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The Book of Stars (1999)

111 min | Drama

After their parents' untimely death in a car accident, Penny struggles to take care of her younger sister Mary, who suffers from an incurable disease. A precocious former poet, Penny has turned to prostitution as a means of support, but ...See moreAfter their parents' untimely death in a car accident, Penny struggles to take care of her younger sister Mary, who suffers from an incurable disease. A precocious former poet, Penny has turned to prostitution as a means of support, but Mary is determined to re-ignite a spark of hope in Penny's life by expressing her deepest feelings in her BOOK OF STARS. With the aid of the Professor, who is a friend and neighbor, Mary secretly corresponds on her sister's behalf with a Prisoner, who is inspired by the book of poetry Penny wrote as a young girl. Although Mary's BOOK OF STARS manifests her wishes, it is ultimately Penny who must live out its ending, when Mary passes away. It is the depth of love and trust between two sisters which pulls Penny back from the brink of self-destruction to embrace Mary's legacy -- a sense of magic, light, hope and the promise of tomorrow. Written by Michael Miner See less
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Jim Whitaker (as James Whitaker)
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Updated Dec 31, 1999

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1999 (United States)

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19 cast members
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Mary Stuart Masterson
Penny McGuire Penny McGuire   See fewer
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Jena Malone
Mary McGuire Mary McGuire   See fewer
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Karl Geary
Kristjan Kristjan   See fewer
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Delroy Lindo
Professor Professor   See fewer
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Monica Hart
News Anchor News Anchor   See fewer
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D.B. Sweeney
Prisoner Prisoner   See fewer
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Gina Nagy
Prisoner's Wife Prisoner's Wife   See fewer
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Tina Marie Goff
Clinic Doctor Clinic Doctor   See fewer
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Sean G. Griffin
Store Owner (as Seán G. Griffin) Store Owner (as Seán G. Griffin)   See fewer
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John Considine
Lost John Lost John   See fewer
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Bob Morrisey
Silhouetted John Silhouetted John   See fewer
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Ron Otis
Astronaut Astronaut   See fewer
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William Salyers
Hospital Doctor Hospital Doctor   See fewer
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Leslie Do Qui
Internist (as Leslie Doqui) Internist (as Leslie Doqui)   See fewer
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Cazzeri Upton
Young Penny Young Penny   See fewer
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Laci Smallwood
Young Mary Young Mary   See fewer
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Dawn Ferry
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.1 / 10 | 536 votes