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The Secret Path (1999)

A drama about a young, neglected white girl in the rural South who, with the help of an unlikely couple, finds the solace and nurturing needed to transform her downtrodden life.


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Rose Mary Evans (book), Bill C. Davis (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Della Reese ... Honey
Crystal Bernard ... Marie Foley
Madeline Zima ... Jo Ann Foley (age 14)
Yvonne Zima ... Jo Ann (age 7)
Ron White ... Hank Foley
Yolanda King Yolanda King ... Ms. Evelyn
Ossie Davis ... Too Tall
Brenda Bazinet ... Grandma Foley
William Greenblatt William Greenblatt ... Bobby Foley (child)
Lynda Mason Green Lynda Mason Green ... JoAnn age 40 (as Lyn Mason Green)
David Roemmele David Roemmele ... Bobby age 15
Zachary Bennett ... Young Paul
Johnie Chase ... Dr. Joe
Aimée Castle ... Lydia (as Aimee Castle)
Vince Corazza ... Karl


The young daughter of an abusive grandfather finds happiness when she is with an older black couple. Her mother tries to overcome the family's problems, but is constantly beat back by her controlling father. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Release Date:

4 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing Secrets See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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Based on Rose Mary Evan's autobiography Childhood's Thief: One Woman's Journey of Healing from Sexual Abuse. See more »

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A walk on the sad sad.. beautifully done
3 May 2005 | by spirit-40See all my reviews

The secret path, saw it today on Lifetime. Oh my goodness, what can I say except I loved it. I thought the story was so sad and yet there was hope laced throughout the story. Just when you think it can't be any worse, the child runs towards hope and love.

I was glued to the TV and when they reran it, watched it again. I cried, I got upset, I got angry and I came to the internet to find a book on it, wondering about those unanswered questions. I did find the book online, and it seems so much more than the movie, so much more abuse really happened to the character JoAnn in real life than the movie dictates. I've ordered the book and am waiting anxiously to read it.

I'd recommend this movie to anyone to see. As an sexually abused child it touched a few nerves, and yet ended up same as my life, on an uplifted note. Hope. Healing. Learning. Self mending.

Special note the family actors playing the lead role at different ages was a brilliant idea. Kudos.

To the real Joann, I'm glad you sought help, and I'm so very glad Dr. Evans could help you. I hope you only see and find joy in your life, and when life isn't so great, know that there's an entire world that wishes you all the best the world has to offer, be well.

Book - Childhood's Thief : One Woman's Journey of Healing from Sexual Abuse By: ROSE MARY EVANS (Think it's out of print BTW)

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