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Signs Of Life (1989)

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Co-produced by the folks from PBS' American Playhouse series, Signs of Life (alternate title: One For Sorrow, Two For Joy) stars veteran actor Arthur Kennedy as a cranky, set-in-his-ways Maine shipbuilder. Unable to keep apace with the 1980s, Kennedy is forced to close up shop. The film probes the various effects this decision has on Kennedy's employees. Beau Bridges has a wife (Kathy Bates) and four kids to support, with a fifth on the way. Kevin J. O'Connor would like to take a salvage-diving job in another state, but must first break off his long-standing relationship with waitress Mary Louise Parker. And Vincent D'Onofrio, who'd managed to find a job for his retarded brother Michael Lewis at Kennedy's establishment, is forced to consider having Lewis institutionalized. Though screenwriter Mark Malone isn't completely successful in avoiding the Obvious, there is much to cherish in Signs of Life. The film represented Arthur Kennedy's return before the cameras after ten years' retirement; after one additional performance in the independently produced Grandpa, Kennedy died in 1990 at the age of 76.
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Cast

Kate Reid
as Mrs. Wrangway
Will Patton
as Mr. Coughlin Sr.
Kathy Bates
as Mary Beth
Anna Besaud
as Dee Dee
Wellington Santos
as Carlos Castanho
Martin Shakar
as Mr. Castanho
Paul Cunha
as Jamie Castanho
Lázaro Pérez
as Uncle Reynaldo
Graciella Lecube
as Mrs. Castanho
Keith Reddin
as Dr. Pound
Mary Joy
as Cranberry Woman
Brad Sullivan
as Lobsterman
Manuel Januaro
as Male Castanho #2
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Critic Reviews for Signs Of Life

All Critics (3)

A fetching film about how the closing of a boatbuilding business affects the lives of four men in a small Maine town.

Full Review… | July 10, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

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"Signs of Life" is about the nature of progress and the passing of old values, but neither its smaller details nor its larger themes register with much resonance

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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