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Digging to China (1997)

PG | | Drama | 11 September 1998 (USA)
10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans ... See full summary »

Director:

Timothy Hutton

Writer:

Karen Janszen
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Complete credited cast:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Harriet Frankovitz
Kevin Bacon ... Ricky Schroth
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Gwen Frankovitz
Marian Seldes ... Leah Schroth
Cathy Moriarty ... Mrs. Frankovitz
Amanda Minikus Amanda Minikus ... Sonia
Nicole Burdette Nicole Burdette ... Miss Mosher
Bing Putney ... Eric (as Robert Putney)
Annie Jaynes Annie Jaynes ... Young Harriet
Joanne Pankow ... Nurse
Gareth Williams ... Tow Truck Driver #1
Alan Mruvka ... Tow Truck Driver #2
J.C. Quinn ... Minister
R. Keith Harris ... Flirting Man (as Keith Harris)
Nicole Namer Nicole Namer ... Girl in Classroom
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10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans for leaving and she finally does so together with her childlike (mentally ill) friend Ricky. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some emotional moments | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Evan Rachel Wood's movie debut. See more »

Goofs

Harriet's legs change position from shot to shot when she's coloring on the floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harriet: My mother lived in one world. I was always looking for another.
Harriet: Once I tried to squeeze down a rabbit hole.
[fire department arriving]
Harriet: Then I tried digging all the way to China.
[sparks fly]
Harriet: That's when I learned a mysterious electric force protected the center of the Earth. Then I tried to make the carpet from the front hall fly me to Persia.
Harriet: I always wish for the same two things, which are really only one thing. I want something magical to happen to me. And I wanted my mother to get ...
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Connections

Features Thunderbirds (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

El Lobo (The Wolf)
Written by Sol Lake and Harry Green
Performed by Herb Alpert
Courtersy of A&M Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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User Reviews

This is truly an unjustly ignored sleeper.
17 March 1999 | by zesty-4See all my reviews

This is a poignant film that few moviegoers are familiar with. It is redolent of such recent works as Manny & Lo (featuring Scarlett Johanssen, the girl from Horse Whisperer) and Lawn Dogs (a decidedly darker vehicle, starring Sam Rockwell). Don't pass this one by, if you have a heart.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Digging to China See more »

Filming Locations:

Cherokee, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,162, 13 September 1998

Gross USA:

$43,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,961
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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