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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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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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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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$5,194,491 (USA)
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Film debut of Neil Patrick Harris. See more »

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Catherine the decorator: Um David, what do you think of your dad's apartment?
David Hart: Well, it's pretty goddamn ostentatious if you ask me, but of course that's just a kid's opinion. I mean, I don't even speak Italian. Are you sexually involved with my father?
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Written by Eric B. & Rakim (as Eric B. and Rakim)
Performed by Eric B. & Rakim (as Eric B. and Rakim)
Courtesy of Island Records
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Beautiful and sad...
24 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

besides the fact that Whoopi Goldberg and Spalding Gray are in this film, this is a very nice set-piece for families in America, who "have it all" yet something is missing.

Whoopi Goldberg and Spalding Gray (recently deceased) are the bookends of a tragic story of yet another family that does not work out. Katherine Quinlan, Neil Patrick Harris, and Michael Ontkean are the family, who cannot hold it together after a baby dies.

The shores of Baltimore are well-filmed and beautiful, as well as the scenes in Jamaica, where Quinlan befriends Goldberg, and learns about the complexities of life.

This is a film worth watching because there are no pat answers. The audience sees a story true to life, and empathizes with the actors. The cinematography is also noteworthy, and anyone who has experienced loss will not regret watching this film. 9/10.


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