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Shaking the Tree (1990)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 1 March 1992 (USA)
A crowd of guys in their 20's spend most of their time hanging out. It's Christmas time in the early 1990's and the guys all begin to think it's about time they went about their lives ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arye Gross ... Barry
Gale Hansen Gale Hansen ... Sully
Doug Savant ... Michael
Steven Wilde Steven Wilde ... Duke
Courteney Cox ... Kathleen
Christina Haag ... Michelle
Michael Arabian Michael Arabian ... Nickel
Dennis Cockrum ... Bannelli
Nathan Davis ... Grandpa Sullivan
Ron Dean ... Duke's Father
Brittney Hansen Brittney Hansen ... Brigette
Turk Muller ... Ape (as Terry Muller)
Ned Schmidtke ... Mr. Jack
Maurice Chasse ... Cashier at Stubby's
Dick Sasso Dick Sasso ... New Yorker in Van


A crowd of guys in their 20's spend most of their time hanging out. It's Christmas time in the early 1990's and the guys all begin to think it's about time they went about their lives without the comfort of the diner. Written by M. L. Grant <grant@boutell.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language. | See all certifications »






Release Date:

1 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigos Inseparáveis See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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References When Harry Met Sally... (1989) See more »


Performed by Far Cry
Written by David E. Russo (as David Russo) and Joan Jones
Produced by David E. Russo (as David Russo)
Courtesy of Done Songs
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Predictable soul-searching bit. (spoilers)
19 March 2006 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

'Shaking the Tree' follows a long trend of the 20-something soul searching story which involves a group of friends longing for the glory days and wondering what exactly went wrong in life that they didn't quite achieve what they thought they could have. Faded sports heroes, lost loves, deadend jobs, and sometimes nothing at all. The earliest of these and probably the most recognized is 'Diner' and later, 'The Big Chill' and 'St. Elmo's Fire.' Others that I can think of is the early 90s 'Queens Logic' and the late 90s comedy, 'The Four Aces.' 'Shaking the Tree,' because it offers nothing new really, and even stories of characters that are not all that unique or really all that interesting compared to others like it, it is instantly forgettable, despite the nostalgic appeal of 80s regular, Ayre Gross and pre-Friends Courtney Cox.

This is simply the story of four guys long past their own glory days. One is soon-to-be-father and aspiring novelist who can't seem to relate to his wife and deals with it by fooling around. Another is engaged to be married, but wedding plans are nixed when he finds out that his fiancée long ago slept with one of his friends. Another is a bartender who can't box anymore and is wondering what is left for him. And another comes from money but has zero ambition and, seems to deal with that, by running away from everything except for the ten grand bet he gambled away at the races.

Not a particularly bad movie. A nice distracting time waster, if nothing else, but overall, there are a slew of this variety of comedy/dramas that have been in the past 20 years alone, and this one is nothing special among them.

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