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Staying Together (1989)

The complacent life of three small town brothers is shattered when their father sells the family business from under them.


Lee Grant


Monte Merrick
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Duncan McDermott
Stockard Channing ... Nancy Trainer
Melinda Dillon ... Eileen McDermott
Jim Haynie ... Jake McDermott
Levon Helm ... Denny Stockton
Dinah Manoff ... Lois Cook
Dermot Mulroney ... Kit McDermott
Tim Quill ... Brian McDermott
Keith Szarabajka ... Kevin Burley
Daphne Zuniga ... Beverly Young
Sheila Kelley ... Beth Harper
Ryan Hill Ryan Hill ... Demetri Harper
Rick Marshall Rick Marshall ... Charlie
Michael Burgess ... Workman
Leon Joseph Pinner Leon Joseph Pinner ... Newsman


Jake McDermott (Jim Haynie), after twenty-five years running a fast food business, proclaims one morning that he's hated dealing with chickens the entire time and has finally sold the family restaurant. For his three sons, who counted on taking it over someday, this comes as a shock and begins to break apart their family. No longer big, carefree fish in a small pond, will the boys manage to rearrange their lives and reconcile with their parents? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


Stockard Channing and Dinah Manoff appeared in Grease (1978). See more »


Duncan McDermott: The sexual demands of this job are too much.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jamie Foxx/Ne-Yo (2012) See more »


Kit's Theme
Performed by Kevin Savigar
Written by Richard Feldman and Peter Beckett
Published by Irving Music, Inc. on behalf of itself and Long Range Music (BMI), ORCA Songs (ASCAP), Pennystamp Music (BMI)
Produced by Richard Feldman
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21 February 2003 | by kerrikpSee all my reviews

I have to admit, given I saw it close to when it was made, I cannot remember the whole film. I have flashes of Melinda Dillon's performance in my head and I absolutely refuse to say anything even remotely negative about Stockard Channing. What also sticks in my head, to this day, is a scene between the three brothers...all of them walking down the main road of the town at some ungodly hour after a good round of drinking and Sean Astin is trying to convince the other two that F*** you is actually a compliment. He has his reasons. It's worth watching. But that's my opinion.

P.S. To the previous poster...the WORST movie ever? Well I only lasted about 20 minutes into Howard the Duck, but I certainly think it has the flop odor to top almost anything else.

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Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boy's Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbia, South Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,020,777, 12 November 1989

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1.85 : 1
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