Joni (film)

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Directed by James F. Collier
Produced by Frank R. Jacobson
Screenplay by James F. Collier
Based on Joni
by Joni Eareckson and Joe Musser
Starring Joni Eareckson Tada
Music by
  • Tedd Smith
  • Rob Tregenza
Cinematography Frank Raymond
Edited by Duane Hartzell
Distributed by World Wide Pictures
Release date
  • October 24, 1980 (1980-10-24)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million[1]

Joni is a 1980 drama film directed by James F. Collier. It is based on the book of the same name and is the true story of Joni Eareckson Tada (played by herself), a seventeen-year-old girl who becomes paralyzed after a diving accident. Through her physical, emotional and spiritual struggles, Joni learns to trust in God. Billy Graham financed the film through his company World Wide Pictures and appears in a cameo.[1]


In 1967, at age 17, Joni Eareckson is involved in a diving accident that leaves her a quadriplegic. As she attempts to come to terms with her new disability, her Christian faith grows.



Joni premiered on October 24, 1980, in Los Angeles. It played in New York on March 4, 1983.[2]


Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote the film is made more interesting and poignant by casting Tada as herself.[3] TV Guide rated it 2/4 stars and called Tada "a natural actress".[4]


  1. ^ a b Steele, Lee (1981-01-16). "Quadriplegic Courageously Portrays Spiritual Journey". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Joni". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (1983-03-04). "EVANGELICAL 'JONI'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Joni". TV Guide. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 

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