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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 »

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Karen Janszen
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Cast

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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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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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Evan Rachel Wood's movie debut. See more »

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

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[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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Soul Sauce
Written by Dizzy Gillespie (as D. Gillespie) and Chano Pozo (as C. Pozo)
Performed by Cal Tjader
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Touching, Sad, moving performances
26 February 2004 | by IsobelFisherSee all my reviews

I turned this movie on about halfway through, so I've yet to see the entire thing, but I was crying within minutes. I have NEVER liked Kevin Bacon, for no real reason other than he was in "Wild Things" which I thought was absolutely horrible. His performance as Ricky had me crying in just a few minutes, at the friendship Ricky and Harriet shared that no one else could touch. The end upset me greatly as I always hope for happy endings and would've loved to see Harriet grown up and revisiting her old friendship, or something along those lines... but I'm a sap that always wants a happy ending. ;) In any case, this one movie has completely changed my opinion and made me respect Kevin Bacon utterly for not only taking such a challenging role, but moving me to tears in it. Evan Rachel Wood was awesome as well, and I had no idea she'd been "around" for this long! A wonderful movie, even though the ending left me feeling a bit ripped off.


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