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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.

Director:

John David Coles

Writer:

Mark Malone
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Cast

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
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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.

Genres:

Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$95,836
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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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 »

Quotes

Joey Monahan: Why does everyone keep punching me in the face?
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Destino 'Fado Menor'
Words by Domingo G. Costa
Courtesy of Monitor Records
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small wonders
3 January 2011 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

This unassuming sleeper is being sold as an inspirational 'feel good' movie because of a minor miracle tacked awkwardly onto the final scenes, but the film is more about those moments of transition in our lives when anything can happen, tracing 24 fateful hours in the life (and death) of an old New England shipyard facing imminent closure. It's the sort of small town, ensemble character drama where the writing and acting are more than usually critical, and (fortunately) this one has both: an original, unpredictable script and a strong cast led by veteran Arthur Kennedy, still a tough bird at age 75. Under John David Coles' direction the film is delicate but never fragile, sensitive but never sentimental, and whimsical without ever losing its grip on reality. Because it doesn't call much attention to itself some word of mouth would clearly have helped the film reach an audience but, considering the throwaway release it received, viewers today will have a difficult time tracking it down


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