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Men Don't Leave (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 23 February 1990 (USA)
A mother of two sons finds life considerably difficult on her own after the death of her beloved husband. Due to debt she must move them to Baltimore, and deal with the hardships and all ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Brickman

Writers:

Barbara Benedek (screen story), Barbara Benedek (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Beth Macauley
Arliss Howard ... Charles Simon
Joan Cusack ... Jody
Chris O'Donnell ... Chris Macauley
Kathy Bates ... Lisa Coleman
Tom Mason ... John Macauley
Charlie Korsmo ... Matt Macauley
Belita Moreno ... Mrs. Buckley
Jim Haynie ... Mr. Buckley
Corey Carrier ... Winston Buckley
Shannon Moffett Shannon Moffett ... Dale Buckley
Kevin Corrigan ... Mike
David Cale ... Fred
Constance Shulman ... Carly
Mark Hardwick Mark Hardwick ... Ian
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Storyline

A mother of two sons finds life considerably difficult on her own after the death of her beloved husband. Due to debt she must move them to Baltimore, and deal with the hardships and all that comes with the city life. Written by MasoK <grok@tri-lakes.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This can be seen as an 80s backlash movie; the emotional opposite of the feminist 70s movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. See more »

Quotes

Jody: Here's what I thought. We finish dinner and then we have desert, 'kay?
Chris Macauley: Alright.
Jody: And then after that, I take you for a drive, show you around the city.
Chris Macauley: Sure.
Jody: And after that, we come back here. And then, if we still like each other, we make love.
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Connections

References Flashdance (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

CAFE POLKA
Written by Michael Edwards and Frankie Yankovic (as Frank Yankovic)
Produced by Thomas Newman
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My favorite movie
14 September 2014 | by ehughes411See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the theater and fell in love with it on the spot. It is authentic and honest and heartfelt. It is one of the best movies about the grief journey I have seen. It manages to give background and flavor to each of the characters who spend time on the screen, a feat which is unusual in film. Kathy Bates performance is skillful, helping the audience understand an unsympathetic character. Jessica Lange, Arliss Howard and the child actors are understated. A lovely, heartfelt package. The movies' score and cinematography add to every shot and scene. To this day, I still hum some of the score and when I hear "Bella Notte", I remember Arliss Howard's serenade to Beth through the apartment door. See this film. See it and love it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Men Don't Leave See more »

Filming Locations:

Plainfield, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,419, 4 February 1990

Gross USA:

$6,070,725

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,070,725
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Geffen Company See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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