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Melanie (1982)

PG | | Drama | 12 February 1982 (USA)
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 »




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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Never Far Apart
Words and Music by Murray McLauchlan
Sung by Yvonne Murray
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Love this movie!
12 August 2013 | by dzredhead-363-861122See all my reviews

I have loved this money ever since I saw it for the first time in 1982! initially, it may be the fact it is based on an Arkansas girl.....and I am PROUD to be one myself!

Love to actors and especially LOVE the soundtrack!

I have to say the only part I dislike, and I know it was for special "color".......is the scene where Glynnis (Melanie) and Carl (Don Johnson) are fighting and Don is wearing an "Arkansas Razorback" shirt! We do NOT support spousal abuse!!

Woooo Pigssss Soooiiieeeee! Go HOGS!!

If you have not seen this movie, find a way to see it!!


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12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

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