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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 ...
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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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Composed by Erroll Garner
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
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Absolutely haunting
26 May 2004 | by (Chandler, Arizona) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on cable about ten years ago and have been haunted by it ever since. I had tried to get a copy of this movie for years but very few existed and the ones that were for sale on Ebay usually went upwards of 100 dollars thanks to fervent Jodie Foster fans trying to complete their collections. A few months ago, the DVD copy was released and is now widely available at a reasonable price. I have been passing my copy around for all my friends to see and I highly recommend this movie to anyone with a social conscience; it is absolutely haunting. Although it is a sad topic, this movie does not bring you down. You find yourself drawn into the lives of these women and fascinated by their innovative ways of survival. Also, you must stick around for the closing credits to get the final story on one of the subjects. This film goes beyond the realm of "movies as entertainment".

"It Was A Wonderful Life" is a movie that could impact your perceptions and the way you live your life.


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