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The Ponder Heart (2001)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 15 October 2001
Uncle Daniel Ponder moves to give away his fortune, while his niece, Edna Earle, tries to tighten the reins on Daniel's generosity. After Daniel marries teenager Bonnie Dee Peacock, her ... See full summary »

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Uncle Daniel
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Edna Earle Ponder
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Bonnie Dee Peacock
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Grandpa Ponder
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Narcissa Wingfield
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Ovid Springer
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Dorris Grabney
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DeYancey Clanahan
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Miss Teacake Magee
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Elsie Fleming
B.J. Hopper ...
Judge Waite
Shari Schneider ...
Eloise
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Talmadge
James Michael Bailey ...
Mr. Peacock
Judy Garwood ...
Mrs. Peacock
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Uncle Daniel Ponder moves to give away his fortune, while his niece, Edna Earle, tries to tighten the reins on Daniel's generosity. After Daniel marries teenager Bonnie Dee Peacock, her death leads to Daniel's trial for murder. Written by Anonymous

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The original Broadway production of "The Ponder Heart" by Gail Gilchriest opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on February 16, 1956 and ran for 149 performances. The Gail Gilchriest stage play was the basis for this filmed production. See more »

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Pleasant surprise - NOT boring!
5 January 2002 | by (Euless, Texas) – See all my reviews

I was expecting another well-acted, though sluggish Masterpiece Theater drama, but was pleasantly surprised to find an engaging and well-paced comedy. I often laughed out loud-something I almost never do watching television. Ms. Coolidge presents an exceptional adaptation of Eudora Welty's novel, as do the cast. Peter MacNicol gives great comic touches to the character of the lovably eccentric Uncle Daniel. Angela Bettis in the role of the childish southern lower-class girl with uncanny precision. This is the sort of story that would have made great Capra-Stewart film, but this version is sure worth a look. If you enjoyed `Oh Brother Where Art Thou', you'll probably like this witty view of 1930's southern life as well.


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