A young woman struggles for independence.

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Since she was a child, Natalie Miller has always thought she was an ugly ducking. Despite her mother's encouragement that she will grow up to be pretty, Natalie has never believed it will happen. She rents a Greenwich Village apartment from an eccentric landlady and gets a job at the Topless Bottom Club. She rides a motorcycle to work, decorates her loft with a moose head, and rides up and down a dumbwaiter to get to her apartment. There Natalie meets David an artist, and the two have a love affair before she discovers he is married. Written by alfiehitchie

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6 February 1970 (Norway)  »

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Frequently missed shot: Mom tells Patty Duke's character it'd be nice if she came over for dinner, cooked a chicken (i.e., wants her to be more 'normal'). Her response is that it'll be a cold day in hell before she's so conventional. In the final shot of the film, Patty is riding a motor scooter in downtown New York, going to visit her mom, hoping to reconcile. There's a plucked chicken in the basket on the back of the scooter. See more »

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Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Music by Henry Mancini
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Patty the Swan
15 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

It's tough to make Patty Duke into an ugly duckling. Her fierce determination, wiseass manner, and throwaway good humor are attractive qualities--and they each serve to save her "homely" character from heartbreak. Natalie is a textbook plain Jane from Brooklyn who finally makes a break from her parents and moves to the Village; she gains strength in her independence, but her self-consciousness (and keenly-honed sense of dramatics) cause her to hit a comedic bump or two. Martin Balsam has a wonderful and sensitive supporting role as an adoring uncle, and James Farentino is very fine playing an artist with whom Natalie falls in love. Their relationship is surprisingly free of the usual clichés, making this a sweet, warm, funny movie that has stood the test of time. *** from ****


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