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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dalin Christiansen ...
Dallin Avery
Cynthia Jump ...
Margie Nelson
Josh Goodwin ...
Natalie Hill ...
Singer #1
Alyson Breinholt ...
Georgie Baker
John Huntington ...
Ryan Healey ...
Porter Baker
David Jaster ...
Singer #2
Tom Nibley ...
Gordon Baker
Bonnie Nelson
Mitch Lunak ...
Ruth Margaret Nickerson ...
Emelda Avery
Bennie Moore ...
Nick (as Ben Moore)


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 <>

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A musical fantasy ringing of truth and filled with mystery and love See more »


Family | Drama | Musical

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Many of the Paur family is in this movie. Joseph Paur is Ribaldi/Rigoletto, his son Mason is Nicky, his daughter Stephaine is Elaina, and Leo Paur is the writer and director. See more »


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 »


Ribaldi/Rigoletto: [sees Georgie at the doorway] Hello, Georgie.
Georgie: [quietly] Hello.
Ribaldi/Rigoletto: What can I do for you?
Georgie: [pause] Can you teach me to sing? Like you taught Bonnie?
Ribaldi/Rigoletto: Do your parents know you're here?
[Georgie lowers her head but Ribaldi lifts her chin]
Ribaldi/Rigoletto: Some day I will teach you to sing, Georgie, but it is not this day.
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Referenced in Minority Report (2002) See more »


Music and lyrics by Kurt Bestor
Performed by Tracey Williams
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Charming Movie
13 December 2004 | by (Houghton, NY) – See all my reviews

I adore this movie. It is a very good movie with great music. I have watched it so much my tape needs to be replaced. I found the plot charming when I was younger and the songs delightful. When I began voice lessons the songs from this movie were some of the first I learned. Rigoletto is a little-known fairytale that comes to life in this movie. It has some humor mixed in through Hans the butler and the pig farmer who is very protective of his pigs and claims they are people too. There is a bit of violence, but it is not shown that much and is necessary for the movie. The lesson, that everyone should look inside themselves for that "hidden melody" and that getting the whole story instead of jumping to conclusions and making a rash action, is much needed today. I would definitely recommend seeing it and sharing it with the children and adults in your life.

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