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My Antonia (1995)





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Made for the USA Network, this first film adaptation of Willa Cather's classic novel is a coming-of-age story of set in 1880s Nebraska. Orphaned after his parents die in a smallpox epidemic in Virginia, the teenaged Jimmy Burden (Neil Patrick Harris) moves to the farm of his grandparents (Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint) outside Black Hawk, Nebraska. Their neighbors, newly arrived from Bohemia, are the Shimerda family, and Jimmy instantly becomes friends with the family's 15-year-old daughter, Antonia (Elina Lowensohn). He's pulled in two directions; her father wants him to teach her English, but his grandfather is wary of her distracting Jimmy from his own studies. After tragedy strikes the Shimerda family, Jimmy moves to town with his aging grandparents, who want to nurture his potential for becoming a university student and taking on a career. Antonia does come to work in town, thanks to the help of Jimmy's grandmother, but it's made clear to the young woman that she is not to distract Jimmy from his studies. Although Jimmy does go off to the state university in Lincoln and eventually Harvard Law School, he and Antonia maintain their friendship, understanding that the bond they formed as adolescents will endure.


Jason Robards
as Grandfather
Eva Marie Saint
as Grandmother
Jan Triska
as Mr. Shimerda
Travis Fine
as Harry Paine
Mira Furlan
as Mrs. Shimerda
Bobby Goldstein
as Ambrosch Shimerda
Endre Hules
as Russian Peter
Olek Krupa
as Krajiek
T. Max Graham
as Mr. Harling
Myra Turley
as Mrs. Harling
John Livingston
as Charley Harling
Sarah Bernhardt
as Sally Harling
Devon Cahill
as Nina Harling
Blair Williamson
as Marek Shimerda
Lauren Montgomery
as Yulka Shimerda
Lemartt Holman
as Blindman Arnault
Abby Sullivan
as Mrs. Carlsen
Betty Laird
as Mrs. Vannis
Brendan McCurdy
as Ambrosch Cuzak
Ian Atwood
as Leo Cuzak
Kyla Pratt
as Yulka Cuzak
Joan Hennecke
as Another Woman
Tom Wees
as Conductor
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Celebrates the enduring bond between two people who are drawn together by tides of feelings which go beyond words.

August 26, 2002 | Full Review…

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