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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.

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Lee Grant

Writer:

Monte Merrick
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Cast

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 Michael Burgess ... Workman
Leon Joseph Pinner Leon Joseph Pinner ... Newsman
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Jake McDermott, after 25 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boy's Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbia, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$4,348,025
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Duncan McDermott: The sexual demands of this job are too much.
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Big Love in a Small Town
Performed by Levon Helm
Written by Stan Szelest, Levon Helm, Paul Branin, Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante (as Randall Ciarlante), Frank Campbell and James Fullin
Published by Mr. Big Music Inc. (BMI) and Damheel Music (BMI)
Produced by Levon Helm
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Touching Family Drama
2 July 2015 | by adamshlSee all my reviews

Writer Monte Merrick had his work cut out for him here: crafting an intimate, average American family drama that takes place in a small town. Opportunities for high drama seem limited from the start. Unless one creates a "Peyton Place" or "King's Row" type situation full of scandal, there's really not much excitement going on in these environments.

Merrick wisely chose a "coming of age" situation with the boys, matched with parental business ambition, and worked up an engaging script. Director Lee Grant likewise fell right into the small town environment and keenly expressed the hopes, dreams and ambitions of its key residents.

The result is an often touching enactment with interesting characters and situations. True, it often rings familiar with TV sitcoms, but then there's just so much one can make of these basic ingredients.

The cast is uniformly strong, with Sean Astin, Dermot Mulroney, and Tim Quill as the boys and Stockard Channing as an ambitious local politician.

I saw this film when it first came out and I must say it made a positive impression, so memorable that I've returned to it via DVD over the years. There are not many small town, average family dramas out there, and "Staying Together" is a touching piece of work in this limited genre.


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