Lantern Hill (film)

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Lantern Hill
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Written by Lucy Maud Montgomery (original novel)
Kevin Sullivan
Fiona McHugh
Directed by Kevin Sullivan
Starring Mairon Bennett
Sam Waterston
Patricia Phillips
Zoe Caldwell
Sarah Polley
Colleen Dewhurst
Theme music composer John Welsman
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Jim Burt
Trudy Grant
Cathy Johnson
Jay Rayvid
David Shepherd
Kevin Sullivan
Running time 111 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)

Sullivan Entertainment

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Lantern Hill is a 1990 television film written and directed by filmmaker Kevin Sullivan and based on the novel by L.M. Montgomery, Jane of Lantern Hill. The film was co-produced by Sullivan Entertainment, the Disney Channel and CBC.

For the production of the film, Lantern Hill was filmed using the same house used for Sullivan's earlier production, Anne of Green Gables, though painted orange. Many of the actors and actresses from Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Road to Avonlea made appearances in this film.

Synopsis[edit]

12 year old Jane Stuart (Mairon Bennett) has long been told by her Grandmother Kennedy (Zoe Caldwell) that her father is dead. But when her mother, Robin Stuart (Patricia Phillips) returns home after recovering from a long illness, Jane learns that her mysterious father, Andrew Stuart (Sam Waterston) is still alive. When Jane finally meets her father and travels with him to Prince Edward Island to stay at Lantern Hill, their family home, she discovers that he is a kind man that cares deeply for both her and her mother. Determined to bring her parents back together, Jane enlists the aid of Hepzibah (Colleen Dewhurst), a powerful mystic, to help her solve an old mystery that has torn apart her family. In a subplot, Jody Turner (Sarah Polley) is an abused servant girl who lives next door to Jane. They become best friends. Jody follows Jane on her journey and winds up working hard labor for several different people. Jane and Hepziba convince Hepziba's sisters to adopt Jody, which they oppose to at first because they want a boy. But later on they agree to adopt Jody {It's inferred that Hepziba somehow made them change their minds.} Later on, Hepziba dies with Jane and Jody by her side.

Cast[edit]

  • Jane Stuart – Mairon Bennett
  • Andrew Stuart – Sam Waterston
  • Robin Stuart – Patricia Phillips
  • Mrs. Kennedy – Zoe Caldwell
  • Jody – Sarah Polley
  • Hepzibah – Colleen Dewhurst
  • Aunt Irene – Vivian Reis
  • Violet Titus – Joyce Campion
  • Justina Titus – Florence Paterson
  • Lillian Morrow – Sharry Flett
  • Evelyn Morror – Glori Gage
  • Aggie – Dora Dainton
  • William Kennedy – Robert Benson
  • Phyllis Kennedy – Juno Mills Cockell
  • Gertrude Kennedy – Jillian Cook
  • Frank Price – James Mainprize
  • Mary Price – Judy Sinclair
  • Cook - Valerie Boyle
  • Superintendent - Durward Allen
  • Mrs.Stanley - Esther Hockin
  • Anne Farquhar - Cecily Stanley
  • Agnes Ripley - Alyson Court
  • Schoolgirl - Dorion Davis
  • Mrs.Simpson - Denise Fergusson
  • Charlotte Simpson - Ellen Dubin
  • Little Schoolgirl - Gillian Steeve
  • Poultry Boy - Noam Zylberman
  • Owen Meade - Gareth Bennett
  • Jimmy-John Meade - Zachary Bennett
  • Dr.Arnett - Dan MacDonald
  • Milkman - Paul Coeur
  • Train Conductor - Jack Mather
  • Train Cook - Jason St. Amour

List of Awards[edit]

  • Heartland Film Festival – Crystal Heart Award, 1992
  • 2 Gemini Awards:
    • Best Supporting Actress (Sarah Polley), 1991
    • Best Costume Design (Martha Mann), 1991
  • ACE Award – Best Supporting Actress (Colleen Dewhurst), 1990
  • Emmy Nomination – Best Supporting Actress (Colleen Dewhurst), 1990
  • Frankfurt Film Festival – Nominated, 1990
  • 38th Annual Columbus Film Festival – Honourable Mention – Art & Culture Category, 1990
  • International Film & Television Festival of New York – Family Special – Finalist Certificate, 1990

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