7.11 h 34 min199113+
Reese Witherspoon stars in this inspiring drama from director Diane Keaton as a a teenager who befriends a young, partially deaf epileptic girl who is abused by her stepfather.
Diane Keaton
Reese WitherspoonPatricia ArquetteBeau Bridges
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William McnamaraSusan Blakely
Carroll Newman
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4.6 out of 5 stars

332 global ratings

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villainsruleReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good but could have been great
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I watched this because Patricia Arquette is in it. She does an awesome job playing a deaf epileptic girl, I almost forget she is an actor because all I could see/hear was her character. The movie keeps you invested and actually made me tear up. But the movie could have been a lot better. The ending felt rushed to tie things up and a little anti climatic. I was hoping someone was going to get shot or die at the end which would have felt more real and dramatic. But it was pretty mellow and chill, I feel it could have been stretched out and milked a little longer at the end. But really, I wish the movie had been longer and shown more of the abuse the poor girl had endured to make her progress more special.
Be warned, there is a little bit of animal blood and animals being hurt, it’s not long or morbid, it’s more insinuated but still disturbing/sad.
Pretty good movie, I would buy it on dvd and will recommend it to friends/family.
When I first watched this, I had to go and watch it again the next day and plan on watching it a 3rd time with friends next week.
SharpReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Endearing Film about Family and Growth in the 1930's
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This is the first time I've seen this movie and it's absolutely endearing. It's like getting a glimpse into the early 1900's and the way people lived in that era. The movie features a fine cast from Beau Bridges to Reese Witherspoon, all fantastic actors in the depiction of small community, family helping those less fortunate, romance between a young boy seeking college and his natural attraction to a deaf girl. A brother and sister help the illiterate deaf girl, played by Arquette, to learn to live among everyday people who accept her with a little help from a loving and generous family. The film teaches a lot of things but most importantly, how a family grows and develops a more loving, close-knit fabric of genuine family that had been lost when the daughter and son's mother died and the father had given up on life. The deaf Allie is wild, at first, until the brother/sister teach her to read and write. I watched her grow and grew a little bit more, myself. The brother gradually falls in love with a "new and improved" deaf Allie who will charm at times and break your heart at others. I'm very glad I found this movie on Amazon. I could not look away until it was all over. I wished to see more. I would give it more stars if available. If you do not enjoy this movie, then watch it again and it will become more clear, if you like to know some of the "older ways."
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Lisa MillwoodReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie,
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Patricia Arquette was terrific in this movie, but I expected that since she is such a great actress and underrated. I have to say that 14-year-old Reece Witherspoon was terrific, as well. Both actresses have exhibited that they are versatile and are truly good actresses,

The story, itself, was a good story. Pretty typical and no surprises. I think the ending could have been developed a little more. I believe this was a TV movie so I wasn't expecting too much. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I was kind of hoping they killed the horrible stepfather, It would have been a better storyline that would have provided a background to a more developed ending, However, this was originally a novel and I assume they stayed true to the original story, I would recommend this movie, It does tend to lend itself to the "chick flick" category :-)
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Lee ArmstrongReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Seek This Gem
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Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting Oscar this year for Boyhood & is currently starring the CBS series "Cyber CSI." That triggered me to want to see some of her earlier work, which led to "Wildflower." Arquette is nothing short of amazing in this early role of hers. As Alice Guthrie, she convincingly portrays a deaf child compounded by social deprivations of backwoods misunderstanding. Her epileptic grand mal seizure was frightening. The arc in her character is breathtaking. Reese Witherspoon also is excellent as Ellie Perkins, a young girl whose mother is deceased, raised by her illiterate father played by Beau Bridges. William McNamera plays Ellie's brother Sammy who develops a crush on Alice and longs to go to college. The dynamic between the three teen leads is excellent, directed with a steady hand by Diane Keaton. Norman Max Maxwell who has not done a lot of work this century plays Ormand Guthrie, the often drunk and violent step-father of Alice. He is indeed scary in the role. The film is a made-for-television film and has a PG13 feel to it. It has many excellent themes like the value of friendship, choosing your friends on their personal qualities rather than social status and family loyalty. Well worth seeking this gem out. Enjoy!
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PeteReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Classic Film and the Best Movie I never heard of...
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This is one of the dearest films we've ever seen. A truly heartfelt and heartwarming story set in the early 40's. Reese Witherspoon, as a child actress was wonderful and Patricia Arquette worthy of an academy award, as was the movie itself. We were just scrolling through the movies on Amazon and came upon this film with no idea what it was except the listing of Reese in the cast. I was amazed and it took a minute to recognize her as the spunky Tomboy riding a horse in the opening scenes. The story pulled us in immediate and brought us to laughter and tears throughout. To me this was classic in the realm of Grapes of Wrath and The Miracle Worker. We loved it and hope you do too!
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Eve G. AndersonReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Caring for the Unfortunate
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Reese Witherspoon is an amazing actress. She played this difficult role with great compassion and in a manner that really increased the emotion felt for this terribly mistreated young lady. The story was compelling and the characters well developed.. It was difficult to believe that anyone could treat a person so terribly but unfortunately there are cases in which such a degree of meanness have occurred. It was an excellent example of how people can make a difference in someone's life if they are willing to make the effort to help.
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SireyeReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this movie
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I saw this movie back in the day and it became a fav of mine. I actually recorded it on a VHS tape when that use to be the thing to do. Glad to see it on here. Love Reese and Patricia's roles.
BHReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly recommended
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Thank you to all the others that posted high reviews; because of those, I watched this and glad I did. A beautiful story. Impressive portrayals by young actors. I love stories that remind us that all is not what you see on the surface.
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