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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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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11 February 1976 (USA)  »

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Quality Television for Both Adults and Children
2 June 2006 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

I've not only seen The Shopping Bag Lady, but actually have an old faded video tape of the show that I just recently re-watched. Even through the jittery video and glitches, it still resonates and has power. There is realistic and well constructed dialogue that shows kids and reminds adults that people are complex and that there is more to what we see than what is apparent. My five year old niece and I watched this show originally, and we both still remember it. That's an indication of the power of a half an hour piece of television watched nearly thirty years ago. There isn't a soppy or mishandled line or characterization in the entire show. The Shopping Bag Lady is well worth seeking out.


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