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80 Steps to Jonah (1969)

A young man hiding from the law takes refuge in a summer camp for blind children.


Gerd Oswald


Frederick Louis Fox (screenplay) (as Frederic Louis Fox), Frederick Louis Fox (story) (as Frederic Louis Fox) | 1 more credit »




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


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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Release Date:

1 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

80 Passos para a Felicidade See more »

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When Jonah arrives at the children's camp, everyone is preparing to eat breakfast even though near lack of shadows indicate that it's just before or just after noon. See more »


It's Such a Lonely Time of Year
Music & lyrics by Al Gorgoni & Chip Taylor
Performed by Wayne Newton
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This movie really touched my heart
20 October 2004 | by aprilspears79See all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie in years but have always held onto the great feelings it gave me watching it. It's a wonderful, heartwarming film that I have told many people about over the years. My sister and I were talking about it just the other day too. I wasn't sure if she remembered it and when we started talking about it, it occurred to me that I could try and find it on line. I have wondered often how I could find it to purchase as well, if anyone knows, please let me know. thank you if you haven't seen this movie....do! and enjoy!

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