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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 filming camera shows shots as Rick saw them through his own camera, when he was shooting his father and his father's mistress arguing by her car. The freeze-frame of the father putting his hand on the mistress's face is his hand and her cheek that are closer to Rick. When Rick is developing the prints, the father's hand is on the other side of the woman's face. Even if the print were reversed, the hand would be on the side of the face closer to the camera. 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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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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Excellant movie
4 April 1999 | by eric-144See 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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