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Grand Avenue (1996)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 30 June 1996
When Mollie's boyfriend Jack dies on the reservation, she is asked to leave the reservation by her boyfriend's sister for not being one of their own, aside from Mollie's son. Mollie is ... See full summary »

Director:

Daniel Sackheim

Writers:

Greg Sarris (book), Greg Sarris (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Irene Bedard ... Reyna
Tantoo Cardinal ... Nellie
Eloy Casados ... Albert
Deena-Marie Consiglio Deena-Marie Consiglio ... Justine (as Deeny Dakota)
Alexis Cruz ... Raymond
Diane Debassige Diane Debassige ... Alice
Jenny Gago ... Anna
Cody Lightning ... Sheldon
A Martinez ... Steven
Simi Mehta ... Jeanne
August Schellenberg ... Sherman
Sheila Tousey ... Mollie
Sam Vlahos ... Henry
Carmen Ahern Carmen Ahern ... Evangeline
Quala Anderson Quala Anderson ... Gang Girl #2
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When Mollie's boyfriend Jack dies on the reservation, she is asked to leave the reservation by her boyfriend's sister for not being one of their own, aside from Mollie's son. Mollie is forced to pack up here belongings and her children and move to northern california, right into a gang infested neighborhood. Written by Adam De La Villa

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Around every corner in America there's a story waiting to be told.

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Drama

Certificate:

R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Megali peripeteia See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Rosa, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Writer Greg Sarris is himself a Pomo tribal member and adapted his own short stories novel, of the same name, for the film. See more »

Quotes

Mollie: I got it Alice. It's okay. Get started on that damn geometry so you're not up all hours of the night. Go on. Maybe I'll get Sherman to help out with something.
Sherman: Maybe.
[after Alice tries to start dinner]
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Whatever Happened To Deeny Dakota?
18 March 2002 | by vanpattendavSee all my reviews

The promo reads "Around Every Corner in America There's a Story Waiting To Be Told." The story here is about native Americans. One family in particular.

Mollie moves her two teenage daughters, and her young son, to a new neighborhood when they are expelled from their Indian Reservation after the death of her husband.

With no where else to go she goes to her cousin Anna, who lives on Grand Avenue.

Mollie has a drinking problem, can't hold down a job and has demons from her past.

The oldest daughter, Justine (portrayed perfectly by the beautiful and talented Deeny Dakota,) is an angry and rebellious girl. However, she has redeeming qualities. She is vulnerable and right from the start it is apparent she is hiding this behind her toughness, sexuality and her edge.

Her sister, Alice, is more reserved and responsible. She's the one that looks after little brother, Sheldon.

It's about a rough neighborhood, and the different races there, Blacks and Latinos, too. The Black gang thinks the native Americans are Latino. The black girl gang want to cut Justine, because she was messin with one of their men. This is the new "West Side Story."

It's also a soap opera in many ways. Past secrets etc.

This story is excellent. Superbly written, if you can get past the F-word (but hey folks, that's the way they really talk.)

Originally this was a two part mini-series on HBO. It can be bought or rented in a two video set.

Filmed on location in Santa Rosa, CA and Produced by Robert Redford. Yes, the Robert Redford. It co-stars A. Martinez, most recently of "General Hospital," and Alexis Cruz of "Touched By An Angel."

But the real star of the show is Deeny Dakota. This is her character's story. And Miss Dakota is as fine an actress as there has ever been.


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