Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1989)

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Jessica's extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing. From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the 'saved', to ... See full summary »

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 Melanie (3 episodes, 1990)
Emily Aston ...
 Small Jess (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Jess (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Pastor Finch (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Mother (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Doctor (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Mrs. Arkwright (2 episodes, 1990)
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 Miss Jewsbury (2 episodes, 1990)
Sharon Bower ...
 Mrs. Vole (2 episodes, 1990)
Freda Dowie ...
 Mrs. Green (2 episodes, 1990)
Peter Gordon ...
 William (2 episodes, 1990)
Barbara Hicks ...
 Cissy (2 episodes, 1990)
Katy Murphy ...
 Mrs. Virtue (2 episodes, 1990)
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
 May (2 episodes, 1990)
Sophie Thursfield ...
 Jess's real mother (2 episodes, 1990)
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Jessica's extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing. From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the 'saved', to devote her life to Jesus, to follow the discriminatory teachings of Pastor Finch and his understanding of Revelations. As her warm personality dictates she succeeds in fitting into this regime and spreads the word of Jesus in a fairly content manner. But when her friendship with Melanie develops into something a little more 'unnatural' she easily realizes the error of the Pastors teachings. The girls are subjected to terrible treatment to convince them to repent. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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A narancs nem az egyetlen gyümölcs  »

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Poignant and compelling portrayal.
15 April 2006 | by (Lake Charles, LA., USA) – See all my reviews

This made-for-television gem is made all the more poignant by the untimely death of Charlotte Coleman (Jess)in 2001. Ms. Coleman provides a touching and heart felt performance. The cult-like nature of her upbringing along with her strength in the face of such almost fanatical religiosity shows the value of forbearance in the face of such adversity. The entire cast provide solid and almost chillingly real acting within the storyline. Jess is the epitome of forgiveness and understanding given the predicament she finds herself in. This program is well worth a look if only for the thought provoking nature of the subject matter. This film received several awards and stands the test of time. In a way the production was ahead of its time with its frank assessment of Jess's personality. You can't runaway from your self.


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