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Director  Paul Brickman
Music director  Thomas Newman
Country  United States
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Producer  Jon Avnet
Language  English
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Writer  Barbara Benedek, Paul Brickman
Release date  February 2, 1990
Cast  Jessica Lange (Beth Macauley), Arliss Howard (Charles Simon), Joan Cusack (Jody), Chris O'Donnell (Chris Macauley), Kathy Bates (Lisa Coleman), Charlie Korsmo (Matt Macauley)
Similar movies  Diner (1982), Kathy Bates and Chris ODonnell appear in Men Dont Leave and Fried Green Tomatoes, Liberty Heights (1999), LOL (2012), Mermaids (1990)

Men don t leave 1990 movie

Men Don't Leave is a 1990 American comedy-drama film starring Jessica Lange as a housewife who, after the death of her husband, moves with her two sons to Baltimore. Chris O'Donnell, Arliss Howard, Joan Cusack, Charlie Korsmo and Kathy Bates also co-star in this film. The film, directed by Paul Brickman and co-written with Barbara Benedek, is a remake of the French film La Vie Continue. The original music score was composed by Thomas Newman. Warner Brothers released the film on DVD for the first time on September 15, 2009, as part of the "Warner Archive Collection".


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Weighed down by her late contractor husband's debts in Bingham, Maryland, widowed mother Beth Macauley is compelled to sell her house and move to a less costly locale. She relocates in Baltimore with her sons Chris and Matt and takes a job at a gourmet food store managed by Lisa Coleman. 17-year-old Chris (Chris O'Donnell) turns angry and aggressive while 9-year-old Matt (Charlie Korsmo) hides his deep sense of loss under a steely exterior. Beth is drawn into a relationship with Charles Simon, a musician who builds her self-esteem. However, after losing her job, she plunges into a five-day depression during which she refuses to leave her bedroom.

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Beth is an extremely vulnerable, easily discouraged person who cannot seem to get a grip on her circumstances. Chris falls in love with Jody, an older Radiographer who lives in the same building. Matt falls under the influence of a young schoolmate who breaks into houses and steals VCRs. His dream is to get enough money to buy back their suburban house. Beth and her sons eventually pull themselves together, and realize that to abandon each other is not the answer. Beth tells her sons, "Heartbreak is life educating us," and the lessons turn out to be worth learning.

Main cast

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  • Jessica Lange as Beth Macauley
  • Arliss Howard as Charles Simon
  • Joan Cusack as Jody
  • Chris O'Donnell as Chris Macauley
  • Kathy Bates as Lisa Coleman
  • Charlie Korsmo as Matt Macauley
  • Belita Moreno as Mrs. Buckley
  • Reception

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    The film received mixed reviews. Lange's performance was praised by critics.

    Box office

    The film was unsuccessful at the box office, grossing just over $6 million in the US on a $7 million budget.


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