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Melanie (1982)

A young woman battles to regain custody of her son.

Director:

Rex Bromfield

Writers:

Michael Green (story) (as Michael C. Green), Richard Paluck (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glynnis O'Connor ... Melanie
Paul Sorvino ... Walter
Burton Cummings ... Rick
Trudy Young Trudy Young ... Ronda
Don Johnson ... Carl
Donann Cavin Donann Cavin ... Ginny
Jamie Dick Jamie Dick ... Tyler
Jodie Drake Jodie Drake ... Eula
Lisa Dalbello Lisa Dalbello ... Marcie (as Lisa Del Bello)
Yvonne Murray Yvonne Murray ... Brandy
Martha Gibson Martha Gibson ... Waitress
Rocco Bellusci Rocco Bellusci ... Dana
David Wills David Wills ... Daryll Adrian
Jim Martin ... Sound Engineer
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Storyline

Melanie Daniel lives in a run down shack with her six-year old son Tyler in the rural community of Jasper, Arkansas, where she has lived all her life. Being illiterate, Melanie, in order to survive, depends on the money coming into the household from her husband, Carl, who is away in the military in California, who she hasn't seen in two years, and who she believes only married her because he got her pregnant. Believing that Tyler's life with Melanie is a dead end and that he potentially could end up illiterate like her, Carl, on his latest visit home, absconds with Tyler back to California. Melanie's motherly instinct kicks in and despite never having left Jasper and being ill-equipped to do so because of her illiteracy which she tries to hide from everyone, she takes a cross-country bus trip to get Tyler back. She arrives unannounced at the doorstep of her childhood friend Ronda. Ronda shares a house in the Hollywood hills with a musician named Rick, who is facing his own issues ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Non arrendersi mai See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

Shiny Silk Stockings
Written by Frank Foster (uncredited)
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Foster
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A true hidden gem
12 May 2002 | by budikavlanSee all my reviews

It's unfathomable why this film isn't more widely seen and loved. The tale of a young illiterate rural housewife who ventures to the big city to retrieve her child has so much to offer the average viewer: Melanie learns to read, falls in love, redeems the career of a dissolute singer. All the performances are terrific, especially that of Glynnis O'Connor, always an underappreciated talent. Burton Cummings of the Guess Who also gives a good performance, and throws in a few songs. Paul Sorvino and Don Johnson are also thrown into the mix. I recommend this to my friends and acquaintances every chance I get.


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