Men Don't Leave

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Men Don't Leave
Men Don't Leave (film poster).jpg
Directed by Paul Brickman
Produced by Jon Avnet
Written by Barbara Benedek
Paul Brickman
Starring Jessica Lange
Chris O'Donnell
Joan Cusack
Kathy Bates
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Edited by Richard Chew
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates February 2, 1990
Running time 115 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $7 million
Box office $6,070,725

Men Don't Leave is a 1990 comedy-drama film that stars Jessica Lange as a housewife who, after the death of her husband, moves with her two sons to Baltimore. Chris O'Donnell, Joan Cusack, 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".

Plot summary[edit]

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 turns angry and aggressive while 9-year-old Matt 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.

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 Radiologic Technologist 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. She 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[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews.[1][2][3][4]

Box office[edit]

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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