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Melanie (1982)

PG | | Drama | 12 February 1982 (USA)
A young woman battles to regain custody of her son.

Director:

Rex Bromfield

Writers:

Michael Green (story) (as Michael C. Green), Richard Paluck (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Glynnis O'Connor ... Melanie
Paul Sorvino ... Walter
Burton Cummings ... Rick
Trudy Young Trudy Young ... Ronda
Don Johnson ... Carl
Donann Cavin Donann Cavin ... Ginny
Jamie Dick Jamie Dick ... Tyler
Jodie Drake Jodie Drake ... Eula
Lisa Dalbello Lisa Dalbello ... Marcie (as Lisa Del Bello)
Yvonne Murray Yvonne Murray ... Brandy
Martha Gibson Martha Gibson ... Waitress
Rocco Bellusci Rocco Bellusci ... Dana
David Wills David Wills ... Daryll Adrian
Jim Martin ... Sound Engineer
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Melanie Daniel lives in a run down shack with her six-year old son Tyler in the rural community of Jasper, Arkansas, where she has lived all her life. Being illiterate, Melanie, in order to survive, depends on the money coming into the household from her husband, Carl, who is away in the military in California, who she hasn't seen in two years, and who she believes only married her because he got her pregnant. Believing that Tyler's life with Melanie is a dead end and that he potentially could end up illiterate like her, Carl, on his latest visit home, absconds with Tyler back to California. Melanie's motherly instinct kicks in and despite never having left Jasper and being ill-equipped to do so because of her illiteracy which she tries to hide from everyone, she takes a cross-country bus trip to get Tyler back. She arrives unannounced at the doorstep of her childhood friend Ronda. Ronda shares a house in the Hollywood hills with a musician named Rick, who is facing his own issues ... Written by Huggo

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Drama

Certificate:

PG

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Soundtracks

Never Far Apart
Words and Music by Murray McLauchlan
Sung by Yvonne Murray
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Sweet movie with great music
28 January 2005 | by farmerstinaSee all my reviews

This is a sweet little movie. I first saw it on HBO in the eighties and loved it. I subsequently rented it a few times but over the years it got harder and harder to find. I tried to buy it but when I checked it was on a moratorium and not being printed anymore. I finally got a VHS copy for myself thru Ebay. If you get a chance I highly recommend this movie. Glynnis O'Connor plays a young illiterate mother who desperately loves her young son. Don Johnson plays her husband. Paul Sorvino is good in his role, but I loved Burton Cummings. He has a natural screen presence. I am surprised he didn't do more movies. He wrote the songs and played piano.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Dolby

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