Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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The lonely, loveless life of a shy bachelor takes an astounding turn when he buys a special doll, exquisitely hand-crafted by a mysterious German toymaker. He tries to track down the woman who modeled for it.

Director:

Phil Joanou

Writers:

Steven Spielberg (developer), Joshua Brand (developer) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
John Lithgow ... John Walters
Anne Helm ... Mary Dickenson (as Annie Helm)
Sharon Spelman ... Sally
John Christopher Jones John Christopher Jones ... Vin Colbeck
Rain Phoenix ... Doris (as Rainbow Phoenix)
Albert Hague ... Mr. Liebemacher
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The lonely, loveless life of a shy bachelor takes an astounding turn when he buys a special doll, exquisitely hand-crafted by a mysterious German toymaker. He tries to track down the woman who modeled for it.

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The surname of the shopkeeper is a German compound word meaning Love/Maker. See more »

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John Walters: I know I'm not much to look at, but there is the added bonus that I don't have any money, either!
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Lithgow steals the show
2 November 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE DOLL is one of the better AMAZING STORIES episodes I've watched and the success is down to the fine and underrated actor John Lithgow. The tale is about an eccentric guy in his 40s who falls in love with a doll and becomes obsessed with tracking down the model who posed for it. In essence this is a story that requires Lithgow to talk to himself for nearly the entire running time and he does very well in the part.

Lithgow's trademark eccentricity is in full force here and he manages to summon up tragedy, humour, and warmth in his character. The ending offers some sentimental stuff but it's not as cloying as in, say, a Spielberg-directed or written story. My only real problem with AMAZING STORIES as a show is that it's always light, family friendly fare, avoiding the darkness of touch seen elsewhere in MONSTERS or TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE. Had it been a little darker I would have liked it better.


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