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Permanent Record (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 22 April 1988 (USA)
When David Sinclair, a popular and talented high school student commits suicide, his best friend Chris takes over many of his responsibilities; from the school production of "H.M.S. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Gidley ... Kim
Alan Boyce ... David Sinclair
Michael Elgart Michael Elgart ... Jake
Jennifer Rubin ... Lauren
Michelle Meyrink ... M.G.
Keanu Reeves ... Chris Townsend
Phil Diskin Phil Diskin ... Security Guard
Lou Reed ... Himself
Garrett Lambert Garrett Lambert ... Producer
Richard Bradford ... Leo Verdell
Carolyn Tomei Carolyn Tomei ... Chemistry Teacher
Ron Eckert ... Sailors Audition (as Ronald John Eckert)
Robert Hooven Robert Hooven ... Sailors Audition
Nick Kosovich Nick Kosovich ... Sailors Audition (as Nicholas Kosovich)
Sean Patrick McNerney Sean Patrick McNerney ... Sailors Audition
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Storyline

When David Sinclair, a popular and talented high school student commits suicide, his best friend Chris takes over many of his responsibilities; from the school production of "H.M.S. Pinafore", to caring for his family, and soon finds himself under the same pressures. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Taglines:

Everyone Thought David Had It All... Until The Day David Ended It All. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Song See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,893,139

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,893,139
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot all around the state of Oregon. See more »

Quotes

Lauren: This is for us.
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Connections

Referenced in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

'Cause I Said So
Written, Performed & Produced by The Godfathers
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Powerful
21 March 2004 | by mish17See all my reviews

This film was way ahead of its time. In this day and age, teenage suicides happen often, and appear in the press. This is a movie, set in the 80s, and really has a powerful effect on you. To start with, I was trying to figure out why the main character decided to kill himself. It never really says. But the movie concentrates more on what David's close friends feel on his suicide. The film focuses heavily on Keanu Reeves character, Chris. He features in some of the film's most powerful scenes, and although he plays his Ted character, goofy and gangly, he really acts his socks off. He also features in an almost painful crying scene.

There's a terrific song, which unfortunately isn't available. It's worked on throughout the film, but it really comes to light towards the end. It's called "Wishing On Another Lucky Star", performed by J.D. Souther.

This is a very powerful movie, although it didn't leave much of an effect on me. I was expecting it to leave me with something at the end of the movie, but this kinda movie has been done better in recent years - The Virgin Suicides for example.


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