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Caroline? (1990)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 29 April 1990
A mysterious woman claiming to be the deceased daughter of a rich man tries to solve the problems of his untrusting son and supposedly mentally handicaped daughter. But one question stands in her way: is she really Caroline?

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writers:

E.L. Konigsburg (novel), Michael De Guzman (teleplay)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Caroline
Pamela Reed ... Grace Carmichael
George Grizzard ... Paul Carmichael
Patricia Neal ... Miss Trollope
Dorothy McGuire ... Flora Atkins
Shawn Phelan Shawn Phelan ... Winston Carmichael
Jenny Jacobs Jenny Jacobs ... Heidi Carmichael
Libby Whittemore Libby Whittemore ... Bunny
John Evans ... Winston as Adult
Barbara Britt Barbara Britt ... Hilary
John Bennes John Bennes ... Simmons
Judith Sullivan Judith Sullivan ... Agnes
Mary Nell Santacroce Mary Nell Santacroce ... Aunt Helen
Dan Albright Dan Albright ... Mr. Phillips
Warde Q. Butler ... Randolph
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Storyline

A woman named Caroline reappears after a 14-year absence, during which time she was thought to have died in a plane crash. Claiming to be the daughter of wealthy Paul Carmichael from his first marriage, she explains that she didn't board the plane, and had used the chance to flee her shallow debutante lifestyle. Paul's new wife, Grace, is deeply suspicious of the woman's story -- especially since Caroline stands to inherit a fortune. Written by Jwelch5742

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Caroline? (#39.3) See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A TV movie made for the CBS network. See more »

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A haunting, genuinely captivating film
30 December 2004 | by BaileySEASee all my reviews

Caroline? a made-for-TV movie based on the E.L. Konigsburg novel (teleplay by Michael DeGuzman) is a superior movie of the highest order. Being part mystery, part topical storytelling, it takes the viewer into the lives of a well to do family with a few skeletons. Seemingly Caroline Carmichael dies in a plane accident 15 years ago, or did she? Her father believes the girl claiming to be her, or does he? Now you won't guess why she's come back, or will you? Deftly played by Stephanie Zimbalist, Caroline is much richer in spirit than the old Caroline seemed to be. Caroline returns just before the deadline to claim her Grandmother Adkins inheritance. This is a matter of consternation for her father's younger wife. Caroline returns to find she has a half brother and sister and a suspicious stepmother. George Grizzard, Pamela Reed, the late Shawn Phelan and Jenny Jacobs play her present family. As Caroline becomes involved in the lives of the Carmichaels she learns family secrets galore. Rounding out the wonderful cast are the great Patricia Neal, the phenomenal Dorothy McGuire and Mary Nell Santacroce. To tell more would be scandalous. This was originally shown on CBS television in 1990 as a Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation. By the way, this won an Emmy for Best Television Movie or Special. When you need an inspirational movie to get you through the day, put this in your VCR, you won't be disappointed.


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