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Breaking Home Ties (1987)

Inspired by a Norman Rockwell painting, this 1950s coming of age drama centers on a young man leaving home to attend college, where he will learn the lessons in becoming a man. While his family must deal with a life threatening illness.

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John Wilder

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Lloyd
Eva Marie Saint ... Emma
Doug McKeon ... Lonnie
Erin Gray ... Carol
Claire Trevor ... Grace Porter
J. Eddie Peck ... Brad
Kristen Lux Kristen Lux ... Bonnie Jo
David Denney David Denney ... Roy
Parley Baer ... Sears
Norman Bennett
Tom Campitelli
Jerry Haynes ... Dr. Hendrickson
Jill Parker-Jones Jill Parker-Jones
Miles Mutchler Miles Mutchler
Abby Newman Abby Newman
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Inspired by a Norman Rockwell painting, this 1950s coming of age drama centers on a young man leaving home to attend college, where he will learn the lessons in becoming a man. While his family must deal with a life threatening illness.

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Leaving is never easy. Coming home can be even harder.

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Eva Marie Saint and Erin Gray both played Wilma Dearing in productions of Buck Rogers in the 21st Century, Eva Marie in the 1950s, and Erin in 1979-80s. See more »

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Family Unties
28 November 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Clean-cut 1950s teenager Doug McKeon (as Lonnie Welles) goes off to college. There, he flips burgers, learns about girls, joins the basketball team, and makes text-to-text connections between Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield. Back home, mother Eva Marie Saint (as Emma) is having a difficult time hiding her advancing Leukemia from husband Jason Robards (as Lloyd). The family watches "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" on television - but, learn real life is not quite like a Norman Rockwell magazine cover...

They are good enough to almost pull it off; but, the cast seems a little too advanced for the parts they are playing. Writer/director John Wilder bases his TV-movie one of Rockwell's nostalgic "Saturday Evening Post" cover paintings. The point is, of course, that beautiful pictures can oftentimes mask painful situations. This was from an era when people were ho-humming about how real life was not like Rockwell or "Ozzie and Harriet". Veteran Claire Trevor (as Grace Porter) is impressive, as usual, in her last acting appearance.

***** Breaking Home Ties (11/26/87) Doug McKeon, Eva Marie Saint, Jason Robards, Claire Trevor


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Country:

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English

Release Date:

26 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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