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Curse of the Starving Class (1994)

Sam Shepard's coming of age drama about a dirt-poor 1950's-era farm family. Dad's a foul talking drunk and Mom is desperately trying to save what's left of their family life.

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Ellis
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Emerson (as James Fitzpatrick)
Joel Anderson ...
Slater
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Taylor's Assistant
John Cannon Nichols ...
Des
Jerry Biggs ...
Policeman
David McDavid ...
Will
Gary Carter ...
Weston's Buddy #1
Peyton E. Park ...
Weston's Buddy #2 (as Peyton Park)
Del Roy ...
Ellis' Buddy
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This cinema version of the Sam Shepard play is set well after the mid-century. James Woods as the alcoholic farmer drives a huge beater with a rusted roof which is emblematic of the general disrepair of his farm. A lovingly tended lamb with maggots is the reverse emblem of something helpless, needy and cared for. The refrigerator is spoken to as a character, as if standing in for absent nurturing from Woods' self-centered wife. The couple have two kids who must come of age as their home is being torn apart around them and the parents pursue fantasies of "better things" offered by crook Randy Quaid. Henry Thomas as the son copes by holding on to the land and creating a poetic commentary, and the responses of his sister to the crisis become a powerful and surprising tribute to womanhood. Written by <abbyskl@earthling.net>

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Rated R for language, and for a scene of nudity | See all certifications »
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5 May 1995 (South Korea)  »

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Al otro lado del paraíso  »

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$12,577,385 (estimated)
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Trivia

The only film performance of Kristin Fiorella. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Weston Tate: Where's my gun?
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Referenced in Breaking News (2008) See more »

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I Remember Stevie
Written by Andy Timmons
Performed by The Andy Timmons Bank
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Script and Acting is Fabulous
22 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You can't improve on the casting of the leads here, nor the dialogue. So earthy, and James Woods in the field during the thunder is incredible. Cinematography holds your admiration and attention. Can't beat Sam Shepherd in the first place; Beresford's name is familiar to me.... True as I read in another viewer's observation that it was slow, but when your focus is the craft, slow is a luxury. Beautifully understated complexities that hit home with few words. I did turn away during the graphic violence; I see men outnumber women in the enjoyment of this movie, and that's likely why. The role of the daughter was the only lackluster performance. For lovers of craft, I'd recommend this movie highly.


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