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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

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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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 »

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The Heart of Rock 'n' Roll
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a great but depressing film
2 March 2002 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Everyone in this film gives awesome performances. Ellen Burstyn, Len Cariou, Paul Sorvino and Marsha Mason are all great as the parents who have to face the ultimate tragedy. People have often said Molly Ringwald is a terrible actress, but she gives a fine performance here and it really touched my heart. It made me so angry that these two stupid kids could have been so selfish. Every week in the United States over one thousand kids take their own lives. This is a long film but you are riveted every minute. There is one tragic footnote I wanted to add, the two young actors that played the siblings of the boy in the film who killed himself both met tragic ends in real life. Heather O'Rourke died in 1988 when she was only twelve of stomach cancer and River Phoenix died in 1993 of a drug overdose.


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