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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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Weston Tate
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Ella Tate
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Taylor
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Wesley Tate
Kristin Fiorella ...
Emma Tate
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Ellis
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Emerson (as James Fitzpatrick)
Joel Anderson ...
Slater
Lauren Abels ...
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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Storyline

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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Nocturnal Lounge
Written by Jesse Dayton Warren
Performed by The Roadkings
Courtesy of Bullet Records
Published by Justice Artists Music Corp. and administered by Music
Corp. of America, Inc./BMI
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How can you go wrong with Sam S.?
10 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm blown away by this piece. I read the play, saw the play...and this movie is spectacular! I'm usually not a big "Downer-Movie," supporter...I like happy endings, but, with that being said...

I felt that the story, the actors, the setting, the cinematography, everything about the movie was amazing.

I grew-up in central Texas and this movie depicted a lot of what I saw in the state.

And it looks like Barak Hussein Obama's driving us right back into the ground again.

I give this movie a 10 out of 10. The acting was the best I've seen in years.


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