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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.


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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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 »


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 »


Tender Loving Care
Music & lyrics by Wayne Newton & Don Vincent
Performed by Wayne Newton, Brandon Cruz, Erin Moran, Teddy Quinn, Michele Tobin, Susan Mathews & Lilly Martens
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23 August 2004 | by athena_schutteSee all my reviews

I watched this movie when I was about 12 years old. I was spending the night with my Grandmother in the late 70's and we happened to be up late talking. This movie came on the late night movie and it has stuck in my memory. My Grandmother and I both loved this movie and we went through many tissues. My Grandmother passed away about 8 year ago and one of my many fondest memories with her was the night we watched this movie together. I would love to see this movie again. I have only saw it once and it made a great impact on me. Any recomendations to where I may be able to rent it would be greatly appreciated. I would definitely rate this a must see movie. (They don't make em' like this anymore.)

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