Lantern Hill (Jane of Lantern Hill) (1990)

Lantern Hill (Jane of Lantern Hill) (1990)





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This Canadian TV movie stars Marion Bennett as a young girl possessed of mysterious powers. No Carrie she, Bennett hopes to harness her unique gifts for good. Her main mission is to reunite her long-estranged mother and father. The film makes excellent atmospheric use of its mist-enshrouded Prince Edward Island locations. Lantern Hill was originally telecast in two parts on PBS' weekend Wonderworks series.
Art House & International , Drama , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Television
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Telefilm Canada


Marion Bennett
as Jane Stuart
Sam Waterston
as Andrew Stuart
Colleen Dewhurst
as Hepzibah
Sarah Polley
as Jody Turner
Zoe Caldwell
as Mrs.Kennedy
Patricia Phillips
as Robin Stuart
Vivian Reis
as Aunt Irene
Ellen Dubin
as Charlotte Simpson
Florence Patterson
as Justina Titus
Sharry Flett
as Lillian Morrow
Juno Mills-Cockell
as Phyllis Kennedy
James Mainprize
as Frank Price
Anne Farquhar
as Cecily Stanley
Alyson Court
as Agnes Ripley
Noam Zylberman
as Poultry Boy
Zachary Bennett
as Jimmy-John Meade
Dan MacDonald
as Dr.Arnett
Paul Jolicoeur
as Milkman
Jane Dingle
as Jim's Wife
James O'Regan
as Policemen #1
Paul LaRocque
as Policemen #2
Charles Hayter
as Station Master
Jack Mather
as Train Conductor
Jack Mather
as Train Conductor
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Jane is a young girl who reminds me of Anne Shirley of Green Gables. She takes it upon herself to reconcile her parents even though her mom lives in Toronto and her dad in Prince Edward Island (where the movie is set). It makes for a great family movie

Red Lats
Red Lats

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Oh, my, this is a bad adaptation. I'm quite sure I saw it first, long ago. Colleen Dewhurst's character doesn't really exist in the book. The subplot of the suicide/accident doesn't exist at all in the book. Much of what [i]does[/i] happen in the book doesn't happen here. The character of Jody has an inexplicable Cockney accent here, and no one knows why. However, I do enjoy it. I manage to detach it from the book even more than I can [i]Anne of Green Gables[/i], largely by the same people and closer to its source material. It really doesn't matter that, for example, Victoria Jane Stuart lived her whole life at 90 Gay (Blythe Avenue in the movie) with her mother, aunt, and grandmother in the book. It doesn't matter that the action of the book takes place over years. It doesn't matter that Jane first visits her father for a summer. The basic idea is the same. Andrew and Robin Stuart are two people separated by stubbornness and stupidity and reunited by their daughter. Robin's family is rich. Andrew is a writer. Their daughter, Victoria Jane, grows up believing her father to be dead. (I believe the movie claims that she was told he was, but no one mentioned him at all in the book until someone at school told her he was still alive.) If you pick one, by all means pick the book. [i]Jane of Lantern Hill[/i] is more nuanced and, in most ways, more entertaining. However, if you care to take the time and energy to track down the movie--perhaps you are a Sam Waterston or Colleen Dewhurst fan--it is indeed worth it. The movie is eerier, closer to L. M. Montgomery's work in [i]Beyond the Shadows[/i]. However, it doesn't really have the L. M. Montgomery feel, exactly. Still and all, it's worth checking out. Even if it isn't as good as the book. These things seldom are.

Edith Nelson
Edith Nelson

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