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Staying Together -- A splendid character study focusing on the McDermott family. The family owns and operates a chicken restaurant in the small town of Ridgeway, South Carolina.


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Writer (WGA):
Monte Merrick (written by)
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Release Date:
10 November 1989 (USA) See more »
The complacent life of three small town brothers is shattered when their father sells the family business from under them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Sean Astin ... Duncan McDermott

Stockard Channing ... Nancy Trainer

Melinda Dillon ... Eileen McDermott

Jim Haynie ... Jake McDermott

Levon Helm ... Denny Stockton

Dinah Manoff ... Lois Cook

Dermot Mulroney ... Kit McDermott

Tim Quill ... Brian McDermott

Keith Szarabajka ... Kevin Burley

Daphne Zuniga ... Beverly Young

Sheila Kelley ... Beth Harper
Ryan Hill ... Demetri Harper
Rick Marshall ... Charlie
Michael Burgess ... Workman
Leon Joseph Pinner ... Newsman
Ed Carter ... Announcer
Susan Aude Fisher ... Announcer
Jim Gandy ... Announcer
Stephen Jackson ... Contestant (as Steve Jackson)

Bonnie Johnson ... Waitress (as Bonnie Cook)

Robert Sedgwick ... Doctor (as Robby Sedgwick)
Ann Pierce ... Nurse

Nathan Le Grand ... Husband (as Nathan LeGrand)
Paul Branin ... Guitar, Sax, Tenor, Vocals
Jim Weider ... Guitar
Frank Campbell ... Bass
Randy Ciarlante ... Drums / Vocal
Stan Szelest ... Keyboard / Vocals
Wayne Coleman ... Wedding Photographer
Thelma McNinch ... Customer
James R. Barrow ... Customer
Frances Arndt ... Mrs. Crawford

Directed by
Lee Grant 
Writing credits
Monte Merrick (written by)

Produced by
John Daly .... executive producer
Joseph Feury .... producer
Stuart Fleming .... associate producer (as Stu Fleming)
Derek Gibson .... executive producer
Milton Justice .... co-producer
Original Music by
Miles Goodman 
Cinematography by
Dick Bush 
Film Editing by
Katherine Wenning 
Casting by
Marsha Kleinman 
Production Design by
Stuart Wurtzel 
Art Direction by
W. Steven Graham 
Set Decoration by
Elaine O'Donnell 
Costume Design by
Carol Oditz 
Makeup Department
Carlos David Amador .... key hair stylist
Christa Reusch .... makeup designer
Production Management
Stuart Fleming .... unit production manager (as Stu Fleming)
Randy D. Thornton .... post-production supervisor (as Randy Thornton)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carole Keligian .... first assistant director
John T. Kretchmer .... first assistant director
Richard Patrick .... second assistant director
Art Department
Frank Allen .... leadman
Jamie Arbuckle .... set dresser
Carl Copeland .... construction coordinator (as Carl E. Copeland)
Catherine Davis .... assistant set decorator
David E. Harshbarger .... property master
Janice Irwin .... production assistant: set decoration department
Clare Scarpulla .... assistant art director
Brendan Watson .... leadman
Veronica Williams .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Gail Brodin .... boom operator (as Gail Dalton Brodin)
Jan Brodin .... sound editor (as Jan Erik Brodin)
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Louis Cerborino .... supervising sound editor
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Richard P. Cirincione .... sound editor
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound editor
Hal Levinsohn .... sound editor
Jane McCulley .... adr editor
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Robert Thirlwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
Greg Brickman .... stunt coordinator
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunt coordinator (as Gil Combs)
Laura Combs .... stunts
Joe Finnegan .... stunts
Kell Johnson .... stunts
Lonnie Parkinson .... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts (as Chuck Picerni)
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Bleibtreu .... first assistant camera
Buck Brinson .... second director of photography (as Bucky Brinson)
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer
Danny Eccleston .... gaffer
Evans 'Rusty' Edmonson .... electrician
Rusty Edmonson .... lighting technician
Robert L. Garcia II .... electrician
Joel Hughen .... grip
Robert Keslow .... assistant camera
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator
Dan Kneece .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bruce Lane .... additional camera operator
Bruce Lane .... camera operator
Marion Laney .... electrician
Steve Lubbe .... dolly grip (as Stephen Lubbe)
Mark Petersen .... film loader
Don Simandl .... key grip (as Donald Simandl)
Mark Spagnolo .... grip
Steve Spallone .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Leslee Dennis .... casting assistant
Craig Fincannon .... extras casting
Mark Fincannon .... extras casting
Amy Introcaso .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Hause .... wardrobe supervisor (as Barbara J. Hause)
Varcra Russal .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Susan Demskey-Horiuchi .... assistant editor (as Susan Demskey)
Herb Hickey .... color timer
Alisa Lepselter .... assistant editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Duerrstein)
David Siegel .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Thomas S. Drescher .... music editor (as Thomas Drescher)
Transportation Department
Ron Kern .... transportation coordinator
Vicki Lybrand .... transportation
Other crew
Jo Barnett .... production accountant
Christopher S. Capp .... set production assistant
Maureen Duffy .... assistant production coordinator (as Maureen Ann Duffy)
Robert J. Elisberg .... unit publicist
Paula Frankel .... script supervisor
Roberta Morris Purdee .... production coordinator (as Roberta Morris)
Steve Rhea .... location manager


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91 min | Germany:80 min
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Duncan McDermott:Drinking? Taking dope? Harassing innocent people? I am SHOCKED at your behavior. And to think you wanted me, an impressionable youth...
Kit McDermott:Shut up.
Duncan McDermott:Well, thank heavens I crawled up with a good book instead.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
a little sad, but altogether touching., 5 January 2002
Author: jades9 ( from semmes, alabama

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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