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80 Steps to Jonah (1969)

G | | Drama | December 1969 (USA)
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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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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My World (Jonah's Theme)
Music & lyrics by Wayne Newton & Don Vincent
Performed by Wayne Newton
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A real miscalculation
5 October 2013 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Singer Elvis Presley made some real bad movies during the period of his life when he was appearing in movies, but those bad movies come across as great when compared to "80 Steps to Jonah", a failed attempt to make singer Wayne Newton a movie star. In fact, this movie often comes across as if it were a (bad) parody of a Presley movie. Though Newton did manage to show some acting chops years later with various small parts in movies, in his big screen debut he comes across as extremely underwhelming, with no flair or color to his performance. However, he isn't really to blame for the movie's failure. The script is pretty awful, extremely padded out and is filled with various clichés and plot turns you have seen many times before in other movies and television shows. And the songs are so sugary sweet that you'll be washing out your mouth with a strong drink. It's no wonder that its distributor, Warner Brothers, has pretty much buried this movie.


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