Curse of the Starving Class Movie Review 1994

Information and Film Reviews for Curse of the Starving Class the Movie

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Ineffective adaptation of Sam Shepard's 1977 play exploring family disintegration. Weston (Woods) is the alcoholic, irresponsible patriarch of a decaying farm. His unhappy wife, Ella (Bates), wants to sell out to land speculator Taylor (Quaid) and move to Paris while rebellious teenager Emma (Fiorella) plans to run off to Mexico and sullen older brother Wesley (Thomas) desires to stay and make a go of things. One-dimensional characterizations don't translate well from stage to screen.


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Available on VHS
Running time 102 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Family Ties, Farm Livin', Adapted from a Play, Plays to Film: Sam Shepard
Bruce Beresford
James Woods, Kathy Bates, Henry Thomas, Kristin Fiorella, Randy Quaid, Louis Gossett
Dick Quinlan
Michael McClary
William S. Gilmore, Harel Goldstein, David Goldstein, Bruce Beresford, Trimark Pictures

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