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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tina Brogan
... David Brogan
... Rick Brogan
... Lois
... Lonnie
... Harvey
... Philip Brogan
... Sarah Brogan
... Dr. Madsen
Marc Gilpin ... Bobby
... Alma
Doug Scott ... Artie (as Robert Douglas Scott)
... Mother
Jane Simoneau ... May
... Sheriff
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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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Survivng: A Family in Crisis  »

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

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Philip Brogan: Oh my goodness, oh my soul! There goes Alice down the hole!
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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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Excellant movie
4 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Excellant heartwrenching tearjerker about two teenagers in love. When they discover they cannot be together they do something that will affect their families for life. the two families must come together and help each other deal with their problems faced by what their children have done. Excellent acting, direction and a moving score. Recommended highly. Saw it a long time ago on tv. wish it was on video.


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