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A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995)

TV Movie | 120 min | Biography, Drama

This highly-rated television film covers the life of American movie/TV/pop music idol Annette Funicello. The movie starts with the move of her family from New York to California, where in 1955 shy Annette becomes one of the cast of The ...See moreThis highly-rated television film covers the life of American movie/TV/pop music idol Annette Funicello. The movie starts with the move of her family from New York to California, where in 1955 shy Annette becomes one of the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club. The movie covers her child stardom, her teen idol years, her singing career with big hits like "Tall Paul", her romance with Paul Anka, her classic beach party films with Frankie Avalon, and her first marriage. It also shows her large comeback in the late 1980s and her second marriage, and the day when she found out she had multiple sclerosis. Written by See less
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Annette Funicello (book "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes") | Patricia Romanowski (book "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes") | John McGreevey (teleplay) | Pj Torokvei (teleplay)
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Oct 22, 1995 (United States)

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49 cast members
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Eva LaRue
Annette Funicello (as Eva La Rue) Annette Funicello (as Eva La Rue)   See fewer
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Len Cariou
Walt Disney Walt Disney   See fewer
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Frank Crudele
Joe Funicello Joe Funicello   See fewer
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Jack Gilardi
Jack Gilardi Jack Gilardi   See fewer
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David Lipper
Paul Anka Paul Anka   See fewer
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Don S. Davis
Glen Holt Glen Holt   See fewer
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Louis Ferreira
Young Frankie Avalon (as Justin Louis) Young Frankie Avalon (as Justin Louis)   See fewer
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Andrea Nemeth
Annette Funicello age 12-15 Annette Funicello age 12-15   See fewer
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Frankie Avalon
Frankie Avalon Frankie Avalon   See fewer
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Annette Funicello
Annette Funicello Annette Funicello   See fewer
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Linda Lavin
Virginia Funicello Virginia Funicello   See fewer
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Austin Basile
Jack Gilardi Jr. Jack Gilardi Jr.   See fewer
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Ahnee Boyce
Gina Portman (as Annie Boyce) Gina Portman (as Annie Boyce)   See fewer
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Jay Brazeau
Uncle Pete Uncle Pete   See fewer
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Stefania Ciccone
Grandma Albano Grandma Albano   See fewer
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Demetri Goritsas
Jimmy Dodd Jimmy Dodd   See fewer
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Elysa Hogg
Annette Funicello at 4 years old Annette Funicello at 4 years old   See fewer
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Gary Jones
Production Assistant Production Assistant   See fewer
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Lorraine Landry
Young Shelley Fabares Young Shelley Fabares   See fewer
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Hrothgar Mathews
Plastic Surgeon Plastic Surgeon   See fewer
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Alexandra Purvis
Heather Heather   See fewer
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Claire Riley
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Suzanne Ristic
Aunt Irene Aunt Irene   See fewer
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Greg Rogers
Al Gilbert Al Gilbert   See fewer
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Nina Roman
Fortune Teller Fortune Teller   See fewer
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Domenico Sansalone
Joey Funicello Joey Funicello   See fewer
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Blair Slater
Jason Gilardi Jason Gilardi   See fewer
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Kavan Smith
Young Dick Clark Young Dick Clark   See fewer
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George Touliatos
Grandpa Albano Grandpa Albano   See fewer
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Scott Augustine
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Kim Bailey
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Talia Derksen
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Laura Jenkins
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Ben Newcombe
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Kelli Stewart
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Rene Tardie
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Kimberly Wallace
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Virginia Funicello
Virginia Funicello Virginia Funicello   See fewer
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Joe Funicello
Joe Funicello Joe Funicello   See fewer
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Glen Holt
Glen Holt Glen Holt   See fewer
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Gina Portman
Gina Portman Gina Portman   See fewer
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John Portman
John Portman John Portman   See fewer
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Jason Gilardi
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Jack Gilardi Jr.
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Rob Stewart
Jack Gilardi Jack Gilardi   See fewer
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Dick Clark
Dick Clark (uncredited) Dick Clark (uncredited)   See fewer
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Shelley Fabares
Shelley Fabares (uncredited) Shelley Fabares (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.5 / 10 | 230 votes