Based on Joni Eareckson's autobiography. She becomes paralyzed after breaking her neck in a swimming accident at age 17. Trying to cope with her new life, she learns to paint using her mouth and finds strength in her new Christian faith.

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Cast

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Joni Eareckson Tada ...
Joni
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John Eareckson
Katherine De Hetre ...
Jay Eareckson
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Dick Filbert
John Milford ...
Dr. Sherrill
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Lindy Eareckson
Louise Hoven ...
Diana
Michael Mancini ...
Don Bertolli
Cloyce Morrow ...
Barbara Marshall
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Steve Estes
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Kathy Eareckson
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Butch
Cheryl Harvey ...
Betty
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Earl
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Based on Joni Eareckson's autobiography. She becomes paralyzed after breaking her neck in a swimming accident at age 17. Trying to cope with her new life, she learns to paint using her mouth and finds strength in her new Christian faith.

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Sometimes where the body is held captive the Spirit is set free

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1 June 1979 (USA)  »

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Joni, mia gynaika xanazei  »

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Journey's End
Music by Tedd Smith
Lyrics by Rob Tregenza
Performed by Joni Eareckson Tada
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Joni
26 April 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie tugs on your heart like 3-pound nylon and a bonefish lure. Every girl I knew in 1980 owned the 'Joni' book. My favorite part is when Joni draws with the pen in her mouth. In conclusion, I like pens.


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