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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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Leon Joseph Pinner ...
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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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1.85 : 1
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Brian McDermott: Don't we count? We put our whole lives into that business, too, you know? And today it's, uh, "Hey, kids by the way, fuck you. We're closed."
Jake McDermott: Now, we have rules about that word.
Brian McDermott: We don't have rules. You just fucked all the rules.
Jake McDermott: I expect you to be surprised.
Brian McDermott: What are we, huh? Come on, you're lookin' at us. Do we mean anything to you? Are we your sons?
Jake McDermott: Let's just discuss this calmly, all right?
Brian McDermott: Discuss it. Now you want to discuss it. You... you're... you're unbelievable.
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Written by Bill Withers
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A Coming of Age Movie
7 July 2002 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

A wonderful look into the lives of three brothers that are making that giant step into becoming people. Growing up in a small town U.S.A., the McDermott brothers find themselves and their family changed with the selling of the family business and the death of their father. One searches from a place in society with success, as the other searches for love and achievement. Sean Astin leads this wonderful cast of original and very true characters as the more troubled and comical of the three brothers. The overall moral of this story is hope. My final comment, its a nice film for the right audience.


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