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High school student Alan Boyce has it all: looks, charm, popularity, excellent grades, a promising future. So why does Boyce abruptly commit suicide? As the shock waves of the boy's death reverberate through the halls of his school, the other students--particularly Boyce's best friend Keanu Reeves--ask themselves if they, too, are capable of self-destruction. As for the adults, Boyce's suicide is one more of a myriad of mysteries concerning "Generation X" (though it was not yet so labelled in 1988). While the film offers no easy answers, either for the characters or the audience, Permanent Record ultimately demonstrates that there are ways to cope with the pressures of life other than taking one's own life. An added bonus: the teenagers in the film act like genuine teenagers, not like TV sitcom wisecrackers or oversexed cretins. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 22, 1988


Alan Boyce
as David Sinclair
Keanu Reeves
as Chris Townsend
Michelle Meyrink
as M.G.
Jennifer Rubin
as Lauren
Pam Gidley
as Kim
Michael Elgart
as Jake
Lou Reed
as Himself
Richard Bradford
as Leo Verdell, Principal
Dakin Matthews
as Mr. McBain, Drama Teacher
Barry Corbin
as Jim Sinclair
Kathy Baker
as Martha Sinclair
Joshua Taylor
as Nicky
Sam Vlahos
as Mr. Townsend
David Selberg
as Dr. Moss, School Superintendent
Phil Diskin
as Security Guard
Garrett Lambert
as Producer
Carolyn Tomei
as Chemistry Teacher
Paul Ganus
as Randy
Ron Jaxson
as Woody
Jan Merlin
as Minister
Garrett Lambert
as Producer
Phil Diskin
as Security Guard
Ron Jaxson
as Woody
Paul Ganus
as Randy
Carolyn Tomei
as Chemistry Teacher


Marisa Silver
Frank Mancuso, Jr.
Alice Liddle
Jarre Fees
Larry Ketron
Neil Portnow
Musical Direction/Supervision
Becky Mancuso
Musical Direction/Supervision
Joe Strummer
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Brown
Michel Levesque
Production Designer
Steve Karatzas
Art Director
Woody Crocker
Set Designer
Tracy Tynan
Costume Designer
Robert Gravenor
Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Heffron
First Assistant Director
Amanda Mackey-Johnson