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Iris Burton

Surviving: A Family in Crisis

Philip Brogan

Rick Brogan

Explorers

Stand By Me

Waris Hussein

Joyce Eliason

Oklahoma

Circle of Violence: A Family Drama

Heather O'Rourke

Len Cariou

David Brogan

Sarah Brogan

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Tina Brogan

Marsha Mason

Ellen Burstyn

Zach Galligan

Mollie Ringwald

Lonnie

Paul Sorvino

Marc Gilpin
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
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Surviving

Year:1985
Director:Waris Hussein
Screenplay:Joyce Eliason



Ellen Burstyn
as Tina Brogan


Len Cariou
as David Brogan


Zach Galligan
as Rick Brogan


Marsha Mason
as Lois


Mollie Ringwald
as Lonnie


Paul Sorvino
as Harvey


River Phoenix
as Philip Brogan


Heather O'Rourke
as Sarah Brogan


Marc Gilpin
as Bobby


"Why are people so cruel to each other?"

Released over the years as "Surviving," "Surviving: A Family in Crisis" and "Tragedy" this TV movie, which plays out over two and a half hours, would provide River with the biggest role yet of his early career bringing to life the character of Philip Brogan.

It would be halfway through filming this project that Iris Burton would contact River and his family with details of a possible role in the film Explorers. Unfortunately, the proposed auditions would clash with the filming schedule of this movie so it looked as though River would miss out. Only last minute changes by director Waris Hussein allowed River to leave the Oklahoma based set and return to Los Angeles.

This would be River's last TV performance before he got his big break into movies. "Some people find security in routine, but I could never live that way," he said. "That's why I could never be on a television series - that would call for routine, for getting up in the morning at a certain time, going to work, going through the same thing, playing the same character."

River would appear in one last TV movie entitled Circle of Violence: A Family Drama. This project was filmed shortly after completing Stand By Me.

Tragically, the lives of both the child stars in this movie would be cut cruelly short. River would be dead in a little over nine years following the completion of this film. Heather O'Rourke would enjoy life for a mere two and a half years more. She passed away as a result of complications setting in during surgery. In a further twist of fate, both would lose their respective battles for life in the same hospital - the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

We miss them both.

"I wish I would have known that heroes can be in trouble. That heroes can really be hurting inside. We haven't been as close as we used to, not lately. But I just wish that I would have known what was going on. I just wish that I could have helped."


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