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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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Ricky Schroth
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Gwen Frankovitz
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Leah Schroth
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Mrs. Frankovitz
Amanda Minikus ...
Sonia
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Eric (as Robert Putney)
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Young Harriet
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Tow Truck Driver #1
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Flirting Man (as Keith Harris)
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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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friend | sister | alcoholic | ufo | grief | See All (178) »

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

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11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy alagút Kínába  »

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$19,162 (USA) (13 September 1998)

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$33,556 (USA) (20 September 1998)
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Trivia

Evan Rachel Wood's movie debut. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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Features Davey and Goliath (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

One Big Love
Written by Patty Griffin & Angelo
Performed by Patty Griffin
Patty Griffin appears courtesy of A&M Records, INC.
A PolyGram Company
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Revealing movie
21 August 2000 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I didn't mean the summary title to say that there'd be lots of nudity in this movie; what I meant was that this movie reveals a lot of what many people still have - a fear of the unknown. This can be seen when Gwen Frankovitz (Masterson) has to take charge of her sister Harriet (Wood ) when their mother dies, and when Harriet befriends a mentally-retarded adult (Bacon) with whom she intends to run away with. The toll of having to take care of a ten-year-old child combined with her unpreparedness for it and her relationship with her boyfriend makes for a stressful home, thus making Harriet want to leave home even more. But it is Harriet's relationship with Ricky that is the most heartwarming. Only a child like her can see through the exterior and love what's inside, which leads to some heart-tugging scenes later in the movie.


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