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Anya's Bell (1999)

A blind woman (Della Reese) who collects bells and never leaves the house suddenly finds herself alone when her mother dies. Then a neighbor 12 year old boy (Mason Gamble), who others term ... See full summary »

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Tom McLoughlin

Writer:

David Alexander
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Della Reese ... Anya Herpick
Mason Gamble ... Scott Rhymes
Tom Cavanagh ... Patrick Birmingham
Nancy McLoughlin ... Lila
Kelly Rowan ... Jeanne Rhymes
Mary Parker Williams Mary Parker Williams ... Miss Jenkins
Clayton Taylor Clayton Taylor ... Billy
Hamilton Lucas Hamilton Lucas ... Rich
Curley Green Curley Green ... Preacher
Steve Anderson Steve Anderson ... Mr. Halstrom
Bob Eric Hart Bob Eric Hart ... Mr. Taft
Elizabeth Thornell Elizabeth Thornell ... Trudy Mullnucks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay Bernard Jay Bernard ... Clarence
Mary Bishop Mary Bishop ... Woman
Carlton Bluford Carlton Bluford ... Herby
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A blind woman (Della Reese) who collects bells and never leaves the house suddenly finds herself alone when her mother dies. Then a neighbor 12 year old boy (Mason Gamble), who others term as slow, becomes her friend. Together they both make new discoveries, the main one being that the boy suffers from dyslexia - a condition that none of his teachers or parents have discovered. The boy aids the older woman in learning to use a walking cane, so she can become mobile and better take care of herself. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anyan kellot See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Formulaic to the nth degree but it works!
6 April 2004 | by Renaldo MatlinSee all my reviews

"Anya's Bell" was somewhat disappointing in how the story was quite predictable, from beginning to end, but thankfully I was very happy (or sad if you will) to discover that it still managed to do what it's supposed to: jerk around the tear canals, and it does so very well.

But then again it's hard to go wrong when you got Della Reese, one of the best African American actresses of her generation and Mason Gamble, one of the best Caucasian child actors of his generation. They make such a wonderful and touching pair I would have liked to see them in an entire mini-series exploring their unique relationship even more so, and following them through several years (all though it would probably be physically impossible with a 13 year old in one of the leads).

Very formulaic but still very beautiful, touching and heartwarming, and a TV-movie not easily forgotten.

And what a touching last scene, when Scott makes sure Anya will always be with him, flying like the wind...


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