Unhook the Stars (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  14 February 1997 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mildred 'Millie' Hawks
Big Tommy Bellaveau (as Gerard Depardieu)
Jake 'J.J.' Warren
Ethan Hawks
Jeannie Hawks (as Bridgette Wilson)
David Rowlands ...
George (as Dave Rowlands)
Jason (as James Bozian)
Christy Lenk ...
Miss Mannis
Brittney Lewis ...
Hospital Receptionist
Vinnie Curto ...
Danny (as Vinny Curto)


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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When prim & proper meets wild & crazy get ready to ...


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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csillagot az égről  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$33,258 (USA) (1 November 1996)


$234,843 (USA) (21 February 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During production, Marisa Tomei did not like driving the 1981 Pontiac Trans Am, which is the car that her character drives in the film. On the last day of shooting, she accidentally backed it into a telephone pole. She later said that the accident "wasn't her fault" and that the car was "a wreck, I should never have agreed to drive it". See more »


[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 »


MacArthur Park
Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Richard Harris
Courtesy of MCA Records
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nice drama,good acting
21 December 2000 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is a story of a mature woman who gets to take care of a little boy,after her own daughter moves out.The two have a great time,and the woman even becomes friends with the boy's mother, who is completely different from her.The older woman is very proper,but caring and the boy's mother is the wilder type. Then there also is a truck-driver, who is a friend of the wild woman,and he falls in love with the older woman.By that time her life isn't what it used to be anymore!

The acting was very good,especially Marisa Tomei was great as Monica Warren,the little boy's mom! Also I very much liked Gerard Depardieu as the truck-driver,but then again, he is always funny. Jake Lloyd put on a great show too,as "JJ" Warren,and also I liked the acting of daughter Annie (Moira Kelly)!

Overall this is a nice drama/comedy!

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