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The Dollmaker (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  13 May 1984 (USA)
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Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Truck Driver
Etel Billig ...
Mrs. Bomarita
Phyllis Boyens ...
Mrs. Hull
Nikki Creswell ...
Cassie
David Dawson ...
Amos
Diane Dorsey ...
Irish Neighbor
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Miss Vashinski
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Derek Googe
Cheryl Hamada ...
Mrs. Saito
James N. Harrell ...
Old John Miller
Ann Hearn ...
Max
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Clovis
Susan Kingsley ...
Sophronie
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Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband Clovis (Levon Helm) to Detroit when he finds work during World War II. One setback follows another and shattering tragedy strikes the family. It's all up to Gertie to find new strength, courage and determination to keep her family together and strong. Written by alfiehitchie

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Pure genius in all aspects of film making!
25 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Doll Maker" starring Jane Fonda, was probably the most memorable movie I have ever seen. I have seen it only one time. I do not need to see it again. I would love to, but my husband was so emotionally moved by the scene with the child, that I promised him that I would never bring it around him. This story is so very real. The scenery, the acting, the emotions, all become a true part of your soul, if only for a couple of hours. I loved "The Doll Maker"! This movie is a sociological work of art. I am trying to think of a movie, which could possibly come close emotionally to this story. I almost want to say "Old Yeller". The difficulty presented to both families, may be comparable. When I think of the coloration of the scenery in "The Doll Maker", I am somewhat reminded of the movie, "The Grapes of Wrath". "The Grapes of Wrath" was an epic film, the movie "Old Yeller" was a family oriented film. "The Doll Maker" is a "must see"!


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