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Men Don't Leave (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama | 23 February 1990 (USA)
A mother of two sons finds life considerably difficult on her own after the death of her beloved husband. Due to debt she must move them to Baltimore, and deal with the hardships and all ... See full summary »

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Charles Simon
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Chris Macauley
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Lisa Coleman
Tom Mason ...
John Macauley
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Matt Macauley
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Mrs. Buckley
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Mr. Buckley
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Winston Buckley
Shannon Moffett ...
Dale Buckley
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Mark Hardwick ...
Ian
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A mother of two sons finds life considerably difficult on her own after the death of her beloved husband. Due to debt she must move them to Baltimore, and deal with the hardships and all that comes with the city life. Written by MasoK <grok@tri-lakes.net>

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A nő nem felejt  »

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$6,070,725 (USA)
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One of two 1990 releases starring both Kathy Bates and Charlie Korsmo. The other film was Dick Tracy (1990). See more »

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Beth Macauley: You know what, Chris, you can be a real little shit sometimes.
Chris Macauley: Can I say that now?
Beth Macauley: Yes.
Chris Macauley: I'm going to.
Beth Macauley: Fine.
Chris Macauley: And I feel like it.
Beth Macauley: Be my guest.
Chris Macauley: Shit.
Beth Macauley: Oh... You feel better now?
Chris Macauley: Shit.
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References Lady and the Tramp (1955) See more »

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Performed by Frankie Laine
Courtesy of CBS Entertainment
Written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington
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Nice and easy does it.
14 November 2003 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

A true sleeper; a heartfelt drama with an odd title that isn't really 'about' any one thing, but ends up more truthful about life than most higher-profile Hollywood product.

It's a movie that's rather slow and low-key, but stick with it. There are many wonderful moments along the way, both funny and poignant, conveyed with remarkable verisimilitude by a skilled cast. We've grown accustomed to the excellence of Jessica Lange, convincing here as a recent widow trying to make a new life for herself and her boys, but she's ably supported by Arliss Howard, Joan Cusack, and especially Chris O'Donnell and Charlie Korsmo, who play her sons.

Director Paul Brickman hasn't made many films but this is surely his best; he also collaborated on its quietly-observed, slice-of life script with Barbara Benedek (THE BIG CHILL). Thomas Newman's spare, haunting score reveals why he's one of the finest film composers working today.

Also, despite other user comments, this is not a 'tearjerker.' MEN DON'T LEAVE comes by its emotional impact honestly, with restraint and subtlety. Other filmmakers could learn a thing or two from Lange, Brickman et al. Highly recommended.


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