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Melanie (1982)

A young woman battles to regain custody of her son.


Rex Bromfield


Michael Green (story) (as Michael C. Green), Richard Paluck (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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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


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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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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Did You Know?


Carried Away
Written by Graham Nash (uncredited)
Performed by Crosby Stills & Nash (as Crosby, Stills and Nash)
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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Glynnis O'Connor...topless????
29 July 2006 | by waterguy3286See all my reviews

The movie storyline was original and the music, thank-you Burton Cummings of The Guess Who, was great! He really surprised me as both a comedic and dramatic actor. The rest of the cast for this low budget film endevor came off as quite good. A sleeper movie during the early 80's, it did quite well on cable. Hard to find on tape or DVD but shouldn't be too hard to find on e-bay. There were many toe-tapping moments during the film, but what really came as a shocker and quite a pleasant surprise was the fact that Miss O'Connor exposed her bare breast for the first time in front of the camera. NICE! This occurred within the first 15-20 minutes of the opening before she left home to move to California with a friend.

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