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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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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
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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. The MTM empire would be in business for just nine more years, after which they were purchased by 21st Century Fox, Inc. (then doing business as 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 »

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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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Warm black and white story
21 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

I only caught "the rest of the movie" But seeing W Goldberg I decided to watch it and loved it. Young white American boy find out his parents will not stay together and has to deal with it. House Keeper W G is supposed to be Jamaican and it seems has "raised" this child along his parents and somehow has become part of the family all hierarchy still in vigor but not really imposed as it seems this family has much relied on her. Young David is also faced with a mystery with his allied house keeper and his growing up is doubly challenged by his own situation but also with his parent's substitute unclear past. I do have a lot of time for W G and enjoyed her performance never giving into over emotional yet displaying a genuine caring attitude. Some may find the final finding a little over the top, but I know sometimes reality can be larger than fiction so personality I go with the flow. I wonder why there are so few reviews...to each its own


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