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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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy alagút Kínába See more »

Filming Locations:

Cherokee, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,162, 13 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,556, 20 September 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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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 ...
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Connections

Features Thunderbirds (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Last Train to Clarksville
Written by Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce (uncredited)
(Incorrectly credited to Tommy James instead of Tommy Boyce)
Performed by The Monkees
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
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Earnest and sometimes moving
12 April 1999 | by Jeremy-124See all my reviews

Timothy Hutton and the cast of "Digging to China" deserve an "A" for effort and for having their hearts in the right place. Despite some awkward writing and a not entirely successful performance by Kevin Bacon, this film mostly succeeds by making you feel the deep need the characters have to connect with one another. Some scenes feel contrived, but the performances overcome this for the most part. Bacon is OK once you get used to him, but his performance feels a bit studied and overly mannered -- it doesn't flow as naturally as Leonardo DiCaprio's similar performance in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"

This movie shares some plotting and themes with "Lawn Dogs" -- in both films an older man befriends a lonely and odd young girl; people misunderstand and violence results -- which to me was a better movie. But "Digging to China" certainly deserves more attention than its gotten. The performance of Evan Rachel Wood as Harriet is one of the most amazing performances by a young actor I've seen in ages.


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