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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)

 -  Drama  -  18 September 1998 (USA)
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This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story. Jones here is portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero and now successful... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bill Willis
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Marcella Willis
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Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 14
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Mrs. Fortescue
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Candida
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Billy Willis, Age 14
Harley Cross ...
Keith Carter
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Mamadou (as Isaac De Bankole)
Macha Méril ...
Madame Beauvier (as Macha Meril)
Nathalie Richard ...
Mademoiselle Fournier
Anthony Roth Costanzo ...
Francis Fortescue
Bob Swaim ...
Bob Smith
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Billy's Mother
Luisa Conlon ...
Young Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 7
Samuel Gruen ...
Benoit / Young Billy Willis, Age 7
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This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story. Jones here is portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero and now successful author who obviously drinks too much and is starting to experience health problems. Living in France with his wife, daughter, and an adopted son, the family travels an unconventional road that leaves all of them as outsiders to others. Preaching a sexual freedom, his daughter's sexual acceptance begins at an early age and betrays her when the family moves to Hanover in America. Her sexuality is definitely not the normal for American teens and gives her a bad reputation and outcasts her. Meanwhile her brooding brother struggles with his own inner turmoils about his early desertion in life. Only within the tight knit confines of his family is he comfortable to even speak. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The city of lights. A famous American author and the decade that changed a generation...forever.

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Opening Weekend:

$39,517 (USA) (18 September 1998)

Gross:

$1,759,596 (USA) (20 November 1998)
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Billy is shaving with shaving cream on his face while talking with Channe, but in the very next shot the shaving cream is gone. See more »

Crazy Credits

The cast part of the credits is divided into three parts: First "Billy" (1-27), Then "Francis" (28-41), and finally "Daddy" (42-51) See more »

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Goin' Up The Country
Written by Alan Wilson (as A. Wilson)
Performed by Canned Heat
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Summary of film misleadingly off-center.
17 October 2004 | by (St Simons Island, GA) – See all my reviews

Let the cyber reader beware! Reading the summary as well as the first User Comment about this movie, "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, which I viewed recently [2004], stunned a 4-letter word out of my mouth. These two viewers seem blissfully unaware of any knowledge of James Jones or his times. Nor do they show even a basic appreciation for film or narrative methods. If they cannot support their assertions about the film--that it is "emotionless" for instance--with some reference to accepted standards of drama or acting, we must assume that they know no better. My question is this: why does such an important site for movie-lovers accept such limited summations of films to remain on the site?


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