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An American Girl on the Home Front (2006)

Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family, War | TV Movie 26 November 2006
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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Molly McIntire
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Dr. James McIntire
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Emily Bennett
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Charlotte Campbell
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Jill McIntire
Andrew Chalmers ...
Richard 'Ricky' McIntire
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Mrs. Helen McIntire
Hannah Fleming ...
Susan Shapiro
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Linda Rinaldi
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Alison Hargate
Sarah Orenstein ...
Gladys Gilford
Eliza Jane Scott ...
Ms. Lavonda (as Eliza-Jane Scott)
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Aunt Eleanor
Mary Francis Moore ...
Ms. Littlefield
Elva Mai Hoover ...
Ms. Shaw
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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 Alison taps Molly's shoulder inviting Emily to tea after dance class, Molly puts her glasses on and takes her hands off. When the view switches back to Alison, Molly still has her hands on her glasses. See more »

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References Lassie Come Home (1943) See more »

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Hands down the worst American girl movie of all
13 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Due to having two daughters who are obsessive followers of the historical American girl dolls, I've read all the books and watched all the movies. I thought that the Samantha and the Felicity movies were exceptionally well done - true to the books and meaningful in presenting the time they represented for children. The same cannot be said for the Molly movie. This depressing and disjointed movie had little in common with the books and did little to illustrate the time period represented. The writing was just terrible - it made Molly look like a snotty, whining brat, had random cultural things dropped in just for effect(the jitterbug contest on the village green?), and was slow as molasses. I was truly dumbfounded at the poor quality of this film after the other two. Less focus on Molly being miserable and the constant deaths and more focus on the bravery and efforts of those on the homefront and what they were doing to assist the war effort and make due with what they had would have helped. More explanation was needed for children to understand - why would there be a scrap metal drive, or socks and blankets knitted, or rationing? None of it was explained, just dropped in the scenes in passing. The saccharin ending rang very false(I'm not saying what). That being said, the character of Emily and how her story was addressed was, I thought excellent and well handled. The acting was fine, if lacking in passion, but that was the problem with the film and script in general.


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