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Signs of Life (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 May 1991 (Japan)
A touching story of life in rural Maine, and the changes brought about by the closing of a town's small boat-building company -- on which many of the residents depended upon for a living.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... John Alder
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Daryl Monahan (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
Arthur Kennedy ... Owen Coughlin
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Eddie Johnson
Will Patton ... Owen's Father
Kate Reid ... Mrs. Wrangway
Georgia Engel ... Betty
Kathy Bates ... Mary Beth Alder
Mary-Louise Parker ... Charlotte (as Mary Louise Parker)
Michael Lewis Michael Lewis ... Joey Monahan
Martin Shakar ... Mr. Castanho
Matthew Cowles ... Gasoline Attendant
Don Saunders Don Saunders ... Radio Announcer
Keith Reddin Keith Reddin ... Dr. Pound
Brad Sullivan ... Lobsterman


A touching story of life in rural Maine, and the changes brought about by the closing of a town's small boat-building company -- on which many of the residents depended upon for a living.

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Every day is full of magic.




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Release Date:

25 May 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy See more »

Filming Locations:

Ellsworth, Maine, USA See more »


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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Arthur Kennedy had been retired and living in Savannah, Georgia. During a dinner with his daughter and her agent, he asked if there was anything out there for him and the result was his role in this film. See more »


Owen Coughlin: There's someone that's following me around.
Mrs. Wrangway: Who?
Owen Coughlin: I don't know. I don't know. I'm not sure he's even really there.
Mrs. Wrangway: Oh, don't be silly. You're fine. You're just fine.
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Destino 'Fado Menor'
Words by Domingo G. Costa
Courtesy of Monitor Records
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Just one of those movies
31 December 2005 | by repokat-1See all my reviews

I saw this movie on PBS the first time. Then I bought the video and watched it countless times. Every time I watch it, I can get something else out of it. It's a real testament to wanting to hold onto a life that was good, but now the world is changing. But you don't have to be older to hold onto the past, even the young characters, like Charlotte don't want things to change. The overall tone and mood is excellent. The cast is outstanding with all-stars like Kathy Bates, Beau Bridges and Arthur Kennedy. And its fun to see the upcoming stars before they hit more recognizable feature films, like Kevin J. O'Connor (The Mummy) and Vincent D'Onofrio (Men in Black and Law & Order: Criminal Intent-one of my favorite shows). Its just one of those movies that stays with you.

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