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Staying Together (1989)

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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Boy's Life  »

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$4,348,025 (USA)
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Jake McDermott: [handing over $20 per Duncan's request] Will this be enough?
Duncan McDermott: You are a humanitarian, a benevolent presence in this age of frugality. If all fathers were such good examples to their sons, this world would be...
[Jake covers Duncan's mouth]
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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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Well-acted by annoyingly predictable
27 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it originally played in theatres back in 1989. I remember being VERY underwhelmed by it. I walked out thinking "oh--I've just seen another movie".

It's the story of three brothers growing up and having to deal with various crises. The problem is that ALL the plot lines have been done before...and better. I always knew how the stories were going to end and, to make it worse, the film drags everything out. Everything is done so quietly and in a matter of fact manner. Even when people were yelling or telling each other off it came across as strangely muted. The only thing that saves the film is that all the acting is good. Sean Astin and Dermot Mulroney especially stood out (and have gone on to successful careers). It's not a terrible film just a very predictable one with nothing new to say or add.


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