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Dalin Christiansen ...
Dallin Avery
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Papanickolas
Cynthia Jump ...
Margie Nelson
Josh Goodwin ...
Tommy
Natalie Hill ...
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Alyson Breinholt ...
Georgie Baker
John Huntington ...
Hans
Ryan Healey ...
Porter Baker
David Jaster ...
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Tom Nibley ...
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Bonnie Nelson
Mitch Lunak ...
Rufus
Ruth Margaret Nickerson ...
Emelda Avery
Bennie Moore ...
Nick (as Ben Moore)
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Things are not going well in the depression-era town of Castle Gate. Mr. Ribaldi, a mysterious rich man with a disfigured face and an abrasive personality, has just bought and moved into a long-vacant mansion. Bonnie, an adolescent girl who loves to sing, ends up working for Ribaldi so that her family can stay in their house. But Ribaldi is quite an accomplished musician himself, and he is soon giving Bonnie voice lessons. Meanwhile, local businesses are being shut down by foreclosures, and the townspeople suspect Ribaldi is responsible. Written by Joe McCauley <mccauley_je@lfs.loral.com>

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This movie is a branch off of the story line of "Beauty and the Beast" Which is an adaptation of the original Riggoletto story, which was then re-written as an Opera in 3 acts by Composer Guiseppi Verdi. Written by Franceso Maria Piave based on the play "Le Roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo. See more »

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During the scene discussing the difference between the hogs and bankers, the boom mic is clearly visible on the upper right hand side of the screen. See more »

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Ribaldi/Rigoletto: I never lie. A lie is a black hole that grows deeper and deeper, getting blacker and blacker, swallowing everyone who happens to stumble into it, then when all are consumed by it, friends, loved ones, family, all, do you know what happens?
Bonnie Nelson: What?
Ribaldi/Rigoletto: It turns into a great black beast, which turns on its creator and devours him - or her.
Bonnie Nelson: [tremulously] I never lie, either.
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References Frankenstein (1910) See more »

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GABRIELLA'S SONG
Music and lyrics by Kurt Bestor
Performed by Tracey Williams
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Sweet and uplifting family musical
12 February 2002 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This beautiful made for video movie from 1993 is a lovely musical from which many tender and spiritual lessons can be learned. The whole family can enjoy it, parents and boys and girls. The performances are top-rate and the music exquisite. Yes there are moments when the score sounds a bit like Titanic and Beauty and the Beast, but how many folk songs do you hear that sound similar to one another? I don't think that is much of a criticism. The lyrics to the song "Let Me In" in particular are outstanding. My five children enjoy this movie each time we watch it. It teaches them not to judge a person by their outward appearance, but by their character and inner spirit. A gem of a film;, contact Feature Films For Families and buy a video today. You won't be disappointed.


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