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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)

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)
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Madame Beauvier (as Macha Meril)
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Mademoiselle Fournier
Anthony Roth Costanzo ...
Francis Fortescue
Bob Swaim ...
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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18 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hija de un soldado nunca llora  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,759,596 (USA) (20 November 1998)
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Goofs

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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Features Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) See more »

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Di Doo Dah
Written by Serge Gainsbourg
Performed by Jane Birkin
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Enjoyable, Rambling Story With "True Life" Feel
21 March 2000 | by (Rye, NY) – See all my reviews

We got this video from library without knowing anything about it, except for the good reputations of the actors & director. The story rambles along following the lives of a young American girl & family living in Paris -- their adoption of a French boy, and how their lives change as the two grow up, eventually moving to North Carolina. The acting is good, and the story details are fascinating and off-beat (her teenage boy friend who sings great soprano opera, for example). Perhaps the father is too good to believe (from a kid's point of view) but it's a warm story that just kind of ends after the father dies. I can see why it might not be hugely popular, but it provides much food for thought and discussion within families as to choices, values, etc. Another plus - great location photography.


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