In 1899, Mandie's life changes when her Cherokee friends help her escape to a mansion that holds the hidden secrets of her past and the key to her future.


Joy Chapman, Owen Smith





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Jones ... Jason Bond
Lexi Johnson ... Amanda / Mandie Shaw
William Yelton William Yelton ... Joe Woodard (as William Smith Yelton)
Amanda Waters Amanda Waters ... Polly
Gezell Fleming ... Aunt Lou
Adam Boyer ... Jim Shaw
Angela Oberer ... Etta Shaw
Martin Thompson ... Zach Hughes
Shayne Kohout Shayne Kohout ... Gaynelle Snow
Dave Blamy ... Bayne Locke
Brandi Nicole Feemster Brandi Nicole Feemster ... Liza
Craig Reuben Craig Reuben ... Uncle Ned
Mary McQuaig Mary McQuaig ... Young Mandie
Steven St. Gelais ... Young Joe
Lauren Gibson Lauren Gibson ... Young Irene


In 1899, Mandie's life changes when her Cherokee friends help her escape to a mansion that holds the hidden secrets of her past and the key to her future.

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Did You Know?


Snowball the cat actually belongs to Owen Smith (writer/director). See more »


40 minutes or so in Mandie hands the Lamp to Polly who holds her hand over the glass, if it were a real lamp she would have burnt her hand. See more »


Followed by Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas (2011) See more »

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Blond Cherokee?
24 November 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This was a very nice story and good family entertainment. But try as hard as I may I could not wrap my mind around the concept of a blond blue eyed part Cherokee. In fact according to the script young Lexi Johnson is one quarter Cherokee and her looks, beautiful as she is don't compute.

Now that she's a teen and her father has recently passed away, the Cherokees who still live in Tennessee have sent her to live with her uncle who's got himself some really nice digs in a mansion. But he's away and his lawyer Dean Jones is running the place. Then the uncle is reported missing after a ship goes down at sea.

After that relations start pouring out of the woodwork but even Jones doesn't know where the will is. That starts a hunt with Johnson and some friends she's made looking for the will. The relatives want the whole pile and are looking to cut each other out as well as our young heroine.

The action takes place in the year of 1899 and the sets and cinematography certainly do reflect the era nicely. The ending is an interesting one and the very end does provide some explanation for our heroine's blond looks.

Still can't quite buy it though.

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Release Date:

2009 (USA) See more »

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Mandie e il tunnel segreto See more »


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$750,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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