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Joni (1979)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  1 June 1979 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Barbara Mallory ...
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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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What Can You Say? An Incredible Woman
24 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It almost goes without saying that this is a nice and inspiring story. I say that because most people who view this VHS know who Joni Eareckson (Tada) is before they watch this 1980 story of her amazing life. Christians, I assume, are the ones who know about this woman and how she turned a tragedy into a very powerful witness to God.

Joni plays herself in this movie while the rest of the cast are professional actors. She's a so- so actress but her story is so extraordinary I didn't find myself getting concerned about her acting. The only problem I had with the film was that was a tad too slow. Watching almost two hours of a woman in physical rehabilitation is not easy!

Yes, she is an incredible woman - and continues to be today - but there are a number of frustrating and depressing moments in the film as we see her grapple, mentally, physically and spiritually with trying to cope with being almost totally paralyzed. I just cannot fathom what she, and others like her, has gone through. You get some sense of that in this film.

I would strongly recommend this film to anyone who has suffered a major physical setback in their life. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who has overcome them as well as Joni, so this movie could be a great encourager for you. (It would help if someone would release this on DVD!)

Also - for anyone - I would recommend reading some of Joni's books, check out her artwork and just - if nothing else - learn a little about what makes this woman tick. It might just turn your life around, too.


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