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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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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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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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Boy's Life  »

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$4,348,025 (USA)
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Brian McDermott: I don't give a damn about your reasons. Your reasons are crap! You didn't TELL us! You told other people, though, didn't ya? For all I know, this whole fucking town knows about it! But not us. No, not us. What are we, huh? Do we mean anything to you? No, we're just kids, right? Kids can't be trusted. And if your own father can't trust you, then who the hell can?
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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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a little sad, but altogether touching.
5 January 2002 | by (semmes, alabama) – See all my reviews

It's the story of three brothers pulling together in the midst of hardship and loss, and learning that the really important things in life are family, love, trust, and forgiveness. The entire cast manages to pull in a powerful performance despite a few lousy one-liners. A great film for fans of true to life problems befalling believable families. Also worth a look for fans of Dermot Mulroney or Sean Astin. They both do an astounding job, often bringing you to tears. Take my word for it and rent this today!


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