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The Dollmaker is a 1984 American TV miniseries drama starring Jane Fonda and based on the 1954 novel of the same title written by Harriette Arnow. It was originally broadcast on ABC on May 13, 1984. Fonda was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Special
Special
for her performance. Director Daniel Petrie
Daniel Petrie
won the Directors Guild of America Award
Directors Guild of America Award
for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials. Plot summary[edit] The movie is the story of a family that moves from the rural home in Appalachia
Appalachia
to Detroit
Detroit
Michigan
Michigan
where the father intends to find work in a factory. Gertie is hesitant to leave their home; her husband Clovis believes that it will bring the family a regular income and better way of life. What Gertie finds is a new place to exist, rather than live, and the family settles down in a tar paper shack by the railroad tracks in an industrial neighborhood. All the while Gertie holds onto her homespun ways, one of which is carving. Clovis begins to dismiss her talents and puts down Gertie for holding onto her folk art in a modern world. Still, her handiwork is admired by those around her. One of the items that she hangs onto is a piece of a tree limb in which she sees a figure of Jesus
Jesus
calling to her to carve from it. One setback after another begins to pull the family apart. Clovis doesn't find work and begins to get involved with matters that trouble Gertie; her children begin to also get involved in unsavory affairs. The event that breaks Gertie's passivity to her situation is the death of her youngest daughter, who is killed by a railroad car. She confronts her husband, whose best intentions have led the family to this tragedy. Gertie decides that she will earn enough money to get the family back home to where it belongs. To do this she will make dolls, but she has no material from which she can carve the dolls. It is then that she takes the treasured piece of lumber that she longed to carve the Christ figure from, and splits it with an axe. From one piece of wood, she will carve many dolls. It is the only way to save the family. From this sacrifice, the family is able to return home. Cast[edit]

Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
– Gertie Levon Helm
Levon Helm
– Clovis Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
– Mamie Susan Kingsley – Sophronie Ann Hearn – Max Bob Swan – Victor Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
– Mrs. Kendrick Jason Yearwood – Reuben David Brady Wilson – Enoch Starla Whaley – Clytie David Dawson – Amos Nikki Creswell – Cassie Raymond Serra – Joe Dan Hedaya – Skyros Ellen Marchman – Wheateye Sheb Wooley
Sheb Wooley
– Mr. Kendrick

External links[edit]

The Dollmaker on IMDb

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Films directed by Daniel Petrie

The Bramble Bush
The Bramble Bush
(1960) A Raisin in the Sun (1961) The Main Attraction (1962) Stolen Hours (1963) The Idol (1966) The Spy with a Cold Nose
The Spy with a Cold Nose
(1966) Moon of the Wolf
Moon of the Wolf
(1973) The Neptune Factor
The Neptune Factor
(1973) The Gun and the Pulpit (1974) Buster and Billie
Buster and Billie
(1974) Eleanor and Franklin (1976) Lifeguard (1976) Sybil (1976) Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) The Betsy
The Betsy
(1978) Resurrection (1980) Fort Apache, The Bronx
Fort Apache, The Bronx
(1981) Six Pack (1982) The Dollmaker (1984) The Bay Boy (1984) Square Dance (1987) Rocket Gibraltar
Rocket Gibraltar
(1988) Cocoon: The Return (1988) My Name Is Bill W.
My Name Is Bill W.
(1989) Lassie (1994) Kissinger and Nixon (1995) The Assistant (1998) Inherit the Wind (1999) Wild

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