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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 »

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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 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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$5,194,491
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According to Neil Patrick Harris' autobiography, the "Missing girl" on the milk carton in one scene is actually a picture of Alyssa Milano. See more »

Quotes

Dora: [in Jamaican patois] Where you get dis here white child Miz Blanche?
David Hart: [in Jamaican patois] She get me at a church bazaar. I was lef' dere in da manger.
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Referenced in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) See more »

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Brown Skin Girl
Words and Music by Norman Span
Sung and hummed by Clara and David throughout the film
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Clara's Heart is full if heart
11 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I recently caught this on TV, and gave it a chance based on the strength of Whoopi Goldberg. In his first acting role Neil Patrick Harris is David a teenager whose parents are in a crumbling marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara (Whoopi Goldberg) is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. After a rocky start she and David develop a close bond.

As much as I enjoy Goldberg's comedy roles like "Sister Act" I love it when she does serious work like this. She is an excellent dramatic actress, that should have had more top roles.

Patrick Harris is simply superb, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work here.

David's parents seem so self-absorbed and unconcerned about their son's welfare. I really felt sorry for him. The ending is not a "happily ever after" one, but also not horrible either.... it's nice to see something realistic for a change. It reminded me of the ending to Mrs Doubtfire.


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