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80 Steps to Jonah (1969)

 -  Drama  -  December 1969 (USA)
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A young man hiding from the law takes refuge in a summer camp for blind children.

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Mark Jonah Winters
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Nonna
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Barney Glover
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Tracy Rutledge
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Wilfred Bashford
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Jerry Taggart
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Mackray
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Scott
Frank Schuller ...
Witney
Dennis Cross ...
Maxon
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Little Joe Wilson
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Kim
Teddy Quinn ...
Richard
Michele Tobin ...
Cathy
Susan Mathews ...
Velma
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Nevada police take into custody drifter Mark Jonah, although he claims he was an innocent hitchhiker, after the crash of a stolen car in which hoodlum Jerry Taggart is killed. Mark escapes and, while sleeping in a field two days later, is awakened when an eight-year-old blind girl, Nina, stumbles over him. Nina leads Mark to three other blind children---Kim, Little Joe and Cathy. The youngster's, sensing Mark's gentleness, take him to their summer camp for blind children. There, he meets Tracy, a girl his own age who is also blind. He is mistaken for the camp's new handyman by Tracy's housekeeper, Nonna, who views him with suspicion, and also meets the other children, Richard, Velma and Pepe. The children learn to love Mark, whom they follow everywhere, as their Pied Piper figure. Led by tough Barney Glover, the police finally catch up to Jonah. But a well-known local character, Wilfred Bashford, clears Mark, who returns to Tracy and his new "family." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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80 Schritte bis zum Glück  »

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Hearing footsteps behind her, one of the blind children turns and addresses another child by name, even though the girl had not spoken and there was no way to distinguish her from other children wandering around. See more »

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If I Could Be to You
Music & lyrics by Wayne Newton & Don Vincent
Performed by Wayne Newton
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A Touching Story
10 September 1999 | by (Duncan, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

I feel that there was excellent casting in this picture. Wayne Newton handled the lead quite well - he played it with heart, but resisted the temptation to make it overly sentimental. Not afraid of being upstaged by animals or children, he worked well with them to tell us a beautiful story. Brought to the foreground was how independent people with disabilities can really be. The music, too, was a definite plus!


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