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Clara's Heart (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  7 October 1988 (USA)
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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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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
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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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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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$5,194,491 (USA)
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Film debut of Neil Patrick Harris. See more »

Quotes

Clara Mayfield: Why do you touch me like that?
David Hart: Like what?
Clara Mayfield: Like that!
David Hart: I'm sorry.
Clara Mayfield: Don't you never touch me like that again. You understand me?
David Hart: I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I didn't think it would upset you.
Clara Mayfield: You didn't think it would upset me? You keep your hands off or I'm pressing charges! You understand what I'm telling you? You understand what I'm telling you? You get out now, you get out!
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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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