A young woman struggles for independence.

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Natalie Miller
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Shirley Norton
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Mr. Miller
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Betty
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Harvey Belman
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Hester
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Natalie, Age 7 (as Robyn Morgan)
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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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I guess I really didn't need help finding a husband... what I needed was help finding myself. That's really why I left home, mama. I figured the best way to find out who I really am is to stop being what you want me to be and start being what I want me to be... See more »

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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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Off-Ramp To Nowhere
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Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by The Die-Hard Trippers
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A lost Classic!
21 May 2006 | by (United States, Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

I watched a film print from my collection of this coming of age story last night for the first time in years and came away feeling somber, yet inspired at the same time. Patty Duke is remarkable as Natalie and she does indeed have a transformation of character. Natalie metamorphosis's before our eyes from an "ugly duckling" to a beauty by the film's end. The change has nothing to do with makeup, but everything to due with Duke's power as an actress. All of the performances are stellar. I like Henry Mancini's melancholy score. It is difficult to fathom why this inspirational film is unavailable to the public in any format including cable and satellite television. Many could relate to this story and find the movie helpful.


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