Men Don't Leave (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  23 February 1990 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Simon
Chris Macauley
Lisa Coleman
Tom Mason ...
John Macauley
Matt Macauley
Mrs. Buckley
Mr. Buckley
Winston Buckley
Shannon Moffett ...
Dale Buckley
Mark Hardwick ...


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 <>

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23 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nő nem felejt  »

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Thomas Lennon auditioned for a role in this film, according to a 2013 interview on Lennon added: "It would have been a role played by some crazy hip kid." See more »


Jody: Here's what I thought. We finish dinner and then we have desert, 'kay?
Chris Macauley: Alright.
Jody: And then after that, I take you for a drive, show you around the city.
Chris Macauley: Sure.
Jody: And after that, we come back here. And then, if we still like each other, we make love.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Alien from L.A. (1993) See more »


Written by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke
By Arrangement with Walt Disney Music Company
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Good Drama With Humorous Moments...
16 November 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I like this film. Jessica Lange is very good as a wife/mom of two sons. She abruptly finds herself a widow after her husband dies in a work related accident. This is a woman who is used to having a partner to help deal with family life & issues & suddenly everything is on her shoulders. She's deep in debt & overwhelmed. (The adorable) Chris O'Donnell is great as the older boy, playing a typical bratty teenager arguing with Lange over choices & decisions she must now make. He's very convincing in a scene with Arliss Howard, later in the film, that shows just how much his mom means to him. Charlie Korsmo is the younger, more agreeable boy. Yet he's filled with many issues, underneath the surface, dealing with his dad's death & their relocation to Baltimore. He takes to a new buddy's home life because he misses the conventional family he was used to, much to Lange's dismay as she tries desperately to keep her family together. Joan Cusack plays a quirky, domineering neighbor & "older woman" interested in O'Donnell. A leaner than usual Kathy Bates (almost unrecognizable because she's all farpitzed with makeup, trendy clothes & hairstyle) plays Lange's bitchy, bitter boss when she must now enter the workplace. Arliss Howard is also on hand as a love interest for Lange. Not that much emphasis is placed on their relationship because the main focus of the film is on Lange & her son's. Now for that title. IMO it can be taken two ways, as a plea or a statement. "Men Don't Leave" because you're family needs you, or "Men Don't Leave" a family's mind's & hearts after they've gone.

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