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Nancy Larson (writer)
John Nichols (novel)
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3 March 1990 (Japan) See more »
Sometimes needing someone is the bravest thing you can do.
After his mother dies and father goes to fight in World War II, a young boy moves in with his aunt and uncle who live in the countryside. Lonely and unhappy, he starts believing he has super powers. Then a "dead" man shows up. | Add synopsis »
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Alan Wright ... Conductor

Lukas Haas ... Wendall
Steve Hendrickson ... Fred

Dylan Baker ... Duffy Kahler
Jeffrey Dreisbach ... Singing Soldier
Anne Pitoniak ... Cornelia

John Randolph ... Doc

Lance Guest ... John T.
Andrea Matheson ... Ercel
Jeremiah Warner ... Tom

Lea Thompson ... Sybil
Dorothy Yates ... Dot Svenson
Doris Yates ... Marie Svenson
Jerome Dempsey ... Jim

David Moscow ... Jimmy Wiggen

Jason Cook ... Monroe
Elizabeth White ... Elaine Bergle
Barton Heyman ... Hank Kahler

Ken Jenkins ... Joel Spender
Michael Buhl ... Chad Spender
Betty Miller ... Irma Kahler
Frank T. Wells ... Willie Bayle

Charles White ... Sheriff Flood
John Reese ... Carl Hatcher

Directed by
Jenny Bowen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jenny Bowen 
Nancy Larson  writer
John Nichols  novel

Produced by
Thom Tyson .... producer
Cinematography by
Richard Bowen 
Film Editing by
Lisa Day 
Casting by
Patricia McCorkle  (as Pat McCorkle)
Production Design by
Jeffrey Beecroft 
Set Decoration by
Jim Steere 
Costume Design by
Stephanie Maslansky 
Makeup Department
H. Wayne Coker .... hair stylist
Jenny R. Evans .... assistant hair stylist
Jenny R. Evans .... assistant makeup artist
Michelle Ross .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phillip Christon .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
David W. Roden .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Douglas Axtell .... sound mixer
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Lon Gowan .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
John Allen .... first assistant camera
Mitch Dubin .... camera operator
Scott Graves .... best boy grip
Larry Reibman .... gaffer
Casting Department
Ira Belgrade .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Celia Bryant .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Other crew
Lon Gowan .... production assistant
Laura Warner .... assistant to actor
Laura Warner .... assistant to actors

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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
An excellent, long forgotten film, 11 August 2007
Author: Gprime1318 from Canada

I have been searching for this movie for years after seeing it on late night television in the early 90's, with no luck. After learning it only received 84 votes on IMDb, i realized why... no one has seen the damn thing! So, I feel it is my duty to recommend this unique and unforgettable film to anyone who may stumble across it in the wasteland that is cable or the dusty old drama section of mom and pop video stores.

If only I could remember more about it! Certain scenes have stayed with me for years, while others have unfortunately faded with the passage of time. I remember young Lucas Haas and his horror at discovering his beloved pet rabbit has eaten her young, as well as his relationship with a deranged stranger who may or may not be his father. Along, with a few other scenes, these are the only things I can remember specifically about the movie.

Regardless, I stand by my original statement that this is quite a memorable film. What I have not forgotten, nor am I likely to, is the heart wrenching tone of the movie. The acting is excellent, and Haas especially is mesmerizing. You feel very strongly for these characters, which makes the films bleak atmosphere even more involving.

I saw this movie once, more than ten years ago, and even then it was edited for television. Still, it has stuck with me, and if that isn't a sign of great film-making, I don't know what is. I give it an eight, simply because I cannot remember it in it's entirety, preventing me from giving it a 10, which I suspect it deserves.

If anyone finds it, please give it a try and let me know what you think. I would love to know if this film really is as remarkable as I remember it to be.

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