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Clara's Heart (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | 7 October 1988 (USA)
David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Clara Mayfield
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Bill Hart
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Leona Hart
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David Hart
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Peter Epstein
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Dora
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Blanche Loudon
Jason Downs ...
Alan Lipsky
Caitlin Thompson ...
Celeste
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Felicia
Wanda Christine ...
Lydia
Maryce Carter ...
Babs
Angel Harper ...
Rita
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Bundy (as Fred Strother)
Joseph Muth ...
Father Joe (as Father Joseph Muth)
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Storyline

David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to new experiences, and eventually leading to a disturbing secret in Clara's past. Written by David Thaler <dathaler@comcast.net>

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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Claras Geheimnis  »

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$5,194,491 (USA)
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This was the final big-screen film produced by MTM Enterprises. When "Clara's Heart" was originally released, the company had already been purchased by the Television South (TVS) Corporation of London, England. MTM itself would be in business for just nine more years, after which they were purchased by NewsCorp and absorbed into 20th Century Fox. Warner Bros., however, who co-produced and originally distributed "Clara's Heart," still owns the film. See more »

Quotes

Dora: [in Jamaican patois] Where you get dis here white child Miz Blanche?
David Hart: [in Jamaican patois] She get me at a church bazaar. I was lef' dere in da manger.
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The Determination Theme
Written by Elon Wizzart, Michael Daly, Stephen Samuels and Michelle Cole
Performed by The Determiantion Band
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Funny, sad and realistic
13 June 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this movie for the second time. The first time I was 13 years old, and while I really enjoyed it then, it was certainly worth a second viewing as an adult. This movie has so many layers... Whoopi Goldberg is brilliant in her role as a Jamaican housekeeper, and both she and Neil Patrick Harris are quite witty... at times I found myself laughing out loud at their sarcastic banter. Besides making me laugh and cry, this movie also makes me angry... David's parents seem so self-absorbed and unconcerned about their son's welfare. I really felt sorry for him, and glad he had Clara. The ending is refreshing in that it is not a sappy "happily ever after", but also not horrible... it's nice to see something realistic for a change.


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