Jane, a young Toronto girl, tries to reunite her estranged parents during the 1930's, sick of her strict private school and abusive, nasty grandmother.

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Mairon Bennett ...
Jane Stuart
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Andrew Stuart
Patricia Phillips ...
Robin Stuart
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Mrs.Kennedy
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Jody Turner
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Hepzibah
Vivian Reis ...
Aunt Irene
Joyce Campion ...
Violet Titus
Florence Paterson ...
Justina Titus
Sharry Flett ...
Lillian Morrow
Glori Gage ...
Evelyn Morrow
Dora Dainton ...
Aggie
Robert Benson ...
William Kennedy
London Juno ...
Phyllis Kennedy (as Juno Mills Cockell)
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Gertrude Kennedy
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In 1935 Toronto, Jane Stuart's mother has taken ill, and the two of them have temporarily moved in with her rich, snobbish grandmother, where Jane is verbally abused and her mother bullied. Jane is forced into a private academy, in which the other girls tell her that her father, whom Jane believes to be dead, is actually alive. Soon after, Andrew Stuart sends word that he would like to meet his long-lost daughter, so Jane is sent by train to Bright River to stay with him, where she encounters an old mystery that she must help her father overcome, new friends, and the chance to bring her father and mother back together again. Written by Stacy Saigeon

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27 January 1990 (USA)  »

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Jane of Lantern Hill  »

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A Joy!
22 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

While young Sarah Polley is not meant to be the featured child in this film she certainly steals the limelight from Mairon Bennett. She does a wonderful job as the young cockney orphan who becomes Jane Stuart's staunchest ally. Her performance and Colleen Dewhurst's make the film a joy to watch. Sam Waterston does a credible job as the father although I think that he carried the lost and confused act a little too far at times.

I am not meaning to say that Bennett isn't good because she is. In fact the only performances that I was disappointed in was Patricia Philips as the mother. She seemed to over do it a bit at times and was somewhat melodramatic.

Other stand outs in the cast include Zoe Caldwell, the great stage actress, as the grandmother, and Vivian Reis as the conniving Aunt. Although it shouldn't be possible, Joyce Campion and Florence Patterson steal scenes from Colleen Dewhurst.

Kevin Sullivan's version is very different from the original book mostly in terms of the feel. Sullivan adds more of supernatural element that offers a chance for some well done special effects.

I recommend this film highly for family night viewing.


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