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The Dollmaker (1984)

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 ... See full summary »


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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Gertie Nevels
Levon Helm ... Clovis
Amanda Plummer ... Mamie
Susan Kingsley Susan Kingsley ... Sophronie
Ann Hearn ... Max
Robert Swan ... Victor (as Bob Swan)
Geraldine Page ... Mrs. Kendrick
Jason Yearwood Jason Yearwood ... Reuben
David Brady Wilson David Brady Wilson ... Enoch
Starla Whaley Starla Whaley ... Clytie
David Dawson David Dawson ... Amos
Nikki Creswell Nikki Creswell ... Cassie
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ... Joe
Dan Hedaya ... Skyros
Christine Ebersole ... Miss Vashinski


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 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

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Release Date:

13 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dollmaker - Ein Traum wird wahr See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Geraldine Page and Amanda Plummer made guest star appearances in this film. See more »

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Pure genius in all aspects of film making!
25 September 2006 | by mrscjr31See all my reviews

"The Doll Maker" starring Jane Fonda, was probably the most memorable movie I have ever seen. I have seen it only one time. I do not need to see it again. I would love to, but my husband was so emotionally moved by the scene with the child, that I promised him that I would never bring it around him. This story is so very real. The scenery, the acting, the emotions, all become a true part of your soul, if only for a couple of hours. I loved "The Doll Maker"! This movie is a sociological work of art. I am trying to think of a movie, which could possibly come close emotionally to this story. I almost want to say "Old Yeller". The difficulty presented to both families, may be comparable. When I think of the coloration of the scenery in "The Doll Maker", I am somewhat reminded of the movie, "The Grapes of Wrath". "The Grapes of Wrath" was an epic film, the movie "Old Yeller" was a family oriented film. "The Doll Maker" is a "must see"!

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