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A Test of Love (1984)

Annie's Coming Out (original title)
PG | | Drama | 12 April 1985 (USA)
In the 1970s, Jessica Hathaway (Angela Punch McGregor) joins the staff of Brentwood Hospital, a government facility for handicapped children in Melbourne, Australia. One of her patients is ... See full summary »

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Angela Punch McGregor ...
Jessica Hathaway
Drew Forsythe ...
David Lewis
Liddy Clark ...
Sally Clements
Monica Maughan ...
Vera Peters
Philippa Baker ...
Sister Waterman
Tina Arhondis ...
Mark Butler ...
Doctor John Monroe
John Frawley ...
Harding
Wallas Eaton ...
Dr. Rowell (as Wallace Eaton)
Lyn Collingwood ...
Mrs. O'Farrell
Laurie Dobson ...
Mr. O'Farrell
Carl Bleazby ...
Bill Hathaway
Esme Melville ...
Mrs. Arnold
Judith Graham ...
Mrs. Hathaway
Alistair Duncan ...
Hopgood
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In the 1970s, Jessica Hathaway (Angela Punch McGregor) joins the staff of Brentwood Hospital, a government facility for handicapped children in Melbourne, Australia. One of her patients is Annie O'Farrell (Tina Arhondis), whose cerebral palsy has kept her institutionalized since the age of 3. Convinced the girl, now 13, has been misdiagnosed as legally retarded, Jessica teaches her to communicate through a Ouija board in this true story about the fight to free Annie from institutional care. Written by Elora Matthias

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Angela Punch McGregor in her most stunning performance to date See more »

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The film was made and released about four years after its source book of the same name by and Anne McDonald and Rosemary Crossley had been first published in 1980. See more »

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I challenge anyone with a hard done by complex to see this movie can safely say they won't. have one anymore!
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Annie's Coming Out based on a book by Rosemary Crossley and Anne McDonald, is about Miss Crossley's experience at an Australian institution for disabled children, the institution in which she encountered Miss McDonald. Crippled by cerebral palsy and confined in the institution from the age of 3, Miss McDonald was entirely unable to communicate when Miss Crossley first met her. She was thought to be badly retarded and, in keeping with the harsh customs of the institution in which she was confined, was treated accordingly But Miss Crossley somehow sensed the child's intelligence. And she eventually taught her to communicate by means of a letter board and with the motion of her tongue. Over the years, she and Miss McDonald developed a familial bond, and a great deal of love and loyalty. In 1979, when Annie was 18, Miss Crossley launched a fight against the skeptics and bureaucrats who doubted Annie's abilities and wanted to preserve the institution's reputation, a fight to win Annie's freedom.

I challenge anyone with a hard done by complex to see this movie can safely say they won't. have one anymore I can really identify with Annie because I suffer with a different degree. Of the same disability I have speech difficulties some people treat me a little the same way. anyway excellent acting by all 5 out of 10


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