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The Angel Doll (2002)

PG | | Drama | 14 September 2002 (UK)
The story of two small town boys from different sides of the tracks: 1950's childhood and self-redemption. Young "Whitey" Black (so called because of a tuft of blanched hair on the left ... See full summary »

Director:

Alexander Johnston

Writers:

Alexander Johnston, Jerry Bledsoe (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Betsy Brantley Betsy Brantley ... Mary Barlow
Beatrice Bush Beatrice Bush ... Pearl Cumberland
Pat Hingle ... Noah Roudabush
Gil Johnson Gil Johnson ... Jack Barlow
Nick Searcy ... Col. Brandeis
Cody Newton Cody Newton ... Whitey Black
Michael Welch ... Little Jerry Barlow
Diana Scarwid ... Fronia Black
Keith Carradine ... Adult Jerry Barlow
Nick Angel Nick Angel ... Santa
Don Henderson Baker ... Somber Man
Calleigh Crumpler Calleigh Crumpler ... Emily
John Copeman ... Milkman Woodrow Jones
Christian Durango Christian Durango ... Randy Clark
Cordereau Dye Cordereau Dye ... Let Cumberland
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The story of two small town boys from different sides of the tracks: 1950's childhood and self-redemption. Young "Whitey" Black (so called because of a tuft of blanched hair on the left side of his head) lives in poverty with his single mother and ailing, four-year old sister, Sandy. Just across town, young Jerry Barlow lives the advantages of a middle class lifestyle with both parents and his younger brother. When mischief casts Whitey and Jerry into a shared paper route, Jerry quickly learns of Whitey's desire to buy his sister an angel doll for Christmas. Even though no such dolls exist in their hometown, Whitey, Jerry and a host of colorful characters set out in search of Sandy's gift. Along the way, reversals of fortune, theft, prejudice and, ultimately, the boy's friendship opens their eyes to the vastness of the small town around them. Written by trenton mcdevitt

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Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »
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This was writer/ director Alexander "Sandy" Johnston's final project. See more »

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A Little unknown film, destined to be a classic
10 December 2003 | by rwnealSee all my reviews

I was lucky that I had sister who read the book and bought the Video when if came out at Barnes Nobles. This movie never received any publicity that I'm aware of. I know it's based on a true story about a boy growing up in a small town near me. It's amazing how even living 15 miles away, I never heard of the movie. Anyway to get back to the movie, the only thing I saw wrong was some of piano music in the beginning was a little bit hokey. The movie will remind you a lot of "Stand by Me". The actors, who for the most part are little know, deliver great performances. This is low budget film like "Breaking Away was". It will steal your heart and give older parents fond Christmas memories. The movie leaves you to wonder what happened to the little boy named "Whitey".


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14 September 2002 (UK) See more »

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