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Men Don't Leave (1990)

PG-13 | | 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 »

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Paul Brickman

Writers:

Barbara Benedek (screen story), Barbara Benedek (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Verrückte Zeiten See more »

Filming Locations:

Plainfield, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,070,725
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Geffen Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Chris O'Donnell. 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

Featured in At the Movies: Breakthrough Stars of 1991 (1991) See more »

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BELLA NOTTE
Written by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke
By Arrangement with Walt Disney Music Company
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Quirky comedy, tear-jerking drama: one odd package
13 June 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Widow with two growing sons must become her family's breadwinner, keeping everyone's spirits up while dating again for the first time in many years. It doesn't surprise me that people have to see this picture twice or more to get into the movie's grooves. The handling is very focused, the writing gets us from A to Z smoothly enough, but the tone of "Men Don't Leave" is quirky, to say the least. Sometimes I wasn't sure whether to laugh or not. At times it seems to go overboard, other times it hits a perfect note yet doesn't follow through. Still, the overall effect of this movie is genuinely pleasurable. It's not a big, chancy movie with issues, it's quiet and small and heartfelt. There are little scenes of emotion that well up into big hurts (and disappointments like the lottery family that just KILL us), and all the acting is so wonderful, particularly Jessica Lange (a shaky tower of strength). I loved it when the German woman gets Jessica to dance, or when she gets a nosebleed while kissing Arliss Howard for the first time, or throwing all her muffins out the window while feigning basketball moves. And what about Kathy Bates as the boss from Hell? It's an erratic film (with a puzzling title), yet I admired it greatly, and it has stuck with me over all these years. ***1/2 from ****


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