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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.

Director:

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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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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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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Runtime:

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

Philip Brogan: Oh my goodness, oh my soul! There goes Alice down the hole!
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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 »

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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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Excellent Movie About Suicide!
2 March 2007 | by KakesieSee all my reviews

I was at a low point in my life when I saw this movie on TV. I had been having many suicidal thoughts and was in therapy for Depression. This movie convinced me NEVER to attempt suicide! Many scenes in this movie have stayed vividly in my mind. Although it's a sad movie, it also contains hope, especially for families who have been affected by someone's suicide. For me, seeing this movie might have been one of the MOST important influences that has resulted in me being alive today! When I talk to suicidal people, I tell them how much this movie impressed me and kept me from attempting suicide. If you have a family member or friend who is depressed or has talked of suicide, please watch this movie with him/her. Although it may make evoke some painful feelings in the person, it will also give them many insights on why suicide is not the answer. I recommend being with the depressed person when they watch it, and also staying with them afterwards to talk about the many feelings it brings up. Therapists - This is an excellent movie - try to obtain it and watch it! I have gone on in my life to major in Psychology and this movie very accurately portrays the many emotions...both in suicidal people and in their families. I hope this movie may prevent someone else from committing suicide. Bless you. Karen


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