Curse of the Starving Class (1994)





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This drama, based on Sam Shepard's award-winning 1977 play, critically examines the destructive effects of the American dream on a poor farming family. Weston is the father. An alcoholic Vietnam vet with an irresponsible streak, he has grand plans for the family's run-down farm, which sits on the brink of foreclosure. Ella is the mother. Though strong willed and determined to keep the farm going and her family fed, she is unhappy with her life. She dreams of going to Paris and devises a plot to … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Bruce Beresford
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On DVD: May 16, 1995


as Weston Tate

as Ella Tate

as Wesley Tate

as Taylor

as Taylor's Assistant

as Policeman

as Weston's Buddy No. 1

as Weston's Buddy No. 2

as Ellis' Buddy

as Alibi Witness No. 1

as Alibi Witness No. 2

as Town Gossip

as Hotel Waitress

as Vietnamese Woman
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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A cast of eccentric charcater actors (James Woods, Kathy Bates) brings class but no emotional resonance to Sam Shepard's 1977 play, an ironic dissection of the American Dream as it affects and destroys a white farming family.

Full Review… | April 26, 2007

Audience Reviews for Curse of the Starving Class

Literally one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The film brought together what seems like it would be an interesting cast, but they don't work well together. The overacting is painful to watch and it's poorly made. It's really just a depressing movie in general. (First and only viewing - In my mid-twenties)

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