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An American Girl on the Home Front (2006)

Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front (original title)
Molly is a girl living in the year 1944 and WWII has brought many changes to Molly's life. An English girl comes to live with Molly's family to escape the bombings. They slowly become good friends.

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Based on several of the "Molly; An American Girl" books, this story is set in 1943 in the fictional town of Jefferson, Illinois during World War II. Molly McIntire and her family are learning to cope with the changes the war has brought to their close-knit family. Molly misses her father who went overseas to care for the wounded soldiers. As they try to keep things running smoothly, Molly enters a dance contest at school. She and her friends are lively, outgoing and always bursting with ideas. Also during this time a young girl named Emily comes from London England to live with the family and Molly learns the importance of getting along and pulling together. Written by Anon

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Brad, Molly's brother in the books isn't in the movie. See more »

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When Miss Campbell introduces her fiancé Lieutenant Davies to Molly and her friends, he wears infantry branch insignia on his uniform (crossed rifles lapel insignia and a blue Combat Infantryman's Badge above his breast pocket), but later Molly and her friends tell her mother that Lt Davies is in the Air Force. See more »

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Followed by McKenna Shoots for the Stars (2012) See more »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
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Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Music by John Stafford Smith
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Molly is set in Illinois during World War II. Through the young heroine's eyes, it tells the story of a changing world - Molly's, and the one around her.
2 January 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Molly was the hit of our Christmas week viewing. We had a mixed household - two girls, ages 8 and 10; their dad; me (50+); and great grandma. I'm giving the movie its excellent rating not simply because it's so highly enjoyable (and thought-provoking), but also because it held the interest of viewers with an age range spanning eight decades. How often can you say that? I didn't know what to expect (the two young viewers are American Girl fans) but found myself drawn to the story, and moved by it. The screenwriter and director have done a wonderful job of capturing both time (World War II) and place (middle America). There is a lovely mix of poignant moments and lighter scenes. Molly Ringwald surprised me with the depth of her portrayal, and the young actors are a pleasure to watch. The movie is never preachy, nor is it sugar-coated. I won't give away the final scene, but will say that during it our audience's two youngsters and their dad gave each other a spontaneous hug.


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