The Dollmaker (1984)


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Jane Fonda stars in this made-for-TV movie, which uses the backdrop of World War II and urbanization to tell the story of one woman's fight to keep her family together. Gertie Nevels (Fonda), the wife of a Kentucky sharecropper, wants nothing more than to one day own her own farm. Thriftily hiding her savings from husband Clovis (Levon Helm), she prepares to make her dream come true -- until Clovis summons her to come join him in Detroit, where he's gone to work in a factory to help with the war … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By: ,
Written By: Hume Cronyn, Susan Cooper
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 11, 1992
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment



as Gertie Nevels

as Clovis

as Mrs. Kendrick

as Sophronie

as Miss Vashinski

as Skyros

as Victor

as Taxi Driver

as Mr. Kendrick

as Old John Ballew

as Mrs. Nevels

as Mrs. Hull

as Officer

as Doctor

as Orderly

as Desk Officer

as Eye Doctor

as School Secretary

as Stringer

as Woman at Train Stati...

as Black Girl at Statio...

as Red Cross Lady

as Scrapwood Man

as Car Dealer

as Gilbert

as Claude-Jean

as Frankie Daly

as Christopher Daly

as Mr. Daly

as Mrs. Daly

as Mrs. Bommarita

as Mike Bommarita

as Bubble Gum Boy
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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.

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

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

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