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Grace McQueen
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Julie Pollard
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Alexandra Pollard
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Scott
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Norm Denton
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Otis
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Mr. Riley
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Larry Freeman
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Rita
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Mrs. Oberg
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Ben Hodgkins
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When Grace comes to live with her daughter and son-in-law, she is eager to find a way to be useful in the community. She loves to read stories to children, and decides to read one on public access television. The response is so strong that a large company hears about it and offers her a television series. Her life becomes complicated as she is forced to make some serious decisions. Through it all, Grace is able to help a young mother realize that time is the most valuable gift she could give to her daughter. Written by Schleppy

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A captivating storyteller... a working, single mother and her daughter. The precious gift of time. See more »

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9 December 1991 (USA)  »

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The Christmas Story Lady  »

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Grace Johnston turned down the role of Alexandra Pollard because of conflicting work schedules with One Good Cop (1991). See more »

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Julie Pollard: We had an understanding.
Alexandra Pollard: No, we have appointments.
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there's still time
22 April 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

The moral of "The Story Lady" is something along the lines of the dangers associated with commercialization. Which makes it ironic, in a way, that the story arc of the film itself makes very nearly the same mistakes it warns against. The most powerful passages of this film revolve around the first scenes of Grace McQueen (Jessica Tandy) at the public access cable studio. Tandy has by far the superior acting capability to carry a film based solely on this premise. Somewhat unfortunately, then, does Robert Zeschin's script take a much more unnecessarily complex route.

But such are the dangers of low-ambition TV movies. Jessica Tandy is this film. She is the reason it exists, and why it is so much worth watching. Everything else (save for a wonderful performance from young Lisa Jakub) is par for the course. In spite of that, there's no reason not to like, even love "The Story Lady". Tandy creates a character of wondrous depth and reality. There's nothing remotely false or off about her performance. I very much encourage you to see this film.


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