The Dollmaker

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Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband

ACTORS : Jane Fonda, Levon Helm, Amanda Plummer

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1984

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The Dollmaker  Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband Clovis (Levon Helm) to Detroit when he finds work during World War II. One setback follows another and shattering tragedy strikes the family. It’s all up to Gertie to find new strength, courage and determination to keep her family together and strong.

Pure genius in all aspects of film making!

The Doll Maker starring Jane Fonda, was probably the most memorable movie I have ever seen. I have seen it only one time. I do not need to see it again. I would love to, but my husband was so emotionally moved by the scene with the child, that I promised him that I would never bring it around him. This story is so very real. The scenery, the acting, the emotions, all become a true part of your soul, if only for a couple of hours. I loved “The Doll Maker”! This movie is a sociological work of art. I am trying to think of a movie, which could possibly come close emotionally to this story. I almost want to say “Old Yeller”. The difficulty presented to both families, may be comparable. When I think of the coloration of the scenery in “The Doll Maker”, I am somewhat reminded of the movie, “The Grapes of Wrath”. “The Grapes of Wrath” was an epic film, the movie “Old Yeller” was a family oriented film. “The Doll Maker” is a “must see”!

Don’t Underestimate This Little Masterpiece

 
The Dollmaker  This is a movie you’ll want to watch again and again. Jane Fonda has created memorable characters throughout her career but her portrayal of Gertie is so achingly authentic and original, Fonda, as you may have seen her in other roles, is all but unrecognizable here.

Originally made for TV, I hope this movie will be released on DVD and be re-run frequently on TV and get some of the attention it deserves (I caught for the first time as a late night rerun.) Fonda’s Gertie represents a very real American woman who is too rarely seen in movies, presented here with such stark realism, you’ll take her into your heart.

This movie and Fonda’s performance can stand along side the very best of American films. And it is simply a beautiful story – I hope more people get a chance to discover The Dollmaker.

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