The Dollmaker (TV) [1984] Jane Fonda

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The Dollmaker (1984) (TV)

The Dollmaker is an American made for TV movie, starring Jane Fonda. It was first broadcast on ABC in 1984. The movie is based on the novel of the same title, written by Harriette Arnow and originally published in 1954.

Mike Bacarella ... Truck Driver
Etel Billig ... Mrs. Bomarita
Phyllis Boyens ... Mrs. Hull
Nikki Creswell ... Cassie
David Dawson ... Amos
Diane Dorsey ... Irish Neighbor
Christine Ebersole ... Miss Vashinski
Jane Fonda ... Gertie Nevels
Derek Googe
Cheryl Hamada ... Mrs. Saito
James N. Harrell ... Old John Miller
Ann Hearn ... Max
Dan Hedaya ... Skyros
Levon Helm ... Clovis
Susan Kingsley ... Sophronie
Bruce McKinnon ... Soldier
Geraldine Page ... Mrs. Kendrick
Elizabeth Perez ... School Girl
Amanda Plummer ... Mamie
Robert Swan ... Victor (as Bob Swan)
Studs Terkel
Mike Timoney ... Army Major
Starla Whaley ... Clytie
Jamie Wild ... Gilbert
Jason Wild ... Jean-Claude
David Brady Wilson ... Enoch
Sheb Wooley
Jason Yearwood ... Reuben

Contemporary film and fiction are filled with portraits of men who wield power, go to war, and lead others. In the long run, however, it is ordinary people who make the world go round. They do useful work, raise their families, and try to pass on something of value to the next generation. Their heroism is the quiet heroism of making do. Few good stories exist about them, but The Dollmaker is one such example.

This engaging drama centers around an Appalachian woman who struggles to "deal gently and justly" with her family and herself when they move from rural Kentucky to urban Detroit during World War II. Jane Fonda stars in this film based on Harriette Arnow's 1954 best-selling novel which literary critic Joyce Carol Oates has called "our most unpretentious American masterpiece."

The goal for most citizens has been to achieve all that money can buy and to pass on to one's offspring the fruits of the American Dream. Some people, however, have questioned the majority's assumption that "the good life" can be measured by material possessions. They have emphasized alternatives, often settling upon an outwardly simple life that is inwardly rich. Such is the position of Gertie Nevels. The Dollmaker offers viewers an opportunity to clarify their own definition of "the good life," to explore family matters, to examine the contrasts between country and city living, and to discuss some of the challenges of individualism.

American Cinema Editors, USA
1985 Nominated Eddie Best Edited Television Special Rita Roland

Directors Guild of America, USA
1985 Won DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials Daniel Petrie John G. Wilson (unit production manager) (plaque) Gary Daigler (first assistant director) (plaque) Katterli Frauenfelder (second assistant director) (plaque)

Emmy Awards
1984 Won Emmy Outstanding Costume Design for a Limited Series or a Special Julie Weiss (costume designer)
1984 Won Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Jane Fonda

1984 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special Bruce Gilbert (executive producer) Bill Finnegan (producer)
1984 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Film Editing for a Limited Series or a Special Rita Roland
1984 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or a Special Scott D. Smith (production mixer) Chris Carpenter (re-recording mixer) Gordon L. Day (re-recording mixer) Stan Wetzel (re-recording mixer)
1984 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special Susan Cooper (writer) Hume Cronyn (writer)

Golden Globes, USA
1985 Nominated Golden Globe Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
1985 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Jane Fonda

Humanitas Prize
1985 Won Humanitas Prize 90 Minute Category Hume Cronyn Susan Cooper

Writers Guild of America, USA
1985 Won WGA Award (TV) Adapted Drama Anthology Susan Cooper Hume Cronyn