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The Dollmaker (1984)

Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband ... See full summary »

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Writers:

Susan Cooper (teleplay), Hume Cronyn (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Gertie Nevels
Levon Helm ... Clovis
Amanda Plummer ... Mamie
Susan Kingsley Susan Kingsley ... Sophronie
Ann Hearn ... Max
Robert Swan ... Victor (as Bob Swan)
Geraldine Page ... Mrs. Kendrick
Jason Yearwood Jason Yearwood ... Reuben
David Brady Wilson David Brady Wilson ... Enoch
Starla Whaley Starla Whaley ... Clytie
David Dawson David Dawson ... Amos
Nikki Creswell Nikki Creswell ... Cassie
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ... Joe
Dan Hedaya ... Skyros
Christine Ebersole ... Miss Vashinski
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Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband Clovis (Levon Helm) to Detroit when he finds work during World War II. One setback follows another and shattering tragedy strikes the family. It's all up to Gertie to find new strength, courage and determination to keep her family together and strong. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dollmaker - Ein Traum wird wahr See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In 1985, along with Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek, Jane Fonda was invited to testify before the House Democrats' farm task force dealing with the emotional toll of the financial stress experienced by farmers in the early 1980's. The three actresses were invited to this Capitol Hill meeting due to their film performances as troubled farmers in many films during that era: Fonda's performance in this film, Spacek in The River (1984) and Lange in Country (1984). See more »

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Moving, well-acted, great story.
25 June 2001 | by szokiaSee all my reviews

Very well-acted, well-cast, moving story of a poor backwoods family struggling to survive. All the acting is great, even the children's. Probably Jane Fonda's finest work to date. The story is deep and well-plotted too. One of my favorite movies of all time. Doesn't come around often enough.


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