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Clara's Heart (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | 7 October 1988 (USA)
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David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Joseph Olshan (novel), Mark Medoff (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Clara Mayfield
Michael Ontkean ... Bill Hart
Kathleen Quinlan ... Leona Hart
Neil Patrick Harris ... David Hart
Spalding Gray ... Peter Epstein
Beverly Todd ... Dora
Hattie Winston ... Blanche Loudon
Jason Downs ... Alan Lipsky
Caitlin Thompson Caitlin Thompson ... Celeste
Maria Broom ... Felicia
Wanda Christine Wanda Christine ... Lydia
Maryce Carter Maryce Carter ... Babs
Angel Harper Angel Harper ... Rita
Frederick Strother ... Bundy (as Fred Strother)
Joseph Muth Joseph Muth ... Father Joe (as Father Joseph Muth)
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Storyline

David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to new experiences, and eventually leading to a disturbing secret in Clara's past. Written by David Thaler <dathaler@comcast.net>

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Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Claras Geheimnis See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,194,491
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Neil Patrick Harris. See more »

Quotes

Catherine the decorator: Um David, what do you think of your dad's apartment?
David Hart: Well, it's pretty goddamn ostentatious if you ask me, but of course that's just a kid's opinion. I mean, I don't even speak Italian. Are you sexually involved with my father?
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Referenced in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) See more »

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Jamming
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers (as Bob Marley and The Wailers)
Courtesy of Island Records
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Funny, sad and realistic
13 June 2000 | by BeckySee all my reviews

I recently saw this movie for the second time. The first time I was 13 years old, and while I really enjoyed it then, it was certainly worth a second viewing as an adult. This movie has so many layers... Whoopi Goldberg is brilliant in her role as a Jamaican housekeeper, and both she and Neil Patrick Harris are quite witty... at times I found myself laughing out loud at their sarcastic banter. Besides making me laugh and cry, this movie also makes me angry... David's parents seem so self-absorbed and unconcerned about their son's welfare. I really felt sorry for him, and glad he had Clara. The ending is refreshing in that it is not a sappy "happily ever after", but also not horrible... it's nice to see something realistic for a change.


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