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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries ()


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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 more »

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Bill Willis
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Marcella Willis
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Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 14
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Mrs. Fortescue
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Candida
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Billy Willis, Age 14
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Keith Carter
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Mamadou (as Isaac De Bankole)
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Madame Beauvier (as Macha Meril)
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Mademoiselle Fournier
Anthony Roth Costanzo ...
Francis Fortescue
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Bob Smith
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Billy's Mother
Luisa Conlon ...
Young Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 7
Samuel Gruen ...
Benoit / Young Billy Willis, Age 7
Frédéric Da ...
Stephane (as Frederic Da)
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Miss O'Shaunessy
Sarah Haxaire ...
Mademoiselle Devereux
Marie Henriau ...
Social Worker
Pierre-Michel Sivadier ...
Mr. Flowers
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First Jock
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Mrs. Smith
Dominic Gould ...
Poker Player, Paris
Susan Gutfreund ...
Poker Player, Paris
Stéphanie Levin ...
Poker Player, Paris
Louis Niedleman ...
Poker Player, Paris
Anna Niedleman ...
Poker Player, Paris
Louis Saint Calbre ...
Poker Player, Paris (as Louis St. Calbre)
Freddy Stracham ...
Dancer
Véronique Bellegarde ...
Test Monitor
Miranda Raimondi ...
Melissa
Anne-Cécile Crapie ...
Mademoiselle Picot (as Anne-Cecile Crapie)
Eric Nacacche ...
Lawyer
Elizabeth Villeminot ...
Cassandra Smith
Catherine Villeminot ...
Mary-Ellen Smith
Florence Villeminot ...
Gillis Smith
Emma Scaife ...
Bethany
Anthony Decadi ...
Schoolyard Tease
Valérie Tolédano ...
Mademoiselle Fauchon (as Valerie Toledano)
Daniel Tepfer ...
Kevin
Alycia Fashae ...
Salomé, Soprano
Marcos Pujol ...
Herod, Baritone
Catherine Alcover ...
Hérodias, Mezzo-Soprano
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Real Estate Agent
Loretta Anawalt ...
Poker Player, Wilmington
Bruce Anawalt ...
Poker Player, Wilmington
Tammy Helm ...
Poker Player, Wilmington
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Poker Player, Wilmington
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Second Jock
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Steve Bates
Antoine Chain ...
Pierre Anloite (Billy's Father)
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Himself (interviewee on TV) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Hélène Arié ...
The Queen (uncredited)
Fanny Crawford ...
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Thierry la Fronde in Program on TV (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Pauline Kael ...
Herself (with Woody Allen) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Philippe Pelletier ...
Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Kawan Rojanatavorn ...
WWII Soldier (uncredited)
David Walen ...
New Years Band Singer (uncredited)

Directed by

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James Ivory

Written by

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Kaylie Jones ... (novel)
 
James Ivory ... (screenplay) &
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jane Barclay ... co-executive producer
Paul Bradley ... co-producer
Nayeem Hafizka ... executive producer
Sharon Harel ... co-executive producer
Richard Hawley ... executive producer
Ismail Merchant ... producer

Music by

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Richard Robbins

Cinematography by

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Jean-Marc Fabre

Film Editing by

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Noëlle Boisson ... (as Noelle Boisson)

Editorial Department

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Chris Bannister ... color timer
Jason Costelloe ... assistant picture editor: UK (as Jason Costello)
Brian Day ... second assistant editor: USA (as Bryan Day)
Gillean Dickie ... post-production administrator: UK
David Hamme ... assistant colorist
Gladys Joujou ... first assistant editor: UK
Jonathan Kaye ... second assistant editor: USA
Marla Shelton ... post-production coordinator: New York
John Dowdell ... telecine colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Tricia Tomey

Costume Design by

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Carol Ramsey

Makeup Department

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Janet Carey ... additional makeup artist
David Halsey ... assistant hair stylist: USA / assistant makeup artist: USA
Tina Harrelson ... assistant hair stylist: USA / assistant makeup artist: USA
Martina Kohl ... associate hair designer: France / associate makeup designer: France
Joël Lavau ... hair assistant: France (as Loel Lavau) / makeup assistant: France (as Loel Lavau)
Thomas Nellen ... key hair designer: France / key makeup designer: France
Tony Rocchetti ... hair assistant: France / makeup assistant: France

Production Management

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Rahila Bootwala ... unit production manager: France
Philippe Groff ... unit production manager
Richard Hawley ... unit production manager: USA
Michel Imbert ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Maud Baignères ... third assistant director: France
Gaëtan de Laugardière ... third assistant director: France
George Every ... second assistant director: France
Christopher Granier-Deferre ... first assistant director: France
Richard Hawley ... first assistant director: USA
Stephan Miller ... second second assistant director
Stephanie P. O'Brien ... second assistant director: USA (as Stephanie O'Brien)
Vincent G. Gonzales ... second second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Jane Beck ... assistant props: USA
Gerard Bouguet ... head carpenter: France
Jacques Bufnoir ... production designer: France
Adam Cameron ... set dresser: USA
Jean-Michel Chantrel ... curtain constructor: France / upholstery constructor: France
James Paul Dallas ... art department assistant: USA
Thurston Edwards ... assistant prop buyer: USA
James Edward Ferrell Jr. ... set decorator: USA (as James Ferrell)
John France ... on-set dresser: USA
Pat Garner ... production designer: USA
Marie-Noëlle Giraud ... set dresser: France (as Marie-Noelle Giraud)
Vernon Harrell ... property master: USA
Wil David Johnson ... greensman: USA
Cynthia La Jeunesse ... assistant set decorator: USA (as Cindy La Jeunesse)
Andrew Litvack ... artistic associate
Bruno Madesclaire ... property buyer: France
Jean-Pierre Masson ... construction grip: France
Joe McGuire ... set dresser: USA
Henri Moisan ... property master: France
Stephen C. Peterman ... leadman: USA (as Stephen Peterman)
Victor Piazza ... head painter: France
Jean Poinot ... construction manager: France
Per-Olof Renard ... art director: France
Greg Sasser ... greensman: USA
Pierre Sicre ... stand-by props: France
Linwood Taylor ... art director: USA
Kenneth Tregembo ... head painter: USA
Dana Windsor ... production assistant (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Tim Cavagin ... sound re-recordist: Twickenham Film Studios
Michel Filippi ... adr: France
Anne Gould ... assistant sound editor: UK (as Annie Gould)
Dean Humphreys ... sound re-recordist: Twickenham Film Studios
Ludovic Hénault ... sound (as Ludovic Henault)
Craig Irving ... sound re-recordist: Twickenham Film Studios
Jean-Luc Laborde ... boom operator: France
Jacques Leroide ... foley editor: UK
Nick Lowe ... dialogue editor: UK
Colin Miller ... supervising sound editor: UK
Michael Piotrowski ... boom operator: U.S. (as Mike Piotrowski)
Alastair Sirkett ... assistant sound editor: UK
Nick Watson ... sound consultant: Dolby

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Grégoire Delage ... rain effects: France (as Gregoire Delage)
William Purcell ... special effects: USA

Stunts

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Dean Mumford ... stunt coordinator: USA
Roland Neunreuther ... stunt coordinator: France

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eric Bartsch ... key grip: USA
Guy-Auguste Boléat ... key grip: France (as Guy-Auguste Boleat)
Jim Bridges ... still photographer
Glen Brown ... assistant camera: USA (as Glen Brown)
Glen Ade Brown ... assistant camera
Scott Canfield ... electrician: USA
Dan Cornwall ... best boy electric: USA
Kelly Curry ... best boy grip: USA
Lynn Dodson ... gaffer: USA
Laurent Duquesnoy ... grip: France
Jason Harris ... camera loader: USA
Laurel Hughes ... second assistant camera: USA
Eric Jennings ... electrician: USA
Elin Kirschfink ... second assistant camera: France (as Elin Kirscheink)
Hervé Lodé ... second assistant camera (as Hervé Lode)
Philippe Lu ... gaffer: France
Mark C. McManus ... playback operator: USA (as Mark McManus) / video assist operator (as Mark McManus)
Frédéric Menut ... best boy electric: France (as Frederic Menut)
Marc Monnaye ... electrician: France
Pascal Payet ... grip: France
Seth Rubin ... still photographer: France
Marie Spencer ... assistant camera: France
Carole Tizon ... third assistant camera: France
Dick Van Newkirk ... dolly grip: USA
Simon Carey ... additional electrician (uncredited)
Jeffery J. Tufano ... additional camera operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Tracy Kilpatrick ... casting: Wilmington
Marion Tenet ... extras casting: France
Annette Trumel ... casting: France

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eve-Marie Arnault ... associate costume designer: France
Jeanie Baker ... set costumer: USA
Azmin Jaffer ... costumer: France
Dennisse Kane ... set costumer: USA (as Denisse Kane)
Anjali Lenglet ... costumer: France
Leigh Leverett ... assistant costume designer: USA
Rosalida Medina ... costumer: USA
Anne Micolod ... costumer: France
Mary Sheldon ... cutter/fitter: USA
Verena O'Connor ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Nadine Chaussonnière ... unit location manager: France (as Nadine Chaussoniere)
Louis F. DiFelice ... unit location manager: USA (as Louis Di Felice)
Pierre Dreyfus ... assistant location manager: France
Vincent Garenq ... location assistant
Laetitia Gre ... location trainee: France
Jean-Luc Lucas ... assistant location manager: France
Abel Monem ... assistant location manager: France
Ryan Schaetzle ... assistant location manager: USA

Music Department

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Geoff Alexander ... orchestrator
John Bell ... music arranger: jazz arrangements
Matt Dunkley ... music preparation
Harry Rabinowitz ... conductor
Kirsty Whalley ... score recording engineer / score mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Chuck Flynn ... transportation coordinator: USA
Scott Glen ... transportation captain: USA
Christophe Martin ... period vehicles: France
Scott Siler ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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Alberto Abraham Amar ... production coordinator
Karin Bootwala ... tutor: France
Davis Canady ... dance instructor: USA
Catherine Cary ... production office assistant: France
Caroline Charlety ... production office assistant: France
Melissa Chung ... production coordinator: France
Patrick Crawford ... production trainee: USA
Deborah Devgan ... production office assistant: USA (as Deborah Deygan)
Brigitte Galea ... assistant production accountant: France
Philippe Gallichet ... chef
Pierre Geismar ... production trainee: France
Heidi Gilbert ... set production assistant: USA
Vincent G. Gonzales ... key set production assistant: USA (as Vincent Gonzales)
Michel Imbert ... production trainee: France
Dione Kirby ... craft service: USA
Sunil Kirparam ... production accountant: France
Johanna Klingenberger ... assistant accountant: USA
Mike Marcucci ... researcher
Dara McQuillan ... post production coordinator
Eric Plassing ... tutor: France
Kathy Rayle ... production office assistant: USA (as Kathy Parthemos)
Shannon Rippy ... production coordinator: USA
Kelley Sims ... office assistant
Samantha Timmerman ... script supervisor: France
Dmitri Vigneswaren ... production office coordinator: UK
Adam Yager ... set production assistant: USA
Amy Zaltzman ... assistant production coordinator: USA

Thanks

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Hannah Block ... acknowledgment: "The Jim Burns Show"
Jim Burns ... acknowledgment: "The Jim Burns Show"
Paul Jenkins ... thanks: loan of paintings by Paul Jenkins
Suzanne Jenkins ... thanks: loan of paintings by Paul Jenkins
Andrew Litvack ... thanks: coaching and directing French language section of "Billy"
Robert Palm ... thanks: his support
Mark L. Stricklin ... thanks: L'Ecole Active Bilingue

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The city of lights. A famous American author and the decade that changed a generation...forever. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La fille d'un soldat ne pleure jamais (France)
  • Die Zeit der Jugend (Germany)
  • La hija de un soldado nunca llora (Spain)
  • Elämän sylissä (Finland)
  • En krigers datter græder aldrig (Denmark)
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Runtime
  • 127 min
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Did You Know?

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Goofs The family is watching Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) on TV, which was not even released to theatres until 1974, but we later see a date on a gravestone of 1973 (which means the TV scene was probably set in 1972, since there was an intervening New Year's Eve scene). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in One True Thing/Rush Hour/A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries/Permanent Midnight/Touch of Evil/Chicago Cab (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Amarra el porto en la dura 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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