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Surrender, Dorothy (2006)

When her daughter Sara (Davalos) unexpectedly passes away, Natalie (Keaton) retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.

Director:

Charles McDougall

Writers:

Meg Wolitzer (novel), Matthew McDuffie (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Natalie Swerdlow
Tom Everett Scott ... Adam
Alexa Davalos ... Sara
Lauren German ... Maddy
Josh Hopkins ... Peter
Chris Pine ... Shawn
Peter Riegert ... Mel
Marnie Crossen Marnie Crossen ... Mrs. Moyles
Myra McWethy ... Bearded Lady
Roy Werner ... Harvey
Liam Lynch Liam Lynch ... Sara's Lover
Ron Christopher Jones ... Gay Bar Patron (as RC Jones)
Emil Lin ... Gay Bar Friend
Leonard Stone ... Neighbor
Michael Hagiwara ... Sushi Chef
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Storyline

After Sara Swerdlow's death in a nightly car accident, her excessively self-righteous mother Natalie shamelessly invites herself to move into her room at the remote summer house where her friends are on holiday as often before. Gay playwright Adam fails to evict her because of happily married Peter's cavalier hospitality. Soon everyone suffers facing Sara's, and their own past and present, as Nathalie only thought she really knew her 'all-confiding' daughter, which shifts several reports. Written by KGF Vissers

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The hardest part is letting go.

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aika luopua See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) |

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the group of friends is sitting on the roof, Adam nervously grabs a Marlboro Light cigarette and tries to light it. In the next shot, the cigarette he is holding has a brown filter. Marlboro Lights have a white filter. See more »

Goofs

The baby's hair length changes as Keaton's character cuddles it in the kitchen, 2/3 of the way through the movie. See more »

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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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I enjoyed it.
8 January 2006 | by brelsaSee all my reviews

The movie held my interest, mainly because Dianne Keaton is my favorite actress. I disagree with some of the other posts on the grounds that the plot was not convoluted. I had no trouble following it (maybe some people had too much eggnog the night before). The movie was very sad and touching as well. What more do you want? Alexa Davalos is a fine new talent (beautiful too), and Tom Everett Scott does an excellent job with his part as well. The relationship of the mother and daughter may have been a bit unrealistic, but the behavior of the young people in the movie was not. It was tragically sad but enlightening. It sure beat the other shows that were on TV New Years Day evening


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