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Digging to China (1997)

PG | | Drama | 11 September 1998 (USA)
10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans ... See full summary »

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10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans for leaving and she finally does so together with her childlike (mentally ill) friend Ricky. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some emotional moments | See all certifications »

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$19,162, 13 September 1998, Limited Release

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$33,556, 20 September 1998
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Although they play mother and daughter, Mary Stuart Masterson is only six years younger than her on-screen mother Cathy Moriarty. See more »

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Harriet's legs change position from shot to shot when she's coloring on the floor. See more »

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[first lines]
Harriet: My mother lived in one world. I was always looking for another.
Harriet: Once I tried to squeeze down a rabbit hole.
[fire department arriving]
Harriet: Then I tried digging all the way to China.
[sparks fly]
Harriet: That's when I learned a mysterious electric force protected the center of the Earth. Then I tried to make the carpet from the front hall fly me to Persia.
Harriet: I always wish for the same two things, which are really only one thing. I want something magical to happen to me. And I wanted my mother to ...
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One Big Love
Written by Patty Griffin & Angelo
Performed by Patty Griffin
Patty Griffin appears courtesy of A&M Records, INC.
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Touching, Sad, moving performances
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I turned this movie on about halfway through, so I've yet to see the entire thing, but I was crying within minutes. I have NEVER liked Kevin Bacon, for no real reason other than he was in "Wild Things" which I thought was absolutely horrible. His performance as Ricky had me crying in just a few minutes, at the friendship Ricky and Harriet shared that no one else could touch. The end upset me greatly as I always hope for happy endings and would've loved to see Harriet grown up and revisiting her old friendship, or something along those lines... but I'm a sap that always wants a happy ending. ;) In any case, this one movie has completely changed my opinion and made me respect Kevin Bacon utterly for not only taking such a challenging role, but moving me to tears in it. Evan Rachel Wood was awesome as well, and I had no idea she'd been "around" for this long! A wonderful movie, even though the ending left me feeling a bit ripped off.


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