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Weighed down by her late husband's debts, widow Beth Macauley (Jessica Lange) is compelled to sell her home and move to a less costly locale. She relocates in Baltimore with her resentful sons Chris (Chris O'Donnell) and Matt (Charlie Korsmo) and takes a job at a ramshackle gourmet food store managed by Lisa Coleman (Kathy Bates). Men Don't Leave offers in Beth an extremely vulnerable, easily discouraged person who can't seem to get a grip on her reduced circumstances. Even so, she and her sons eventually pull themselves together, despite many side trips with Wrong Lovers and False Friends. Some of the film's best moments involve Joan Cusack, playing a mixed-up nurse with whom Chris falls in love. Representing the comeback of director Paul Brickman after a seven-year gap, Men Don't Leave is a slightly more upbeat American version of the French film Paul Brickman. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 2, 1990

Cast

Jessica Lange
as Beth Macauley
Chris O'Donnell
as Chris Macauley
Arliss Howard
as Charles Simon
Kathy Bates
as Lisa Coleman
Joan Cusack
as Jody
Charlie Korsmo
as Matt Macauley
Corey Carrier
as Winston Buckley
Jim Haynie
as Mr. Buckley
Belita Moreno
as Mrs. Buckley
Shannon Moffett
as Dale Buckley
Lora Zane
as Nina Simon
Ricardo de Angelis
as Tailor
Stacey Guastaferro
as Julia
Tom Mason
as John Macauley
Kevin Corrigan
as Mike
David Cale
as Fred
Constance Shulman
as Carly
Mark Hardwick
as Ian
Rick Rubin
as Craig
Tom Towles
as Evan Taylor
Richard Wharton
as Nick
Rosemary Knower
as Nurse
Jane Morris
as Laura
Annabel Armour
as Susan
Deanna Dunagan
as Fay
Tom Irwin
as Gary
Richard Burton Brown
as Sam Burrows
Mary Seibel
as Real Estate Agent
William de Acutis
as Mark
Ann McDonough
as Female Customer
Zaid Farid
as Store Clerk
Wanda Christine
as School Teacher
Peter Miller
as Chris' friend
Gerry Becker
as Uncle Hugh
Dick Sasso
as Lottery Winner
Chuck McLennan
as Lottery Announcer
Alan J. Wendl
as Typewriter
Eddie Korosa
as Polka Band Leader
William de Acutis
as Mark
Rosemary Knower
as Nurse
Zaid Farid
as Store Clerk
Constance Shulman
as Carly
David Cale
as Fred
Kevin Corrigan
as Mike
Ricardo de Angelis
as Tailor
Dick Sasso
as Lottery Winner
Gerry Becker
as Uncle Hugh
Tom Irwin
as Gary
Tom Mason
as John Macauley
Deanna Dunagan
as Fay
Stacey Guastaferro
as Julia
Richard Wharton
as Nick
Alan J. Wendl
as Typewriter
Chuck McLennan
as Lottery Announcer
Mary Seibel
as Real Estate Agent
Ann McDonough
as Female Customer
Mark Hardwick
as Ian
Annabel Armour
as Susan
Rick Rubin
as Craig
Richard Burton Brown
as Sam Burrows
Tom Towles
as Evan Taylor
Wanda Christine
as School Teacher
Jane Morris
as Laura
Peter Miller
as Chris' friend

Crew

Paul Brickman
Director
Paul Brickman
Producer
Jon Avnet
Producer
Barbara Benedek
Screenwriter
Paul Brickman
Screenwriter
Bruce Surtees
Cinematographer
Sonny Burke
Featured Music
Ned Washington
Featured Music
Eddie Cantor
Featured Music
Murray Mencher
Songwriter
Peggy Lee
Songwriter
Dimitri Tiomkin
Featured Music
Curt Frisk
Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Chew
Editor
Lynn M. Morgan
Production Designer
Dodie Foster
Production Designer
Barbara Ling
Production Designer
Bill Arnold
Set Designer
Cricket Rowland
Set Designer
Karen O'Hara
Set Designer
Grania Preston
Costume Designer
Rick LeFevour
Stunts
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