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Surviving (1985)

Promising student Rick Brogan discovers that his father whom he idolizes is cheating on his mother. Heartbroken, he finds comfort in the arms of his old crush but her father opposes the relationship which pushes Rick over the edge.

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Waris Hussein

Writer:

Joyce Eliason
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Tina Brogan
Len Cariou ... David Brogan
Zach Galligan ... Rick Brogan
Marsha Mason ... Lois
Molly Ringwald ... Lonnie
Paul Sorvino ... Harvey
River Phoenix ... Philip Brogan
Heather O'Rourke ... Sarah Brogan
William Windom ... Dr. Madsen
Marc Gilpin Marc Gilpin ... Bobby
Paddi Edwards ... Alma
Doug Scott Doug Scott ... Artie (as Robert Douglas Scott)
Camila Ashland ... Mother
Jane Simoneau Jane Simoneau ... May
Joe Berryman ... Sheriff
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Storyline

Rick is a 17 year old golden boy whose father wants him to become a doctor like himself. Lonnie is a 16 year old girl, who has just come back from a hospital after an attempted suicide. Their families are close friends. Right away, Lonnie and Rick fall madly in love. Meanwhile Rick becomes aware that his father is not the man he seems to be and Rick starts acting out. Thinking Lonnie's the reason of his son's behaviour, Rick's father forbids him to see her anymore. Rick and Lonnie's relationship begins to spiral as they struggle to cope with their lives. Will their love survive? Written by A. Cifres

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It's summer, they're rich and beautiful, filled with passion, and headed for... tragedy. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Survivng: A Family in Crisis See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Telepictures Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The word sheriff is misspelled "sherriff" in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Lonnie: Hold me. Promise me that you won't let go.
Rick Brogan: I promise you I won't.
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Alternate Versions

Several video guides say that this film was originally 156 minutes in length. However, the 1993 video (released under the title TRAGEDY) is only 118 minutes long. See more »

Soundtracks

We Belong
Written by Dan Navarro (as D. Navarro) and Eric Lowen (as R. Lowen)
Performed by Pat Benatar
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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surviving
17 February 2007 | by dancas-2See all my reviews

I saw this movie 16 years ago when i was 16. I had tried to commit suicide the year before and what I saw in the movie was real, so Real I couldn't keep from crying about it over and over. I am now trying to find a copy for my two oldest teenage children to show them the desperation, depression, and aftermath of decisions made. I honestly think it should be made compulsory viewing in high schools. The acting was a little bit over the top from everyone but it was the subject matter and emotions portrayed that told the story more than anything. If anyone knows where i can get a copy of this movie i would really be appreciative. i would pay well.


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