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Within These Walls (2001)

Imprisoned after a drug arrest and bitter from a life marred by tragedy, Joan Thomas wants nothing to do with the world around her. But when a nun with a tragic past invites Joan to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Joan Thomas
Laura Dern ... Sister Pauline Quinn
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Melinda Donovan (as Latanya Richardson)
Maria Herrera Maria Herrera ... Leda Cervantes
Lucinda Davis ... Eliza
Karen Glave
Lynne Adams Lynne Adams
Tony Calabretta ... Kelly
Kristin Fairlie ... Emily
Eve Crawford Eve Crawford ... Sister Katherine
Marium Carvell ... Eliza's Mother
Walter Alza ... Tito
Alison Darcy Alison Darcy ... Miranda
Danette Mackay Danette Mackay ... Emily's Mother (as Danette MacKay)
Tim Progosh ... Emily's Father
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Imprisoned after a drug arrest and bitter from a life marred by tragedy, Joan Thomas wants nothing to do with the world around her. But when a nun with a tragic past invites Joan to participate in an inmate rehabilitation program-training dogs to care for the handicapped-she experiences the freeing power of unconditional love for the first time. Based on the story of Sister Pauline Quinn. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Hope lives in unlikely places.

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La dernière chance See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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Homophobia
3 May 2007 | by ngamjoelSee all my reviews

The fact that a Lesbian was portrayed as the principal "bad-guy" is in poor taste and certainly inappropriate. It shows the continuance of mass-media homophobia. I am shocked that gifted actors such as Ellen Burstyn and Laura Dern would be willing to be in a film that portrayed their fellow females in such a degrading way. The fact that a prisoner is cruel to an animal is sufficient in itself to make her a bad person. Just adding the fact that this bad person is also a Lesbian bull duke on the make has nothing to do with the plot. This person could have been just a nasty Black if you want to take on another social inappropriate designation.


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