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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
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Emma Tate
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Ellis
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Emerson (as James Fitzpatrick)
Joel Anderson ...
Slater
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Des
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David McDavid ...
Will
Gary Carter ...
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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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$12,577,385 (estimated)
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James Woods and Louis Gossett Jr. previously appeared in Diggstown (1992). See more »

Quotes

Ella Tate: We're not rich, we're not poor.
Wesley Tate: What are we, then?
Ella Tate: Somewhere in between.
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I Remember Stevie
Written by Andy Timmons
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How many ways are there to say "overacting?"
15 February 2004 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Before seeing this movie, I would've said that I loved everything Kathy Bates has done. Now it's everything-minus-one. James Woods is pathetic...not his character, his acting. Someone should've told him that "poor" is not synonymous with dirty, nor ignorant, nor cliche. Ditto for Randy Quaid's stereotyping. The only redeeming feature is Henry Thomas, who isn't a strong enough actor to carry this sodden mess. If you enjoy the country, you'll enjoy the scenery. That's the best I can give it.

I'm a serious fan of both independent and quirky films, but this is simply terrible.


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