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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)

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This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story. Jones here is portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero and now successful... See full summary »

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James Ivory

Writers:

Kaylie Jones (novel), James Ivory (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Bill Willis
Barbara Hershey ... Marcella Willis
Leelee Sobieski ... Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 14
Jane Birkin ... Mrs. Fortescue
Dominique Blanc ... Candida
Jesse Bradford ... Billy Willis, Age 14
Harley Cross ... Keith Carter
Isaach De Bankolé ... Mamadou (as Isaac De Bankole)
Macha Méril ... Madame Beauvier (as Macha Meril)
Nathalie Richard ... Mademoiselle Fournier
Anthony Roth Costanzo Anthony Roth Costanzo ... Francis Fortescue
Bob Swaim ... Bob Smith
Virginie Ledoyen ... Billy's Mother
Luisa Conlon Luisa Conlon ... Young Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 7
Samuel Gruen Samuel Gruen ... Benoit / Young Billy Willis, Age 7
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Storyline

This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story. Jones here is portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero and now successful author who obviously drinks too much and is starting to experience health problems. Living in France with his wife, daughter, and an adopted son, the family travels an unconventional road that leaves all of them as outsiders to others. Preaching a sexual freedom, his daughter's sexual acceptance begins at an early age and betrays her when the family moves to Hanover in America. Her sexuality is definitely not the normal for American teens and gives her a bad reputation and outcasts her. Meanwhile her brooding brother struggles with his own inner turmoils about his early desertion in life. Only within the tight knit confines of his family is he comfortable to even speak. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The city of lights. A famous American author and the decade that changed a generation...forever.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La hija de un soldado nunca llora See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,517, 20 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,759,596, 22 November 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The family is watching Thunderbolt and Lightfoot on TV, which was not even released to theatres until 1974, but we later see a date on a gravestone of 1973 (which means the TV scene was probably set in 1972, since there was an intervening New Year's Eve scene). See more »

Crazy Credits

The cast part of the credits is divided into three parts: First "Billy" (1-27), Then "Francis" (28-41), and finally "Daddy" (42-51) See more »


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Enjoyable, Rambling Story With "True Life" Feel
21 March 2000 | by RJK-8See all my reviews

We got this video from library without knowing anything about it, except for the good reputations of the actors & director. The story rambles along following the lives of a young American girl & family living in Paris -- their adoption of a French boy, and how their lives change as the two grow up, eventually moving to North Carolina. The acting is good, and the story details are fascinating and off-beat (her teenage boy friend who sings great soprano opera, for example). Perhaps the father is too good to believe (from a kid's point of view) but it's a warm story that just kind of ends after the father dies. I can see why it might not be hugely popular, but it provides much food for thought and discussion within families as to choices, values, etc. Another plus - great location photography.


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