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A Test of Love (1984)

Annie's Coming Out (original title)
PG | | Drama | 12 April 1985 (USA)
In the 1970s, Jessica Hathaway (Angela Punch McGregor) joins the staff of Brentwood Hospital, a government facility for handicapped children in Melbourne, Australia. One of her patients is ... See full summary »

Director:

Gil Brealey

Writers:

John Patterson (screenplay), Chris Borthwick (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Punch McGregor Angela Punch McGregor ... Jessica Hathaway
Drew Forsythe Drew Forsythe ... David Lewis
Liddy Clark Liddy Clark ... Sally Clements
Monica Maughan Monica Maughan ... Vera Peters
Philippa Baker Philippa Baker ... Sister Waterman
Tina Arhondis Tina Arhondis ... Annie O'Farrell
Mark Butler Mark Butler ... Doctor John Monroe
John Frawley John Frawley ... Harding
Wallas Eaton Wallas Eaton ... Dr. Rowell (as Wallace Eaton)
Lyn Collingwood Lyn Collingwood ... Mrs. O'Farrell
Laurie Dobson Laurie Dobson ... Mr. O'Farrell
Carl Bleazby Carl Bleazby ... Bill Hathaway
Esme Melville Esme Melville ... Mrs. Arnold
Judith Graham Judith Graham ... Mrs. Hathaway
Alistair Duncan Alistair Duncan ... Hopgood
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In the 1970s, Jessica Hathaway (Angela Punch McGregor) joins the staff of Brentwood Hospital, a government facility for handicapped children in Melbourne, Australia. One of her patients is Annie O'Farrell (Tina Arhondis), whose cerebral palsy has kept her institutionalized since the age of 3. Convinced the girl, now 13, has been misdiagnosed as legally retarded, Jessica teaches her to communicate through a Ouija board in this true story about the fight to free Annie from institutional care. Written by Elora Matthias

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Angela Punch McGregor in her most stunning performance to date See more »

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Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Test of Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Film Australia See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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The film was nominated for seven AFI (Australian Film Insitute) Awards and ended up winning three gongs including Best Film. See more »

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I challenge anyone with a hard done by complex to see this movie can safely say they won't. have one anymore!
8 March 2011 | by Allen70See all my reviews

Annie's Coming Out based on a book by Rosemary Crossley and Anne McDonald, is about Miss Crossley's experience at an Australian institution for disabled children, the institution in which she encountered Miss McDonald. Crippled by cerebral palsy and confined in the institution from the age of 3, Miss McDonald was entirely unable to communicate when Miss Crossley first met her. She was thought to be badly retarded and, in keeping with the harsh customs of the institution in which she was confined, was treated accordingly But Miss Crossley somehow sensed the child's intelligence. And she eventually taught her to communicate by means of a letter board and with the motion of her tongue. Over the years, she and Miss McDonald developed a familial bond, and a great deal of love and loyalty. In 1979, when Annie was 18, Miss Crossley launched a fight against the skeptics and bureaucrats who doubted Annie's abilities and wanted to preserve the institution's reputation, a fight to win Annie's freedom.

I challenge anyone with a hard done by complex to see this movie can safely say they won't. have one anymore I can really identify with Annie because I suffer with a different degree. Of the same disability I have speech difficulties some people treat me a little the same way. anyway excellent acting by all 5 out of 10


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