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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 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 ... 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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This movie tells the story of two families. It deals with the tragic reality of teenage suicide. It shows how parents confront their guilt and pain. Pick up the pieces and go on with their lives. How faced with the unthinkable, a family survives. See more »

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Drama

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A TV movie for the ABC network. See more »

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

The Heart of Rock 'n' Roll
Written by Huey Lewis (uncredited) and Johnny Colla (uncredited)
Performed by Huey Lewis & The News
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family drama at its finest
14 January 2001 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

It's hard to describe much about the film without giving away key scenes, so I'll be brief and concentrate on other aspects. A suicidal teen (Ringwald) returns home after a botched attempt and falls in love with a neighbor boy (Galligan) whom she's known forever. She's having trouble readjusting while he discovers some unsettling things about his family and deals with pressure from his father concerning school. It seems all they have is each other and no one understands them except them, of course. Then after the expected scene of them caught in bed together, they are forbidden to visit again. This sends them reeling even more and leads to a harsh decision. The ads (when it's run on tv) or other plot synopsis might give away what they do, but I'll keep it hush here. Only other thing I can add is that the outcome to their action sends the film into a gripping emotional state for the rest of its duration. One of the most powerful scenes I've ever watched occurs on the front lawn with Mason, Sorvino and the two kids. If it doesn't grab ya and get the tears goin' (yes, it got me) then I don't know what would. The acting is just haunting, particularly Sorvino. Unfortunately after that, the film sags a bit, running out of juicy plot threads (except for one) and limps to its conclusion. Moments that follow divert between heart-wrenching to soap opera-ish and are slightly over acted. The highest mark for the film goes for the cast. A ton of well-known faces are featured, beginning with Galligan ("Gremlins"), everyone knows Molly ("Breakfast Club", "Sixteen Candles"), Burstyn ("The Exorcist"), Mason (most recently Frasier's dad's girlfriend on "Frasier"), Sorvino ("Goodfellas"), Phoenix ("Stand by Me"), O' Roarke (little girl from "Poltergeist"), and even the music is by James Horner ("Titanic"). He supplies a subtle clinking of a couple piano keys that's perfect. The few intolerable things: Galligan a bit hammy at times, plus he runs kinda girlish. And why is O'Roarke's voice dubbed? Even for a kid she had a long resume at that point, why dub her? And again, the ending drags a bit, which isn't helped by its lengthy running time. It's about 2 and half hours long, but was first aired over two nights years ago. The other night on Lifetime, they showed it one 3 hour block, so it could wear on you. That's if you can find out when it's on, it being a tv movie, you never know when it could pop up. But you'll be treated to great storytelling and a nice cast. I've always wondered how they got Ringwald to appear right in the middle of her stardom. The answer could be that Hunt Lowry, who produced some of her John Hughes films, produced here. The best of luck bumping into this on tv somewhere or maybe in the video store. Ranks behind "Firstborn" and "Shoot the Moon" as best family drama.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1985 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

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1.33 : 1
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