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Writers (WGA):
Ellyn Bache (novel)
Deena Goldstone (screenplay)
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Release Date:
January 1995 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Life's best journeys take you home
Plot:
A mother with seven sons feels like she's losing control of her life and her family. But personal pain... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Susan Sarandon ... Margaret "Mag" Singer

Nick Stahl ... Simon Singer

Sam Shepard ... Patrick Singer

Marcia Gay Harden ... Cynthia

Robert Sean Leonard ... Alfred Singer

Sean Astin ... Izzy Singer
Patricia Reeves ... Mrs. Silverman

Joe Lisi ... Dog Owner

Matt Keeslar ... Percival Singer
Marvin Scott ... Newsperson #1

Bill Boggs ... Newsperson #2
Christopher Wynkoop ... Evangelist
Kathryn Kinley ... Newsperson #3
Philip Arthur Ross ... Merle Singer
Steven Robert Ross ... Darren Singer
Cindy Hom ... Newsperson #4

Jesse Lee Soffer ... Percival at 9 and 10 (as Jesse Lee)
Jordan Clarke ... Coach

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Doctor

Philip Bosco ... Mort

Jason London ... Gideon Singer

Rutanya Alda ... Beth O'Neal
Kazuya Takahashi ... TV News Cameraman
Lisa Castleman ... Female TV Reporter #1

Sally Nacker ... Female TV Reporter #2
Ralph Howard ... Male Radio Reporter

David Leary ... Voice of Marine Spokesperson (voice)

Ralph Byers ... Voice of Sinai Reporter (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew T. Gitkin ... Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Allan Ackerman 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Ellyn Bache (novel)

Deena Goldstone (screenplay)

Produced by
Betsy Beers .... executive producer
David Gale .... executive producer
Gale Anne Hurd .... producer
Diana Pokorny .... line producer
Ruth Vitale .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
 
Cinematography by
Ralf D. Bode 
 
Film Editing by
Rick Shaine 
 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
 
Production Design by
Dan Bishop 
 
Art Direction by
Jefferson Sage 
 
Set Decoration by
Dianna Freas 
 
Costume Design by
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus 
 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup department head (as Marilyn Carbone)
Michal Bigger .... makeup artist
Peggy Schierholz .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Deborah Moore .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Anthony Baldasare .... set dresser
Addison Pettit .... graphic designer
Joan Winters .... graphic designer
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist
Catherine Calleson .... sound editor
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Joel Holland .... sound recordist
Matthew Iadarola .... supervising re-recording mixer
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
Cliff Latimer .... adr supervisor
Jeffrey R. Payne .... foley editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
 
Stunts
Kristopher Medina .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jay Fortune .... gaffer
Raymond Fortune .... electrician
Hernan Otaño .... assistant camera (as Hernan Michael Otaño)
Gerard Sava .... assistant camera
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Amy Gerber .... casting associate
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marcia Patten .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Mark Rathaus .... first assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
 
Music Department
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor
Stephen Krause .... scoring mixer
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kathleen Corgan .... location assistant
Leon Dudevoir .... production executive
Karen Eisenstadt .... production accountant
George 'Skip' Henfling .... assistant to director
Joseph E. Iberti .... location manager
Sondra Latham .... production coordinator: additional photography and second unit
Jed Mortenson .... assistant to director
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Richard Spector .... location assistant
Kathy Welch .... assistant production accountant
John D. Bair .... stand-in (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of marijuana use and limited vulgar language
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98 min
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Trivia:
Held up from release by a court injunction brought by 'Dan Lupowitz', who was seeking an executive producer credit for the film, having brought director Robert Allan Ackerman and Susan Sarandon to the project.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Neatness of the face paints on Percival.See more »
Quotes:
Izzy Singer:It's pretty tense around here huh?
Alfred Singer:She's in crisis mode.
Izzy Singer:Loud music?
Alfred Singer:Mussorgsky.
Izzy Singer:Uh-oh.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008)See more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Decent, 14 March 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Safe Passage (1994)

** (out of 4)

Wife and mother Mag Singer (Susan Sarandon) is going through a hard period in her life. She has kicked her husband (Sam Sheppard) out of the house and she planning on leaving the town with her youngest son so that she can get the first real job of her life. She raised seven sons and is starting to feel that she hasn't done enough for herself so she's hoping a change will bring around some good. The mother is constantly awaken at night due to nightmares where she thinks something has happened to one of her children.

These fears come true when one of her sons, stationed overseas, is involved in a terrorist attack on a U.S. base. It could takes days for the victim's names to be released but in the meantime the six other sons arrive home to wait for the news. Over this time the family tries to deal with the past and deal with the future if one of the brothers has in fact been killed. At the same time the father is dealing with an illness that causes him to loose his sight but to him this is a minor thing because his marriage has fallen apart.

Safe Passage is a film I've been meaning to see since it was released ten years ago. The film slipped into theaters very quickly and left just as quietly so this was my first chance to see it and I couldn't help but feel disappointed in the end result. There are many good elements in the film but the melodrama is just so darn thick that by the thirty minute mark you'll be losing patients in the characters and the film. The film plays out much like a TV movie so perhaps that's why it had a hard time in theaters.

The film's story is very simple, which means we should have gotten a straight forward drama but instead the screenplay throws in all sorts of flashbacks, which I guess are meant to show how good of a mother Sarandon is but this here really wasn't needed and is just too cute for such a serious drama. The cuteness is another problem with the film as is the comic relief of the father having blind spells. There are cute scenes popping up all over and the entire look of the family is completely wrong. They live in a dollhouse with a basement and garage and all seven sons are good looking, healthy and seem like leftovers from Leave it to Beaver. With all the goodness going all, it makes the fighting seem all the more overly dramatic.

The highlight of the film are its performances, which are all first class. Susan Sarandon has certainly proved to be one of the best actresses out there and her performance here comes off very natural and realistic. The screenplay makes her out as a nut, which I think is another problem, but during the tender moments Sarandon really shines. Sam Sheppard steals the film as the father who is trying to come to terms with his wife as well as worrying over his sons. The stuff dealing with the blindness is poorly written so I'm not sure if it was meant as comic relief or if the film was taking the illness seriously. Of all the sons, Sean Astin comes off doing the best work but Nick Stahl, Robert Sean Leonard and Jason London also do nice work. Marcia Gay Harden also does a terrific job as a single mother dating the oldest son.

The movie features some very good moments including the scene were Sarandon and Harden exchange shots of tequila but overall the overbearing melodrama really kills things. This is a very frustrating movie that throws all sorts of problems at the viewer yet these lifelong problems are taken care of within minutes and the fighting stops until the next issue pops up. Then, forty years of problems are all forgotten in the last five minutes of the movie, which means we've sat through this film for no reason. Outside the performances, there's really very little to recommend with Safe Passage.

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