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Permanent Record (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 22 April 1988 (USA)
A man who seemingly has it all together, being smart, talented, funny, and popular, is secretly overwhelmed by expectations of himself and those of his parents, and suffers what is assumed to be a horrible accident.

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Marisa Silver
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Gidley ... Kim
Alan Boyce ... David Sinclair
Michael Elgart Michael Elgart ... Jake
Jennifer Rubin ... Lauren
Michelle Meyrink ... M.G.
Keanu Reeves ... Chris Townsend
Phil Diskin Phil Diskin ... Security Guard
Lou Reed ... Self
Garrett Lambert Garrett Lambert ... Producer
Richard Bradford ... Leo Verdell
Carolyn Tomei Carolyn Tomei ... Chemistry Teacher
Ron Eckert ... Sailors Audition (as Ronald John Eckert)
Robert Hooven Robert Hooven ... Sailors Audition
Nick Kosovich Nick Kosovich ... Sailors Audition (as Nicholas Kosovich)
Sean Patrick McNerney Sean Patrick McNerney ... Sailors Audition
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Storyline

When David Sinclair, a popular and talented high school student commits suicide, his best friend Chris takes over many of his responsibilities; from the school production of "H.M.S. Pinafore", to caring for his family, and soon finds himself under the same pressures. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Everyone Thought David Had It All... Until The Day David Ended It All. See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Shot at Portland, Oregon's Benson Tech High School's auditorium, and on Portland's Hawthorne Bridge. See more »

Quotes

Chemistry teacher: Did you do that on purpose?
Chris: You think I'm trying to blind myself on purpose? No, I'm not.
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Connections

Referenced in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »

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Something Happened
Written & Performed by Lou Reed
Produced by Lou Reed & Arthur Baker
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No movie has ever quite affected me like this one.
3 August 2001 | by Shaf-2See all my reviews

Permanent Record is one of those rare movies that doesn't feel like a movie; it feels like it could have been lifted straight out of your past. While most high school movies center upon the superficialities of High School life, Permanent Record goes right for the guts of it, knowing that there are no easy answers, no simple solutions.

As such, it represents not a single stitch of calculated drama, and doesn't even really have much of a plot, substituting that instead for a series of seemingly disconnected events that don't lead anywhere definite, but still manage to give off the distinct impression that none of the characters' lives will ever be the same as they were when the movie begins.

This isn't a movie you will watch if you want to be entertained. But it is a movie that, if you are prone to such behavior, you will be thinking about even years after having seen it. To that end, it is virtually unsurpassed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Song See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,893,139

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,893,139
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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