Staying Together (film)

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Staying Together
Staying Together FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Lee Grant
Produced by Joseph Feury
Milton Justice
Written by Monte Merrick
Starring Sean Astin
Stockard Channing
Melinda Dillon
Levon Helm
Dermot Mulroney
Tim Quill
Daphne Zuniga
Music by Miles Goodman
Cinematography Dick Bush
Edited by Katherine Wenning
Distributed by Hemdale Film Corporation
Release dates November 10, 1989
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4,348,025

Staying Together is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Lee Grant and produced by Joseph Feury (Grant's husband) and Milton Justice. The film stars Sean Astin, Stockard Channing, Melinda Dillon, Levon Helm (of The Band), Dermot Mulroney, Tim Quill, and Daphne Zuniga. Grant's daughter, Dinah Manoff appears briefly making this the only film project (excluding TV Movies) to involve Grant, Feury and Manoff.

Channing and Manoff previously appeared together in Grease, released 11 years earlier.


Three brothers live at home with their parents and work at the family restaurant. The father sells the restaurant without letting the brothers know. One brother, angry with the father, leaves to find another job. The father subsequently dies from a heart attack.



  • This movie was originally to be released in 1988 but had to be shelved for more than a year because Hemdale Film Corporation was having bankruptcy problems.[citation needed]


Staying Together was released on November 10, 1989. Despite good reviews and a strong cast, The film flopped, making only $4,348,025 at the box office when other films released at that same time such as The Little Mermaid, Back to the Future Part II and Look Who's Talking became top ten box office hits for 1989. This would be Lee Grant's last film directed. It was released on VHS in the 1990s and on DVD in 2005.


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