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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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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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Storyline

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

Although they play mother and daughter, Mary Stuart Masterson is only six years younger than her on-screen mother Cathy Moriarty. 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 Davey and Goliath (1960) 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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1 April 2001 | by jowidagSee all my reviews

Awesome movie, people. Not the best, but awesome. I saw this movie a while ago so I'll have to rely on what I remember. This movie had a wonderful story. It was very moving, for me, in the way that it showed great character depth. In other words, it showed people as they are, and gave you another perspective on how people see the world and the people who live on it. It showed why people act they way they do, and what you can do to help people. I don't see how anyone, after watching a movie like this one, could not be moved, possibly enough to reach out to someone and help them.


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