Clara's Heart 1988 PG-13 CC

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David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper.

Starring:
Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Ontkean
Runtime:
1 hour 48 minutes

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Clara's Heart

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Genres Drama
Director Robert Mulligan
Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Ontkean
Supporting actors Kathleen Quinlan, Neil Patrick Harris, Spalding Gray, Beverly Todd, Hattie Winston, Jason Downs, Caitlin Thompson, Maria Broom, Wanda Christine, Maryce Carter, Angel Harper, Frederick Strother, Joseph Muth, Warren Long, Dorthy Cunningham, Alaine Laughton, Randy Meeks, Kathryn Dowling
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Very good film.
Tanika L. Carroll
Whoopi Goldberg played a good role!
Dee Smalls!
We need more movies like this.
Liz Gee

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "nanabush" on June 28, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The reason why l love this film so much is the performance of Academy Award-winner, Whoopi Goldberg. People tend to label her a gifted comedienne but that`s not all she is, as this film proves. In the role of Clara Mayfield, Whoopi Goldberg recaptures the spirit and beauty of her award-winning portrayal of Celie from "The Colour Purple". As l sat watching this film, l was mesmerized by her. And newcomer, Neil Patrick Harris` Golden Globe-nominated performance as David is equally powerful. The dramatic score is another plus. Sweeping notes from the piano, flute and mandolin are enchanting to listen to and they only add more beautiful textures to the film. Now that l`ve explained what l love about the actors and score, l should tell you a little bit about the story. The film is basically about Jamaican housekeeper, Clara Mayfield (Whoopi Goldberg), who comes into the life of a troubled young boy named David (Neil Patrick Harris). David is a young man caught in the middle of his parents` messy divorce. I'm sure a lot of people out there can relate to this story. Clara is the one who helps David confront his pain, and in turn the two develop a strong bond of friendship and love. I highly recommend this film which is filled with terrific performances, especially by the talented Whoopi Goldberg. This woman can make me laugh and cry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2003
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This is a beautifully textured film about Clara Mayfield, a Jamaican care-giver, and David Hart, the troubled young boy who is her sole charge. He is the son of Leona and Bill Hart, two self-absorbed individuals whose marriage is crumbling all around them.
Clara takes care of David and with her warm, motherly personality gives him the succor he craves, helping him with the pain of being emotionally bereft. He, in turn, loves her unconditionally and is even given to speaking patois, cementing the strong bond between them. Without his knowing it, he helps her to come to terms with her own pain and terrible secret.
Whoopi Goldberg is a wonderful actress who gives rich dimension to the role of Clara Mayfield, infusing her with an intelligence, wisdom, and warmth that is palpable. Just beneath the surface, however, one senses a tremendous desolation that becomes clear at the end, when her terrible secret is revealed. Whoopi also captures the rhythm of the lilting Jamaican accent and gets the patois down pat. It is one of her most memorable roles.
Neil Patrick Harris is terrific in the role of David, making his love for Clara believable and touching. His integration into Clara's Jamaican world is also moving, as he seeks to find a place he can truly call home. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and he even learns to speak a respectable Jamaican patois. All this, however, cannot stop his parents from claiming him in the end.
Kathleen Quinlan is excellent as the coolly detached, yuppie mother, while Michael Ontkean resonates as the ambitious and driven yuppie father.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher Haines on February 9, 2007
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This film is more than it wants to be. The critic and cynic in me would gleefully join Mr. Marshall Fine in enumerating the many ways this film tries to manipulate its audience. First on my list would be the score by Dave Grusin which acts as a musical leash to pull the audience where they probably would have gone anyway. But that is where I will stop, because although the film does everything in its power to convince us it's the cinematic equivalent of Prozac, it betrays this image by containing subtle, powerful insights that set it apart from its saccharine ilk. There IS something different here, you just have to know where to look. Its not so much about what Clara does for David, a lot of his problems remain after her departure... What is special about "Clara's Heart" is that its about the indestructible bond that unites two people. Clara was there for David when he needed her but she did not, could not, and would not clap her hands together and say something to the effect of: "my work is done." In so many other films like this things are "set right" because of a character's influence. Not so here. Clara does not embark upon a project she can finish. What she does is bring David to a point where he can continue on his own, though he does not feel that way at the time. The "powerful force" that Clara speaks of is not diminished by time or space. A movie that celebrates that kind of bond (which absolutely CAN exist) does not deserve to be dismissed as easily as the rest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stewart L on November 3, 2005
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THIS MOVIE IS A REAL TEAR JERKER.WHOPPI PLAYS A JAMACIAN CARE GIVER.SHE IS TO TAKE CARE OF A LITTLE BOY.SHE HAS TO TEACH HIM HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES.THIS MOVIE IS NOT ONLY A TEAR-JERKER,IT WILL MELT YOUR HEART.THE BOY IS NEIL PATRICK HAUSER,DOOGIE HOUSER THIS MOVIE IS VERY SPECIAL.THE REVIEW APPLIES TO THE VHS EDITION,IF YOU CAN FIND IT. !!!SAY HOW ABOUT THE DVD RELEASE!!! UPDATE 7/11/07. THERE IS A EUROPEAN RELEASE ON REGION 2 THAT IS OFFICIAL! AND IS WIDESCREEN! YES ON WARNER BROTHERS IN GERMANY 7 32192111834 GOOD LUCK THANK YOU!
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