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The Dollmaker (1984)

TV Movie | 142 min | Drama

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 ...See moreJane 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. Written by alfiehitchie See less
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Susan Cooper (teleplay) | Hume Cronyn (teleplay) | Harriet Arnow (novel)
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Updated May 13, 1984

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May 13, 1984 (United States)

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Jane Fonda
Gertie Nevels Gertie Nevels   See fewer
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Susan Kingsley
Sophronie Sophronie   See fewer
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Robert Swan
Victor (as Bob Swan) Victor (as Bob Swan)   See fewer
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Mrs. Kendrick Mrs. Kendrick   See fewer
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Dan Hedaya
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Christine Ebersole
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Studs Terkel
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Sheb Wooley
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James N. Harrell
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Phyllis Boyens-Liptak
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Mike Timoney
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Soldier Soldier   See fewer
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Mike Bacarella
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Etel Billig
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Diane Dorsey
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Derek Googe
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Elizabeth Regal
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Gilbert Gilbert   See fewer
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Jason Wild
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7.7 / 10 | 619 votes