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Unhook the Stars (1996)

Character study about Mildred, an elderly woman who has spent her life caring for others. When her daughter finally leaves home, she finds that, for the first time in her life, she has ... See full summary »

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Nick Cassavetes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gena Rowlands ... Mildred
Marisa Tomei ... Monica
Gérard Depardieu ... Big Tommy (as Gerard Depardieu)
Jake Lloyd ... J.J.
Moira Kelly ... Ann Mary Margaret
David Sherrill ... Ethan
David Thornton ... Frankie
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Jeannie (as Bridgette Wilson)
Bobby Cooper ... Bernt
Clint Howard ... Gus
David Rowlands David Rowlands ... George (as Dave Rowlands)
Jamie Bozian ... Jason (as James Bozian)
Christy Lenk Christy Lenk ... Miss Mannis
Brittney Lewis Brittney Lewis ... Hospital Receptionist
Vinnie Curto Vinnie Curto ... Danny (as Vinny Curto)
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Storyline

Character study about Mildred, an elderly woman who has spent her life caring for others. When her daughter finally leaves home, she finds that, for the first time in her life, she has nobody to worry about - but soon becomes involved in the life of Monica, a young mother whose husband has left her to look after her young son J.J.. As the relationship blossoms, Monica teaches Mildred that there is more to life than taking care of others. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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When prim & proper meets wild & crazy get ready to ...

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csillagot az égről See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,258, 3 November 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$234,843, 23 February 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jake Lloyd won the role as J.J. over 1400 other kids. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mildred: [delivering morning newspapers] For the last time... Really the last time...
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References The Stepford Wives (1975) See more »

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Raining in Baltimore
Written by Adam Duritz, Matt Malley, Charles Gillingham
Performed by Counting Crows
Courtesy of DGC Records
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Golden Gena & Magnificent Marisa; a gem
23 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

UNHOOK THE STARS (1996) ***1/2 Gena Rowlands, Marisa Tomei, Gerard Depardeau, Jake Lloyd, Moira Kelly, David Sherrill, Bridgitte Wilson, David Thornton, Clint Howard. Excellent acting by Rowlands and Tomei as a widower and a troubled neighbor, respectively, who become friends after the latter asks the former to babysit her quiet, yet bright boy (Lloyd in a remarkable debut that eschews cuteness for real depth, no easy task for a five year old; Lloyd later was cast as the young Darth Vader in the Star Wars prequel!). Emotionally satisfying thanks to an even-handed directorial debut by Rowlands' son Nick Cassavettes(the late auteur John's prodigy), who co-wrote the well-written scrip with Helen Cladwell. Guaranteed to have you laughing and crying; dare you not to get a lump in your throat by the film's poignant ending between Lloyd and Rowlands. Nice job by all around! ** Personal note: I relate this film to my own upbringing between my mother and grandmother.


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