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Digging to China (1997)

PG | | Drama | 11 September 1998 (USA)
10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans ... See full summary »

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10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans for leaving and she finally does so together with her childlike (mentally ill) friend Ricky. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some emotional moments | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Egy alagút Kínába  »

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Opening Weekend:

$19,162 (USA) (11 September 1998)

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$33,556 (USA) (18 September 1998)
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Trivia

Although they play mother and daughter, Mary Stuart Masterson is only six years younger than her onscreen mother Cathy Moriarty. See more »

Goofs

Harriet's legs change position from shot to shot when she's coloring on the floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harriet: My mother lived in one world. I was always looking for another.
Harriet: Once I tried to squeeze down a rabbit hole.
[fire department arriving]
Harriet: Then I tried digging all the way to China.
[sparks fly]
Harriet: That's when I learned a mysterious electric force protected the center of the Earth. Then I tried to make the carpet from the front hall fly me to Persia.
Harriet: I always wish for the same two things, which are really only one thing. I want something magical to happen to me. And I wanted my mother to ...
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Last Train to Clarksville
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This is truly an unjustly ignored sleeper.
17 March 1999 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

This is a poignant film that few moviegoers are familiar with. It is redolent of such recent works as Manny & Lo (featuring Scarlett Johanssen, the girl from Horse Whisperer) and Lawn Dogs (a decidedly darker vehicle, starring Sam Rockwell). Don't pass this one by, if you have a heart.


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