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It Was a Wonderful Life (1993)

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Feature-length documentary deals with homeless women, once secure in their middle-class status, who through divorce, misfortune, or circumstances were reduced to living on the street.

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Lou Hall ...
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Reena Sands ...
Herself (Ronella) (as Reena [Ronella])
Josephine ...
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Marie ...
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Terry ...
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Alice ...
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Marjorie Bard ...
Herself - Author, "Shadow Women" (as Dr. Marjorie Bard)
Jeanette Goldberg ...
Herself (as Jeanette)
Steve Renehan ...
Himself: City of Los Angeles Housing Authority
Gordon Tuthill ...
Himself: Apartment Building Owner
Wayne Doss ...
Himself: Director of Child Support Operations, L.A. County, District Attorney's Office
Dennis Cohen ...
Himself: Center for Enforcement of Family Support
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Hernandez ...
Herself: Parking Enforcement, City of Santa Monica
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Feature-length documentary deals with homeless women, once secure in their middle-class status, who through divorce, misfortune, or circumstances were reduced to living on the street.

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Title Card: Thousands of homeless people in the United States are hidden and go unrecognized as homeless. The majority of them are women.
Title Card: This film is dedicated to the "Hidden Homeless" women who came forward to tell their stories and allowed us into their lives.
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Limerick Music Corporation
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Composed by Erroll Garner
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
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Thought provoking and moving
5 November 2002 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

This is an incredibly moving documentary, with a sober and terse narration. The fate of these women, at times pugnacious determined, at times hopeless and despondent, put homelessness in a new light for me, and left me wondering how it could be, in such a wealthy country, that women and mothers could be left with such a lack of protection and support. The memory of these 6 women will stay with you a long time after you've seen that documentary, especially if you watch it until the very end of the credits.


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