demetri Harper
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Jake McDermott, after 25 years running a fast food business, proclaims one morning that he's hated dealing with chickens the entire time and has finally sold the family restaurant. For his three sons, who counted on taking it over someday, this comes as a shock and begins to break apart their family. No longer big, carefree fish in a small pond, will the boys manage to rearrange their lives and reconcile with their parents? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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10 November 1989 (USA)  »

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$4,348,025 (USA)
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Brian McDermott: [to Kit] Baby brother here is applying for college.
Duncan McDermott: Yeah, well, somebody better amount to something in this family. I mean, my god, you push a broom, you sling cement, our dear mother works in a saloon - somebody has got to lift the McDurmott family name out of the mud.
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Big Love in a Small Town
Performed by Levon Helm
Written by Stan Szelest, Levon Helm, Paul Branin, Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante (as Randall Ciarlante), Frank Campbell and James Fullin
Published by Mr. Big Music Inc. (BMI) and Damheel Music (BMI)
Produced by Levon Helm
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Good premise that needed more development
30 March 2002 | by (New Mexico) – See all my reviews

The security that three brothers had with their family and their father's business is shattered without warning when the business is sold. Each brother deals in his own way: one growing up quickly, one capping his anger until he explodes, and the youngest, who is seemingly unaffected, actually being the glue that holds everything together. It's a great idea that with another 30 minutes could have been developed into a wonderful film; unfortunately, in about 90 minutes all that was done was done shallowly. Except for the acting: all the actors, particularly those playing the brothers, were great, and tried very hard to make the film three-dimensional. An OK "feel-good" movie, worth seeing.


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