Unhook the Stars

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Unhook the Stars
Unhook the stars.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Produced by René Cleitman,Panos Nicolaou co-producer
Written by Helen Caldwell
Nick Cassavetes
Starring Gena Rowlands
Marisa Tomei
Gérard Depardieu
Music by Steven Hufsteter
Cinematography Phedon Papamichael Jr.
Edited by Petra von Oelffen
Distributed by Miramax
Release dates
  • September 4, 1996 (1996-09-04)
Running time
103 min.
Country France
United States
Language English

Unhook the Stars is a 1996 drama film starring Gena Rowlands, Marisa Tomei, and Gérard Depardieu. The movie was directed by Nick Cassavetes, son of Gena Rowlands. Rowlands and Tomei both received SAG Award nominations for their performances. Filmed in the Sugarhouse neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rowlands plays Mildred, an older woman whose troubled twentysomething daughter, Annie (Moira Kelly), has just left home. Shortly after Annie leaves, Mildred befriends Monica (Tomei), a single mother from across the street, and Mildred eventually finds herself babysitter of Monica's young son, J.J. (Lloyd). Throughout the film, Monica and J.J. inadvertently teach Mildred valuable life lessons about herself and her relationships with others.

The film's title refers to a song of the same name by Cyndi Lauper, which can be heard over the closing credits.


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