Staying Together (film)

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 makes a brief appearance. Channing and Manoff previously appeared together in Grease, released 11 years earlier. This is the last film directed by Lee Grant. Staying Together was released in the United States on November 10, 1989, and released in Japan on October 1, 1990.

Staying Together
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Directed byLee Grant
Produced byJoseph Feury
Milton Justice
Written byMonte Merrick
Music byMiles Goodman
CinematographyDick Bush
Edited byKatherine Wenning
Distributed byHemdale Film Corporation
Release date
  • November 10, 1989 (1989-11-10) (United States)
  • October 1, 1990 (1990-10-01) (Japan)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4,348,025[1] (U.S.)


Three brothers live at home with their parents and work at the family restaurant that has been managed by their father for the past 25 years. The brothers expect one day to take over the restaurant themselves, but one morning their father comes to the realization that he hates working there and he sells the restaurant without consulting the rest of the family. This begins to break apart the family, and one of the brothers, angry with the father's decision, leaves to find another job. The father subsequently dies from a heart attack.



Staying Together was released on November 10, 1989 and made $4,348,025 at the U.S. box office in its opening ten days. It was released on VHS in the 1990s and on DVD in 2005. In a retrospective score by review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 80% score, with a weighted average of 5.8/10, based on only 5 reviews indicating "no consensus yet".[2]



  1. ^ Staying Together at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "Staying Together (1989)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 5, 2018.

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