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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 3 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

Opening Weekend USA:

$588,869, 9 October 1988

Gross USA:

$5,194,491

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Filmed in 1986, not released until two years later. See more »

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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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See What The Lord Has Done
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Warm black and white story
21 May 2014 | by mmmunierSee all my reviews

I only caught "the rest of the movie" But seeing W Goldberg I decided to watch it and loved it. Young white American boy find out his parents will not stay together and has to deal with it. House Keeper W G is supposed to be Jamaican and it seems has "raised" this child along his parents and somehow has become part of the family all hierarchy still in vigor but not really imposed as it seems this family has much relied on her. Young David is also faced with a mystery with his allied house keeper and his growing up is doubly challenged by his own situation but also with his parent's substitute unclear past. I do have a lot of time for W G and enjoyed her performance never giving into over emotional yet displaying a genuine caring attitude. Some may find the final finding a little over the top, but I know sometimes reality can be larger than fiction so personality I go with the flow. I wonder why there are so few reviews...to each its own


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