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Staying Together (1989)




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After winning an Academy Award for their documentary Down and Out in America (1986), actress-director Lee Grant and her producer-husband Joseph Feury filmed this comedy-drama based on an original script by playwright Monte Merrick. In a small Southern town, the McDermott family has owned and operated a popular chicken restaurant for years. Each of the three McDermott boys, Brian (Tim Quill), Kit (Dermot Mulroney), and Duncan (Sean Astin) expects to inherit part of the business from their father (Jim Haynie). While enjoying liberal amounts of skirt-chasing, marijuana-smoking, and alcohol consumption in their off hours, the McDermotts have big plans for the place, but then dad drops a bombshell -- he's sold the restaurant without consulting his family, leaving each son to struggle with his newfound, unwanted independence. In the meantime, mom (Melinda Dillon) considers reuniting with her old band. Because of the bankruptcy of its producer, Hemdale Film Corporation, Staying Together (1989) was shelved for over a year before its release.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Monte Merrick
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On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
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Jim Haynie
as Jake McDermott
Sean Astin
as Duncan
Tim Quill
as Brian
Dinah Manoff
as Lois Cook
Daphne Zuniga
as Beverly Young
Sheila Kelley
as Beth Harper
Ryan Hill
as Demetri Harper
Steve Jackson
as Contestant
Wayne Coleman
as Wedding Photographer
Frances Arndt
as Mrs. Crawford
Ed Carter
as Announcer
Jim Gandy
as Announcer
Paul Branin
as Guitarist/Vocalist
Jim Weider
as Guitarist
Randy Ciarlante
as Drummer/Vocalist
Stan Szelest
as Keyboardist/Vocalist
Bonnie Cook
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Staying Together

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

...worth a look if only for the overall vibe of authenticity and almost uniformly effective performances...

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Staying Together


Typical 80's flick. Not great. Not bad. Just very 80's...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Middling fare. Thank goodness Sean Astin rose out of this to become a hobbit. ABC Sunday night special stuff.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

While it breaks no new dramatic ground, "Staying Together" takes a look at the coming of age of late teen brothers in an average American semi-rural setting.

Danielle S

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