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The Dollmaker (1984)





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In this film, Jane Fonda plays a rural mother of five in WWII-era Kentucky. In search of defense-plant work, her husband uproots the family and heads for Detroit, but Jane finds conditions in the slums of Detroit appalling. Still, she creates a niche for herself by becoming a skilled dollmaker.


Jane Fonda
as Gertie Nevels
Levon Helm
as Clovis
Geraldine Page
as Mrs. Kendrick
Susan Kingsley
as Sophronie
Christine Ebersole
as Miss Vashinski
Dan Hedaya
as Skyros
Bob Swan
as Victor
Studs Terkel
as Taxi Driver
Sheb Wooley
as Mr. Kendrick
James N. Harrell
as Old John Ballew
Billie Henson
as Mrs. Nevels
Phyllis Boyens
as Mrs. Hull
Mike Timoney
as Officer
Van B. Fox
as Doctor
Philip East
as Orderly
Bob Keenan
as Desk Officer
Les Podewell
as Eye Doctor
Ellen J. Smith
as School Secretary
Sheila Keenan
as Stringer
Gwen McGee
as Black Girl at Station
Ida Will Smith
as Red Cross Lady
Ralph Foody
as Scrapwood Man
Mike Nussbaum
as Car Dealer
Jamie Wild
as Gilbert
Jason Wild
as Claude-Jean
Matthew Freeman
as Frankie Daly
Billy Fitzgerald
as Christopher Daly
Dennis Kelly
as Mr. Daly
Diane Dorsey
as Mrs. Daly
Etel Billig
as Mrs. Bommarita
Jimmy McDermott
as Mike Bommarita
Derek Googe
as Bubble Gum Boy
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Critic Reviews for The Dollmaker

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Jane Fonda made her TV debut in this stirring story of an uneducated Kentucky woman and mother of five who struggles to make ends meet.

Full Review… | January 8, 2011

Offers viewers an opportunity to clarify their own definition of "the good life," and to discuss some of the challenges of individualism.

Full Review… | August 18, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Dollmaker

This is the most heart-felt movie I have ever watched and is my favorite!!!!! I even named my daughter after the little girl that got ran over by a train.

Amarachi Mbah
Amarachi Mbah

my favorite movie of all time...SO PAINFUL...this movie resonates deeply within me on a level that i cannot put into words....i was a child when i saw it the first time and it was probably the first time i ever witnessed tragedy on a screen

Stacey Lampkin
Stacey Lampkin

OK guys. This is the movie I mention for the saddest movie I have ever seen. I recommend everyone to see this one. A

Judith Millsap
Judith Millsap

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