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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)

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This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story. Jones here is portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero and now successful... See full summary »

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James Ivory

Writers:

Kaylie Jones (novel), James Ivory (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Bill Willis
Barbara Hershey ... Marcella Willis
Leelee Sobieski ... Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 14
Jane Birkin ... Mrs. Fortescue
Dominique Blanc ... Candida
Jesse Bradford ... Billy Willis, Age 14
Harley Cross ... Keith Carter
Isaach De Bankolé ... Mamadou (as Isaac De Bankole)
Macha Méril ... Madame Beauvier (as Macha Meril)
Nathalie Richard ... Mademoiselle Fournier
Anthony Roth Costanzo Anthony Roth Costanzo ... Francis Fortescue
Bob Swaim ... Bob Smith
Virginie Ledoyen ... Billy's Mother
Luisa Conlon Luisa Conlon ... Young Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 7
Samuel Gruen Samuel Gruen ... Benoit / Young Billy Willis, Age 7
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This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story. Jones here is portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero and now successful author who obviously drinks too much and is starting to experience health problems. Living in France with his wife, daughter, and an adopted son, the family travels an unconventional road that leaves all of them as outsiders to others. Preaching a sexual freedom, his daughter's sexual acceptance begins at an early age and betrays her when the family moves to Hanover in America. Her sexuality is definitely not the normal for American teens and gives her a bad reputation and outcasts her. Meanwhile her brooding brother struggles with his own inner turmoils about his early desertion in life. Only within the tight knit confines of his family is he comfortable to even speak. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The city of lights. A famous American author and the decade that changed a generation...forever.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La hija de un soldado nunca llora See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,517, 20 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,759,596, 22 November 1998
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Billy is shaving with shaving cream on his face while talking with Channe, but in the very next shot the shaving cream is gone. See more »

Crazy Credits

The cast part of the credits is divided into three parts: First "Billy" (1-27), Then "Francis" (28-41), and finally "Daddy" (42-51) See more »


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La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
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A writer's daughter can cry.
19 October 1998 | by lib-4See all my reviews

This is an sensitive exploration of the family and place. I noticed that Bill Willis was the only father in the picture, Billy and Francis did not have fathers. As a coming of age movie it really worked- for not only does Channe lose some of her innocence- it starts in the tree house- she also is able to accept her coming into adult status- as is evidenced by dumping the jock and losing some of her self-centeredness. I loved the character of Francis- boy/not sexually threatening- yet freeing for Channe by the fact of his flamboyance. Most of the parts of this movie fit together well- there is enough dichotomy- the mother can throw sand in the sadistic teacher's face, but she also crumbles at the death of an unborn child. Like us the characters are both strong and weak. At first I was bothered by the lack of reference to Vietnam- then I realized neither Billy nor Channe would be that affected like those of us who lived through that period. Most of all, Soldier's Daughter moved me to thinking how parents really influence their children. Any movie that foregoes bombs for thought is tops in my book.


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