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Unhook the Stars (1996)

Character study about Mildred, an elderly woman who has spent her life caring for others. When her daughter finally leaves home, she finds that, for the first time in her life, she has ... See full summary »

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Mildred
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Big Tommy (as Gerard Depardieu)
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J.J.
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Ethan
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Jeannie (as Bridgette Wilson)
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Bernt
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Gus
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George (as Dave Rowlands)
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Jason (as James Bozian)
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Miss Mannis
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Danny (as Vinny Curto)
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Character study about Mildred, an elderly woman who has spent her life caring for others. When her daughter finally leaves home, she finds that, for the first time in her life, she has nobody to worry about - but soon becomes involved in the life of Monica, a young mother whose husband has left her to look after her young son J.J.. As the relationship blossoms, Monica teaches Mildred that there is more to life than taking care of others. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csillagot az égről  »

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$33,258 (USA) (3 November 1996)

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$234,843 (USA) (23 February 1997)
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Gena Rowlands' brother and director Nick Cassavetes' uncle, David Rowlands, makes an appearance as Millie's neighbor George. See more »

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[first lines]
Mildred: [delivering morning newspapers] For the last time... Really the last time...
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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Step By Step
Written by Alan Mirikitani and Dennis Walker
Performed by Buddah Heads
Courtesy of Edeya Records, Ltd.
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Golden Gena & Magnificent Marisa; a gem
23 April 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

UNHOOK THE STARS (1996) ***1/2 Gena Rowlands, Marisa Tomei, Gerard Depardeau, Jake Lloyd, Moira Kelly, David Sherrill, Bridgitte Wilson, David Thornton, Clint Howard. Excellent acting by Rowlands and Tomei as a widower and a troubled neighbor, respectively, who become friends after the latter asks the former to babysit her quiet, yet bright boy (Lloyd in a remarkable debut that eschews cuteness for real depth, no easy task for a five year old; Lloyd later was cast as the young Darth Vader in the Star Wars prequel!). Emotionally satisfying thanks to an even-handed directorial debut by Rowlands' son Nick Cassavettes(the late auteur John's prodigy), who co-wrote the well-written scrip with Helen Cladwell. Guaranteed to have you laughing and crying; dare you not to get a lump in your throat by the film's poignant ending between Lloyd and Rowlands. Nice job by all around! ** Personal note: I relate this film to my own upbringing between my mother and grandmother.


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