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Lemon Sky (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 February 1988 (USA)
An out of high school teen from the midwest moves to San Diego, California in the 1950s to live with his estranged father and new family. Escaping his past may not be as easy as he had hoped...or is it all a dream?

Director:

Jan Egleson

Writers:

Lanford Wilson (play), Lanford Wilson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kevin Bacon ... Alan
Tom Atkins ... Douglas
Lindsay Crouse ... Ronnie
Kyra Sedgwick ... Carol
Welker White ... Penny (as Laura White)
Casey Affleck ... Jerry
Peter MacEwan Peter MacEwan ... Jack
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An out of high school teen from the midwest moves to San Diego, California in the 1950s to live with his estranged father and new family. Escaping his past may not be as easy as he had hoped...or is it all a dream?

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, drug and sexual content
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lanford Wilson's Lemon Sky See more »

Company Credits

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American Playhouse, WGBH See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kevin Bacon appears in this film with his future wife Kyra Sedgwick. The two also appeared in Pyrates (1991), Murder in the First (1995), The Woodsman (2004), Cavedweller (2004), and Loverboy (2005). See more »

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Edited into American Playhouse: Lemon Sky (1988) See more »

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a jaundiced view of family life
4 April 2008 | by deng43See all my reviews

to start, this is one terrific film. i have always held that the 'happy childhood' is a shuck sold by hypocrites and blind midgets to folk afraid to disagree with their betters.

i recognize this family absolutely, and i am betting many others will as well, because the people in it are not all that unusual or rare. i was a bit put off by the netflix description: "a troubled young man trying to come to terms with his abusive hardscrabble upbringing." what a load of bunk; i truly think this comes damn close to how many of us were raised, and it wasn't hardscrabble - it was middle class.

the viewpoint shifts in and out as the audience gets talked to directly some of the time, but i didn't find there to be any confusion. it is masterfully presented, smooth as the proverbial baby's butt. all the actors realize their roles with aplomb. they are the parts they play.

get it and see it. you may not like it at all, but give it a chance. there is a lot of pain in the truth here. don e.


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