Clara's Heart

Clara's Heart

Whoopi Goldberg
Director: Robert Mulligan Cast: Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
, Michael Ontkean
Michael Ontkean
, Kathleen Quinlan
Kathleen Quinlan
Robert Mulligan

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Overview

In this sentimental coming-of-age drama, directed by Richard Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird) and written by Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God), Whoopi Goldberg plays Clara Mayfield, whom Leona Hart (Kathleen Quinlan) meets up with in Jamaica, where Leona retreats to mourn the death of her baby daughter. Leona comes from a rich Maryland family and she leaves her husband, Bill (Michael Ontkean), and her young son, David (Neil Patrick Harris), back in the States in order to achieve some personal healing. She tells Clara she is in mourning and Clara responds knowingly, "I knew the fact, but not the substance." Hearing this kind of cryptic Charlie Chan-like aphorism, Leona can't resist Clara and hires her as her maid, taking her back with her, like a pet, to Maryland. "Come meet the most wonderful person," she tells her husband, and, to be sure, Clara is out-of-this-world wonderful, and since David's self-absorbed parents are neglecting him for their own private flirtations and obsessions, Clara takes up the slack and becomes, in effect, David's family. Clara dispenses worldly advice and has him spend weekends with her in the inner-city Jamaican community, where David learns how the other half lives. But just as David is letting his guard down and permitting Clara to become his 30-year-old buddy, Clara reveals a chilling past life that includes rape, incest, and suicide.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/2020
UPC: 0883929719495
Original Release: 1988
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 18,258

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Whoopi Goldberg Clara Mayfield
Michael Ontkean Bill Hart
Kathleen Quinlan Leona Hart
Neil Patrick Harris David Hart
Spalding Gray Dr. Peter Epstein
Beverly Todd Dora
Hattie Winston Blanche Loudon
Wanda Christine Lydia
Maryce Carter Bobs
Angel Harper Rita
Mark Medoff Dr. Stevens
Forry Buckingham Coach Stillson
Kevin Colborn Swim Team Member
Dorothy Cunningham Buxom Woman
Kathryn Dowling Deena
Tania Gauthier Jessica
Tatum Adaire Gauthier Ashley Lafferty
Joy Green Duty Nurse
Dan Griffith Swim Team Member
Alaine Laughton Little Girl
Randy Meeks Ching
Jason Schuyler Swim Team Member
Fred Strother Bundy
Maria Broom Felicia

Technical Credits
Robert Mulligan Director
Anne H. Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
Eric B. Songwriter
Luther Barnes Songwriter
Bambi Breakstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Kenneth A. Carlson Casting
Michelle Cole Songwriter
Michael Daly Songwriter
Michael Daly Songwriter
Martin Elfand Producer
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Daniel Franklin Associate Producer,Production Manager
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Toots Hibbert Songwriter
Jeffrey Howard Production Designer
Isaiah Jones Songwriter
Sid Levin Editor
David McGiffert Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Mark Medoff Screenwriter
Medusah Makeup
Marianne Moloney Executive Producer
Bill Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Claire A. Nelson Consultant/advisor
Albert J. Salzer Associate Producer,Production Manager
Stephen Samuels Songwriter
Stephen Walker Art Director
Elon Wizzart Songwriter

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