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The Dollmaker

1984 2h 30m Drama List
Reviews 94% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
During World War II, hard-luck farmer Colvis Nevels (Levon Helm) leaves his rural Kentucky home to take a factory job in bustling Detroit. Reluctantly accompanying Colvis is his long-suffering wife, Gertie (Jane Fonda), a talented woodcarver set in her traditional ways. When the perils of city life and Colvis' reckless squandering of money send the Nevels into precarious financial straits, Gertie starts a business making hand-carved dolls in order to provide for her family. Read More Read Less
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Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Jane Fonda made her TV debut in this stirring story of an uneducated Kentucky woman and mother of five who struggles to make ends meet. Rated: B Jan 8, 2011 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice Offers viewers an opportunity to clarify their own definition of "the good life," and to discuss some of the challenges of individualism. Rated: 5/5 Aug 18, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Michael F This movie proves why Jane Fonda has been one of the top leading actresses for so many years. Her performance in "The Dollmaker" is remarkable and unforgettable. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/29/23 Full Review beverly g Awesome family movie, so good Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/07/23 Full Review Gaylord R One of the finest, tightly wrought films I have ever watched. Jane Fonda is simply superb, an actress of the highest order, capable of expressing the deepest emotions humans are experiencing. This movie is clean, honest, moving, a wonderful snapshot of American life in the 40s. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I worked on this film, Jane Fonda and the whole cast were wonderful. One of the highlights of my 35 year film and TV career. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member A family in Kentucky during the second World War decides to move to Detroit, where the husband has a job working in one of the plants there. Of course, they know nothng about city life and try to adjust to it. ALong the way, some hard things come in the way, but I really loved the way Fonda and her costar interacted with each other. Very good film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member This is the most heart-felt movie I have ever watched and is my favorite!!!!! I even named my daughter after the little girl that got ran over by a train. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis During World War II, hard-luck farmer Colvis Nevels (Levon Helm) leaves his rural Kentucky home to take a factory job in bustling Detroit. Reluctantly accompanying Colvis is his long-suffering wife, Gertie (Jane Fonda), a talented woodcarver set in her traditional ways. When the perils of city life and Colvis' reckless squandering of money send the Nevels into precarious financial straits, Gertie starts a business making hand-carved dolls in order to provide for her family.
Director
Daniel Petrie
Producer
Bill Finnegan
Screenwriter
Susan Cooper, Hume Cronyn
Production Co
IPC Films, Finnegan Productions
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
2h 30m
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