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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)

R
127 min | Drama

This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story. Jones here is portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero and now successful author who obviously drinks too much and is ...See moreThis fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story. Jones here is portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero and now successful author who obviously drinks too much and is starting to experience health problems. Living in France with his wife, daughter, and an adopted son, the family travels an unconventional road that leaves all of them as outsiders to others. Preaching a sexual freedom, his daughter's sexual acceptance begins at an early age and betrays her when the family moves to Hanover in America. Her sexuality is definitely not the normal for American teens and gives her a bad reputation and outcasts her. Meanwhile her brooding brother struggles with his own inner turmoils about his early desertion in life. Only within the tight knit confines of his family is he comfortable to even speak. Written by John Sacksteder See less
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Director
Writers
Kaylie Jones (novel) | James Ivory (screenplay) | Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
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Noëlle Boisson (as Noelle Boisson)
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$39,517
Gross (US & Canada)
$1,782,005
Gross (World)
$1,782,005
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Release date
Sep 18, 1998 (United States)

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Kris Kristofferson
Bill Willis Bill Willis   See fewer
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Barbara Hershey
Marcella Willis Marcella Willis   See fewer
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Leelee Sobieski
Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 14 Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 14   See fewer
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Jane Birkin
Mrs. Fortescue Mrs. Fortescue   See fewer
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Dominique Blanc
Candida Candida   See fewer
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Jesse Bradford
Billy Willis, Age 14 Billy Willis, Age 14   See fewer
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Luisa Conlon
Young Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 7 Young Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 7   See fewer
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Benoit / Young Billy Willis, Age 7 Benoit / Young Billy Willis, Age 7   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 2,192 votes