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Wildflower (1991)

An abused and partially deaf girl is helped back into society by two resourceful children.

Director:

Diane Keaton

Writers:

Sara Flanigan (book), Sara Flanigan (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Jack Perkins
Susan Blakely ... Ada Guthrie
William McNamara ... Sammy Perkins
Reese Witherspoon ... Ellie Perkins
Patricia Arquette ... Alice Guthrie
Norman Max Maxwell Norman Max Maxwell ... Ormand Guthrie
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Bessie Morgan
Richard K. Olsen ... Doc Murphy
Allison Smith Allison Smith ... Lisa Mae
Heather Lynch ... Bertha
Rob Priester Rob Priester ... David Butler (as Robert Priester)
Randy Williams Randy Williams ... Cletus
Rick Warner Rick Warner ... Minister
Charles McLawhorn Charles McLawhorn ... Mayor
E. Michael Hewett ... Ike (as Edward Michael Hewett)
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Storyline

One day Sammy and his younger sister Ellie happen upon a cabin where Alice, a young, partially deaf girl with epilepsy is being kept by her abusive stepfather. The three soon become friends and hope to get Alice an education and help her escape from the torture she undergoes daily. However, Alice's stepfather soon finds out about the friendship Alice has struck up and punishes her brutally. This story of friendship and youth shows that everyone is human and deserves to be treated so, no matter their disability or weakness. Written by David Rush

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wildflower See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Television debut of Reese Witherspoon. See more »

Quotes

Ellie Perkins: What do you say, Grammie? Will you tutor her?
Bessie Morgan: Tutor her? Child, I don't think my house can survive tutoring her....
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The Waltons meet Helen Keller ...
6 May 2003 | by j.pasteurSee all my reviews

Was genuinely moved by the content of this tale of extremes of human nature. The barbarity of keeping a young girl in a shed versus the humanitarian sincerity was handled well by actress-director Diane Keaton. Patricia Arquette in particular must have found it difficult to play her role as the disadvantaged AND hearing-impaired Alice, uttering her lines as a deaf woman... with all the embarrassment that must go with it.

Perhaps I have been alone too long. Or perhaps - over-educated and right after yet another vicious superpower vs. small nation war, with the subsequent revelations of bestial cruelty - I am still surprised by humankind's inhumanity to humankind.

But there are pinpricks of light out there, somewhere. And with that thought, Humankind still has, at the very least, some hope...


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