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80 Steps to Jonah (1969)

G | | Drama | 1 December 1969 (USA)
A young man hiding from the law takes refuge in a summer camp for blind children.

Director:

Gerd Oswald

Writers:

Frederick Louis Fox (screenplay) (as Frederic Louis Fox), Frederick Louis Fox (story) (as Frederic Louis Fox) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Newton ... Mark Jonah Winters
Jo Van Fleet ... Nonna
Keenan Wynn ... Barney Glover
Diana Ewing ... Tracy Rutledge
Mickey Rooney ... Wilfred Bashford
Sal Mineo ... Jerry Taggart
R.G. Armstrong ... Mackray
Slim Pickens ... Scott
Frank Schuller Frank Schuller ... Witney
Dennis Cross Dennis Cross ... Maxon
Brandon Cruz ... Little Joe Wilson
Erin Moran ... Kim
Teddy Quinn Teddy Quinn ... Richard
Michele Tobin Michele Tobin ... Cathy
Susan Mathews Susan Mathews ... Velma
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Nevada police take into custody drifter Mark Jonah, although he claims he was an innocent hitchhiker, after the crash of a stolen car in which hoodlum Jerry Taggart is killed. Mark escapes and, while sleeping in a field two days later, is awakened when an eight-year-old blind girl, Nina, stumbles over him. Nina leads Mark to three other blind children---Kim, Little Joe and Cathy. The youngster's, sensing Mark's gentleness, take him to their summer camp for blind children. There, he meets Tracy, a girl his own age who is also blind. He is mistaken for the camp's new handyman by Tracy's housekeeper, Nonna, who views him with suspicion, and also meets the other children, Richard, Velma and Pepe. The children learn to love Mark, whom they follow everywhere, as their Pied Piper figure. Led by tough Barney Glover, the police finally catch up to Jonah. But a well-known local character, Wilfred Bashford, clears Mark, who returns to Tracy and his new "family." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Wayne Newton's only lead role in a motion picture. After this movie bombed, he didn't appear in another film for twenty years. The film was the James Bond 007 flick Licence to Kill (1989) See more »

Goofs

Hearing footsteps behind her, one of the blind children turns and addresses another child by name, even though the girl had not spoken and there was no way to distinguish her from other children wandering around. See more »

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If I Could Be to You
Music & lyrics by Wayne Newton & Don Vincent
Performed by Wayne Newton
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Why does no one carry this masterpiece?
9 June 2002 | by clcainSee all my reviews

I watched this movie when I was so young that I can hardly remember what it is called. I went to my local video stores and they all had books and said that if it was not in their books it was not a movie. All the books you could look up the actors name. It said nothing about this movie when I looked under Wayne Newton. I just have to say I think a lot of people are missing out by not seeing this movie. I was very compelled when I saw it as a young boy and now hope to be compelled again. I just want to thank the people at IMDB.com for being so extensive in their movie selection.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

80 Passos para a Felicidade See more »

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