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Lantern Hill (1989)

Jane, a young Toronto girl, tries to reunite her estranged parents during the 1930's, sick of her strict private school and abusive, nasty grandmother.


Kevin Sullivan
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mairon Bennett Mairon Bennett ... Jane Stuart
Sam Waterston ... Andrew Stuart
Patricia Phillips Patricia Phillips ... Robin Stuart
Zoe Caldwell ... Mrs.Kennedy
Sarah Polley ... Jody Turner
Colleen Dewhurst ... Hepzibah
Vivian Reis Vivian Reis ... Aunt Irene
Joyce Campion Joyce Campion ... Violet Titus
Florence Paterson Florence Paterson ... Justina Titus
Sharry Flett Sharry Flett ... Lillian Morrow
Glori Gage Glori Gage ... Evelyn Morrow
Dora Dainton Dora Dainton ... Aggie
Robert Benson Robert Benson ... William Kennedy
London Juno London Juno ... Phyllis Kennedy (as Juno Mills Cockell)
Jillian Cook ... Gertrude Kennedy


In 1935 Toronto, Jane Stuart's mother has taken ill, and the two of them have temporarily moved in with her rich, snobbish grandmother, where Jane is verbally abused and her mother bullied. Jane is forced into a private academy, in which the other girls tell her that her father, whom Jane believes to be dead, is actually alive. Soon after, Andrew Stuart sends word that he would like to meet his long-lost daughter, so Jane is sent by train to Bright River to stay with him, where she encounters an old mystery that she must help her father overcome, new friends, and the chance to bring her father and mother back together again. Written by Stacy Saigeon

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Drama | Family

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Canada | USA



Release Date:

27 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jane of Lantern Hill See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Something Awful
23 May 2002 | by earbrassSee all my reviews

If you love the book, don't bother with this tepid adaptation that makes far more changes than necessary. The book is a real joy, and director Sullivan's supernatural additions are simply painful. The acting varies, from an excellent Waterston to well, the rest of the cast.

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