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The Dollmaker (1984)

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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Cassie
Raymond Serra ...
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Miss Vashinski
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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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Dollmaker - Ein Traum wird wahr  »

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After this movie was completed, Jane Fonda had a mild heart attack. Reportedly, the reason for it cited was due to the physiological demands on the body of putting on twenty pounds of weight for this role which were followed by stress and strain of workouts to then lose the weight. See more »

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Amazing Story
5 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is an undiscovered gem: a simple, beautiful story of a woman struggling with poverty and other obstacles in her life. Jane Fonda creates a picture of an Appalachian woman who is complex, brave, and at times resigned to the limitations of her life. This movie is unique in its straightforward presentation of a story about poverty that never swerves into sentimentality or condescension: ultimately it celebrates the strength, faith, and ingenuity of Gertie. Had this movie been released as a feature film it probably would have gotten more attention and be praised along side movies like "The Grapes of Wrath," which coincidentally was one of Jane Fonda's father's most memorable roles.


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