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Writers (WGA):
Mary Stuart (article)
Marsha Norman (written by)
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Release Date:
29 December 1991 (USA) See more »
After the death of her husband, Pat learns that he gambled away all of their savings and that she's now destitute... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Primetime Emmy. See more »
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A friendless, possibly schizophrenic, bag lady is befriended by a wealthy Seattle socialite See more (3 total) »


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Gena Rowlands ... Pat Foster

Tyne Daly ... Dollie Madison

Cynthia Nixon ... Tina

Kevin Tighe ... Richard

Rae Allen ... Ruthie

Seymour Cassel ... Ralph

Elizabeth Franz

Harris Yulin ... David
Armelia McQueen ... Social Worker

Jeff Probst ... Kevin Leeds
John Procaccino ... Peter Cooper
Carol Appel ... Elaine Leeds
Frank Buxton ... Al Leeds
Henry Chu ... Market Vendor
Clayton Corzatte ... Professor

Tom Davis ... Don

Ben DiGregorio ... Dock Supervisor
Amy Caton-Ford ... Homeless Mother
Barbara Dirickson ... Doctor

Brian T. Finney ... Thug
John Gilbert ... Paul
Edmonia Jarrett ... Maid
Ron Ben Jarrett ... Fish Vendor
Joanne Klein ... Shoe Salesperson
Anthony Lee ... Emergency Doctor
Kit McDonough ... Real Estate Lady
Frankie Sullivan ... Thug
G. Valmont Thomas ... Park Policeman
Tim Threlfall ... Orderly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pete Cooper (as Peter Cooper)

Eric Bivens-Bush ... Thug (uncredited)

Rachel Glenn ... Little girl (uncredited)
Scott Allen Logan ... Tennant (uncredited)

Directed by
Claudia Weill 
Writing credits
Mary Stuart (article)

Marsha Norman (written by)

Produced by
George W. Perkins .... producer
Cinematography by
Neil Roach 
Film Editing by
Jerrold L. Ludwig  (as Jerry Ludwig)
Casting by
Anthony Barnao 
Production Design by
Steve Karatzas 
Set Decoration by
Melissa Matthies 
Crista Schneider 
Costume Design by
Debra McGuire 
Makeup Department
Pat Gerhardt .... makeup artist
Kathy C. King .... key makeup artist (as Kathy Crouse)
Geordie Sheffer .... hair stylist
Production Management
Nancy Giebink .... unit production manager
Hal Harrison .... post-production supervisor
Mike Moder .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lynda Gilman .... second assistant director (as Lynda M. Gilman)
Jay Tobias .... first assistant director
Art Department
Steven E. Eyrse .... scenic artist
Richard Joffray .... property master
Larsen-Santini Kim .... assistant property master
Drew Pinniger .... on-set dresser
David Saltzman .... lead man (as David E. Saltzman)
Sound Department
Rick Bozeat .... sound effects editor
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor
James Pilcher .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Driskell .... gaffer
Ian Jennings .... lighting technician
Steve Lang .... key grip (as Steven J. Lang)
Douglas Schwartz .... first assistant camera
Rick Wiley .... key rigging grip
Larry Wright .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Heidi Walker .... casting: Seattle (as Heidi L. Walker)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Patrick Murphy .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Daniel Belmour .... associate editor
Music Department
Stan Jones .... music editor
Transportation Department
John Wolfe .... transportation
Other crew
Tony Grob .... unit location manager
Randall LaFollette .... set production assistant (as Randy LaFollette)
Alison Learned Wolf .... assistant to director (as Alison Learned)
Shade Rupe .... production assistant

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USA:96 min
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A friendless, possibly schizophrenic, bag lady is befriended by a wealthy Seattle socialite, 31 January 2006
Author: johnjanwhite from United States

This made-for-TV film is still quite moving 14 years later; Gena Rowlands, for me, is always an actress worth watching; her understated style can speak volumes without her saying a word (those eyes: that pinched smile!); Tyne Daly's work is never excessive either; this bag lady often speaks the truth with great wisdom, learned out in the real world. When Rowlands has to go there, her wealthy "friends" are no help at all; finally, near the film's conclusion Rowland's daughter Tina (the very under-rated Cynthia Nixon) begins to see the importance of her mother's compassion and empathy for others less fortunate. Those "Ronald Reagan Rejects" are still out there, aren't they?

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