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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 »

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:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

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

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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Soundtracks

BELLA NOTTE
Written by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke
By Arrangement with Walt Disney Music Company
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a perfect movie
9 April 2001 | by lizerooSee all my reviews

This is my absolute favorite movie. The quiet story of a young widow coping with the loss of her husband and a move to the big city is tender, humorous and hopeful. Fine performances by Jessica Lange, Chris O'Donnell (in his first screen role), Kathy Bates, Arliss Howard and Joan Cusack round out this film. Casting is perfect in every sense and the emotion of the movie is carried well by a haunting score. One of my favorite scenes has Lange arriving unannounced at Howard's home. Her sadness is palpable and his gift - a trip to the Polka hall, where she loses herself in a wild dance with a waitress, while he sits in with the band - is moving. There is such a sense of hope, generosity and goodness in this movie. It is not at all maudlin, or contrived. Just a wonderful exploration of the darkness of grief and unwelcome change, and the love and support sometimes found in unexpected places. There are also great comedic moments, chiefly involving O'Donnell and Cusack. See this movie!


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