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Far North (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 November 1988 (USA)
After generations of being apart, an accident brings a family back together and they begin to cope with their original issues.

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Sam Shepard

Writer:

Sam Shepard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Kate
Charles Durning ... Bertrum
Tess Harper ... Rita
Donald Moffat ... Uncle Dane
Ann Wedgeworth ... Amy
Patricia Arquette ... Jilly
Nina Draxten Nina Draxten ... Gramma
Tim Hanrahan Tim Hanrahan ... Boy in Front Seat (as Timothy Hanrahan)
Pearl Fuller Pearl Fuller ... Older Nurse
Mary Russell Mary Russell ... Baby Kate
Sandra Iverson Sandra Iverson ... Young Kate
Sarah Gramse Sarah Gramse ... Adolescent Kate
Paolo Rossi ... Boy in Woods
Lindsey Handel Lindsey Handel ... Young Rita
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Young Nurse (as Melissa Anderson)
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Storyline

After generations of being apart, an accident brings a family back together and they begin to cope with their original issues.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa de Kate é um Caso See more »

Filming Locations:

Duluth, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$147,234
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Anne Wedgeworth and Jessica Lange played mother and daughter in Sweet Dreams. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bertrum: [reining in horse] Mel! You behave! Mel! You're gonna get us killed! Whoa! You son of a bitch! Goddamn it!
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Soundtracks

Voices of the Loon
By William E. Barklow
Framingham State College, Framingham, MA
With thanks to the North American Loon Fund
Bird song recordings courtesy of Bill Evans and Cornell Lab of Natural Sounds
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Cockeyed family portrait...some funny scenes, but pointless
1 July 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Pregnant and unmarried city woman returns home to her family's Minnesota farm after her father has been thrown off his carriage by his dreaded-favorite horse; she reunites with her squabbling sister and niece, her dotty mother, her wily uncle (who plays the ponies), and her 99-year-old grandmother. Having recently worked on Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" (with Jessica Lange and Tess Harper, who appear here as the sisters), it's almost impossible not to believe that writer Sam Shepherd wasn't inspired by Henley's eccentric, noodling style. "Far North" sounds theatrical, like a failed play--and it looks that way too, since first-time director Shepherd hasn't any idea how to stage this menagerie. There are, on the other hand, some stray funny moments between Lange, Harper, and Patricia Arquette, and some of the cinematography is striking. The other cast members haven't much to work with (all Charles Durning does is yell after an amusing early hospital-bed scene), while the narrative moseys along, occasionally trading quirks with tics. A peculiar, scrappy little picture that just doesn't work. *1/2 from ****


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