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Far North (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 November 1988 (USA)
After generations of being apart, an accident brings a family back together and they begin to cope with their original issues.

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Sam Shepard

Writer:

Sam Shepard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Kate
Charles Durning ... Bertrum
Tess Harper ... Rita
Donald Moffat ... Uncle Dane
Ann Wedgeworth ... Amy
Patricia Arquette ... Jilly
Nina Draxten Nina Draxten ... Gramma
Tim Hanrahan Tim Hanrahan ... Boy in Front Seat (as Timothy Hanrahan)
Pearl Fuller Pearl Fuller ... Older Nurse
Mary Russell Mary Russell ... Baby Kate
Sandra Iverson Sandra Iverson ... Young Kate
Sarah Gramse Sarah Gramse ... Adolescent Kate
Paolo Rossi ... Boy in Woods
Lindsey Handel Lindsey Handel ... Young Rita
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Young Nurse (as Melissa Anderson)
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After generations of being apart, an accident brings a family back together and they begin to cope with their original issues.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa de Kate é um Caso See more »

Filming Locations:

Duluth, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$147,234
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Melissa Sue Anderson is listed in the credits as Young Nurse, although the only nurses that appear in the movie are seen from the back only. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bertrum: [reining in horse] Mel! You behave! Mel! You're gonna get us killed! Whoa! You son of a bitch! Goddamn it!
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Stakeout (1990) See more »

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Voo Doo Child
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Why does this movie exist?
4 March 2015 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 1988, "Far North" is a comedy/farce/drama about a farm family in Duluth, Minnesota. Their supposedly diabolical horse, Mel, throws the patriarch (the bloated Charles Durning) and so the daughter with a bun in the oven (Jessica Lange) comes home from the Big Apple to visit Dad in the hospital. The matriarch (Ann Wedgeworth) has Alzheimers while the other daughter (Tess Harper) has her hands full on the farm raising a fatherless daughter (Patricia Arquette) who's quite the rebel. Donald Moffat is also on hand on hand as the alcoholic, gambling uncle. The plot revolves around the father's angry request to shoot the horse and the others arguing over doing it or not doing it.

Sam Shepherd wrote and directed this film. Although he wrote several screenplays or teleplays before "Far North" this was the first of only two films that he's directed. I can see why he didn't direct more movies.

What's the point of "Far North"? All I can come up with is that it's basically about an eccentric family of Northern Minnesota where the women have gone wild and don't need men to survive, although they crave them. The only two men in the story are elderly and nigh psychotic.

The movie is akin to 2000's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" in tone albeit nowhere near as good. While the cast, locations, music and filmmaking are fine, nothing worked for me as far as the story and characters go. It's not compelling, it's not funny and I couldn't relate to the characters. It's pointless drivel and I find it hard to believe anyone would blow the time and money to create it. While most people agree that it's a bad film there are a minority who really like it. I guess they "got" it. I sure didn't.

The film runs 90 minutes and was shot in the Duluth area.

GRADE: D+


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