The Shopping Bag Lady (1976)

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Set In Manhattan's Central Park, this film is the poignant story of a teenage girl's encounter with a homeless old woman (movingly portrayed by distinguished actress Mildred Dunnock) who ... See full summary »

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Annie (Shopping Bag Lady)
Julie Wakefield ...
Emily
Holly Scott ...
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Eleanor Phelps ...
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Helen
William Bressant ...
Cop (as Bill Bressant)
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Girl In School
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Martin
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Set In Manhattan's Central Park, this film is the poignant story of a teenage girl's encounter with a homeless old woman (movingly portrayed by distinguished actress Mildred Dunnock) who carries all her belongings around in shopping bags. This encounter eventually leads to the girl's understanding of the problems of aging and the dignity of all individuals, regardless of their place in society. Written by Anonymous

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Edited into CBS Children's Film Festival: Shopping Bag Lady (1976) See more »

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Excellent for teaching empathy
23 January 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

This film is timeless in its attempt to help young people as well as people of all ages to empathize with people who are at the senior citizen stage. Through the eyes of a young girl, the viewer sees the shopping bag lady as a real person, someone who was young once and had a real life. Its simplicity and delicate handling of the subject make it a superior film for teachers to show. (If they complain about b&w, just tell them, "no film"...it worked for me! Jr. High Teacher


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