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Joni (1979)

Based on Joni Eareckson's autobiography. She becomes paralyzed after breaking her neck in a swimming accident at age 17. Trying to cope with her new life, she learns to paint using her mouth and finds strength in her new Christian faith.

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James F. Collier
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joni Eareckson Tada Joni Eareckson Tada ... Joni
Bert Remsen ... John Eareckson
Katherine De Hetre ... Jay Eareckson
Cooper Huckabee ... Dick Filbert
John Milford ... Dr. Sherrill
Jay W. MacIntosh ... Lindy Eareckson
Louise Hoven Louise Hoven ... Diana
Michael Mancini Michael Mancini ... Don Bertolli
Cloyce Morrow Cloyce Morrow ... Barbara Marshall
Richard Lineback ... Steve Estes
Sarah Rush ... Kathy Eareckson
Jeff Austin ... Butch
Cheryl Harvey Cheryl Harvey ... Betty
Ernie Hudson ... Earl
Barbara Mallory ... Ann Wilson
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Based on Joni Eareckson's autobiography. She becomes paralyzed after breaking her neck in a swimming accident at age 17. Trying to cope with her new life, she learns to paint using her mouth and finds strength in her new Christian faith.

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She built her future on shattered dreams See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

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Journey's End
Music by Tedd Smith
Lyrics by Rob Tregenza
Performed by Joni Eareckson Tada
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This is a true story with gut
26 July 2004 | by unionboy2See all my reviews

This movie was made very uniquely...in that Joni Earickson played herself (while she was paralysed, as you might guess).

Her two autobiographies (she has written other books also) are "Joni" and "Choices, Changes". The first bis what the movie is based on, the second is about her time making the movie and meeting her now-husband of 15+ years.

The movie shows Joni jump into a lake, then brake her neck. It follows her struggles with being sorry for herself and her rise to become an internationally renowned speaker. She also is a strong Christian. Her faith acts as a thread, tying her struggles and triumphs together.

If you want drama, you've got it. Suspense, you've got it.

Romance? - here it is

Directed with heart and a taste for what real living is....

you've read Jonathan's take, On

JONI!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1979 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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