Clara's Heart (1988)


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In this sentimental coming-of-age drama, David Hart (Neil Patrick Harris) is a wealthy, spoiled Baltimore teen who is left in the care of Jamaica-born domestic Clara Mayfield (Whoopi Goldberg). His mother Leona (Katherine Quinlan) and father Bill (Michael Ontkean) vacation in the tropics after the death of their infant daughter, and they bring Clara home with them. David first resents Clara but soon finds comfort in her arms after his parents eventually separate. Dora (Beverly Todd) is Clara's … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Medoff
In Theaters:
Warner Home Video


as Clara Mayfield

as Leona Hart

as Bill Hart

as Dr. Peter Epstein

as Blanche Loudon

as Alan Lipsky

as Felicia

as Dr. Stevens

as Swim Team Member

as Father Joe

as Buxom Woman

as Little Girl

as Ashley Lafferty

as Swim Team Member

as Duty Nurse

as Coach Stillson

as Swim Team Member
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Critic Reviews for Clara's Heart

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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Clara's Heart


The accents make this film have a little more humor than it should. But the story is good. Whoopi is great and the Neil Patrick Harris played a very complex kid.

Keysha H

Super Reviewer


Good movie! Something I don't mind watching every now and then.

Leo L

Super Reviewer


Overly sentimental, boosted by Whoopi Goldberg?s presence. It?s not very well pieced together, the editing is poor. Part of the problem as well is the parent?s aren?t very likable, yet they expect sympathy for them. Misguided direction.

James Higgins

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