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What Katy Did (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 1999
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A 13-year-old girl is more than her widowed father can handle at times, even with help from her aunt, until a tragic accident changes her outlook on life.


Olivia Hetreed (screenplay by), Susan Coolidge (from the novel by)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Pill ... Katy Carr
Megan Follows ... Cousin Helen
Martha Burns ... Aunt Izzie
Kevin Whately ... Dr. Philip Carr
Sophie Bennett ... Elsie Carr
Michael Cera ... Dorry Carr
Bryn McAuley ... Joanna Carr
Brittany Allen ... Cecy Hall
Patrick Thomas Patrick Thomas ... Ned
Jan Rubes ... Dr. Reinhart
Dean Stockwell ... Tramp
Catherine Fitch Catherine Fitch ... Debbie
Gerry Mendicino Gerry Mendicino ... Signor Rinaldo
Vickie Papavs ... Mrs. Hall
Karen Kennedy Karen Kennedy ... Coffee Shop Woman (as Karen Kenedy)


A 13-year-old girl is more than her widowed father can handle at times, even with help from her aunt, until a tragic accident changes her outlook on life.

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1999 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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In one off-color "Tonight Show" monologue, Johnny Carson fictitiously referred to the titles in the series as "What Katy Did", "What Katy Did Next", and "Son of Katy". See more »


When Elsie awakens in the night and walks across the hall, having heard Katy fall, her hair is clearly in braids. When she enters Katy's room her hair is loose, although only a few seconds have passed. See more »


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another movie leads to good classic book
15 February 2016 | by mortilynSee all my reviews

Megan Follows is why I picked out the movie in the first place. It was her Anne of Green Gables series that lead me to my favorite literary heroine, and this seems to be the same. The backdrop of the Canadian countryside is splendid as in the Anne films, assuming the Ontario countryside. I look forward to reading the books soon. I wish I had found these when I was a girl... a new favorite to discover. I know sometimes movies never do books justice, but at least they open a door to a new literary world... not sure how I missed Katy.

I do feel like they could have done a bit more with character development and historical context. I would think depending on the child and their circumstances, age 8 would be appropriate to share. It does have challenging, realistic themes, but I do believe it might lead to "teachable" moments and good conversation.

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