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J. Michael McClary

Curse of the Starving Class

102' - 1994 - Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: J. Michael McClary Composer: John Bryant, Frank Hames With: James Woods, Kathy Bates, Randy Quaid
A dysfunctional rural family struggles to live the American Dream in a country that's being sold off by quick-buck and opportunistic developers. The patriarch, Weston, is a middle aged man who spends most of his time drinking. His wife Ella is fed up with him. Their two teenage children, Wesley and Emma, both struggle to get on with their lives notwithstanding the peculiarity of their parents. Eventually, each family member is forced to confront their demons in search of their personal freedom and happiness. This film is Beresford's adaptation of the critically-acclaimed stageplay by Sam Shepard.

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J. Michael McClary


John Bryant, Frank Hames


James Woods, Kathy Bates, Randy Quaid


Bruce Beresford

Director of Photography

Richard Quinlan


Dean Goodhill


William S. Gilmore, Harel Goldstein

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Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

["\"Curse of the Starving Class\" (Sam Shepard)","\"Curse of the Starving Class\" (Sam Shepard)"]



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