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Message to My Daughter (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 12 December 1973
A confused teenager discovers a stack of tapes recorded years earlier by her dying mother.


Rita Lakin

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonnie Bedelia ... Janet Thatcher
Martin Sheen ... John Thatcher
Kitty Winn ... Miranda Thatcher
Neva Patterson ... Mrs. Oliver
Mark Slade ... Dave Hanley
Jerry Ayres Jerry Ayres ... Steve
King Moody King Moody ... Frank
Bob Goldstein Bob Goldstein ... Phil
Lucille Benson ... Woman on Train
John Crawford ... Abortionist
John Lasell John Lasell ... Doctor
Richard McMurray Richard McMurray ... Mr. Oliver
Jan Shutan Jan Shutan ... Lorraine
Peg Shirley ... Mother on Train
Della Thomas Della Thomas ... Abortionist's Contact


A confused teenager discovers a stack of tapes recorded years earlier by her dying mother.

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Tape recordings are the only link between mother and daughter See more »




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Release Date:

12 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kjære Miranda See more »

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Production Co:

Metromedia Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Salem's Lot
8 April 2005 | by richard.fuller1See all my reviews

I'm watching it as I type.

Bonnie Bedelia. I am always reminded of how beautiful she is and that she looks like Molly Shannon, formerly of Saturday Night Live, I think, anyway.

I had heard of her Oscar nominated performance in "Heart Like A Wheel" a movie about race car driver Shirley Muldowney, and I knew Bedelia was in the Die-hard movies, two of them anyway.

I looked her name up to see what else she might have done that I had seen.

Message to My Daughter, a 1973 telemovie.

About the right time. A quick read of the plot confirmed it. This is what I saw way back then.

I didn't watch all of it, but it seemed incredibly intriguing, and I do remember the abortion attempt, but she changed her mind.

It was the year of Roe v. Wade.

So was this movie pro abortion or anti abortion? 1973 wasn't a tame year for subject matter, but it is astonishing that more isn't heard about this film.

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