Staying Together (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  10 November 1989 (USA)
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The complacent life of three small town brothers is shattered when their father sells the family business from under them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duncan McDermott
Nancy Trainer
Eileen McDermott
Jake McDermott
Denny Stockton
Lois Cook
Kit McDermott
Brian McDermott
Kevin Burley
Beverly Young
Beth Harper
Ryan Hill ...
Demetri Harper
Rick Marshall ...
Michael Burgess ...
Leon Joseph Pinner ...


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 <>

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10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boy's Life  »

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$4,348,025 (USA)

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Jake McDermott: Why don't you just set some of this stuff down, and we'll go in the TV room and close the door, and we'll have it out.
Brian McDermott: Live in your own world, Dad. I don't have time to waste.
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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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Small Town Family Drama
29 June 2003 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This slightly below average film explores a typical small town South Carolina family through some trials and tribulations.

While it breaks no new dramatic ground, "Staying Together" takes a look at the coming of age of late teen brothers in an average American semi-rural setting.

The talented Stockard Channing heads a handsome cast, all hard working to make the most of an earnest if uneven script.

While the film isn't for everyone, those who can appreciate a story of an average smalltown American family may find these characters and situations of interest. Lee Grant is the director.

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