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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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Celeste
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Felicia
Wanda Christine ...
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Maryce Carter ...
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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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Filmed in 1986, not released until two years later. See more »

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Clara Mayfield: [introducing David to her friend Blanche]
[spoken with Jamaican patois]
Clara Mayfield: Ah... der be da tarment of me existence. Dey call him Devid.
David Hart: Chow Bobo. Me not da tarment of HER existence. In dis house, de tarment is everywhere and de Ja-MEEEEEEEE-can woman tarment me fa certain as much as me tarment her.
Blanche Loudon: Where him learn patois?
Clara Mayfield: Only one place I can think of.
Blanche Loudon: Dahn talk dat way. Anly looooow class people talk dat way.
Clara Mayfield: Child, dan't encourage him.
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Loved it when I was kid and love it as an adult.,,,,,,,,
28 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Loved it when I first saw it and will always love it. It's one of those 80's movies that tears at your heart strings without being to sappy. It makes the viewer aware that this kind of things are happening in other households and that it's actually something that's real and not made up. If you watch it as a kid and then watch it as an adult you may learn more about it. This is one movie I want on DVD, because it shows that like others have mentioned, it's not a happy ever ending, but a realistic ending. David learns some valuable lessons as he is trying to deal with his guilt of his baby sister's death. Remember when he wanted to save a toy of hers and Clara tells him no. (I haven't watched it in a long time so I don't know exactly what she say, but it's something to think about.) I love this movie and always will. I think everyone should see this movie.


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