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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 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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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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deeply touching tearjerker
12 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie while channel surfing the other night and since I'm a huge fan of Molly Ringwald, I decided to watch it. Well I was hooked instantly. It dealt with the very serious issue of teen suicide and how the families of the victims are affected. I found this movie absolutely fascinating and it wasn't over the top at all. Everyone in this film gave outstanding performances especially Molly and Paul Sorvino. By the last half hour of this movie I was crying hysterically and continued to for almost half an hour after it ended. It brought back so many of the feelings I had experienced in my early teens and found it very relateable. I highly reccomend this movie to anyone and can't wait until I can see it again!


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