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Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995)

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A city girl teams up with a tomboy to solve the mystery of Bear Mountain, Molly Morgan, and the buried treasure as well as learn about true friendships.

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Kevin James Dobson

Writer:

Barry Glasser
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Ricci ... Beth Easton
Anna Chlumsky ... Jody Salerno
Polly Draper ... Kate Easton
Brian Kerwin ... Matt Hollinger
Diana Scarwid ... Lynette Salerno
David Keith ... Ray Karnisak
Gillian Barber ... Grace Briggs
Ashleigh Aston Moore ... Tracy Briggs
Jewel Staite ... Samantha
Amy Kirk Amy Kirk ... Molly Morgan
Dwight McFee ... Sgt. Weller
Andrew Wheeler ... Hank
Roger Cross ... Paramedic (as Roger R. Cross)
Kimberley Warnat ... Girl
Jesse Moss ... Adam
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Storyline

Moving from the big city (LA) to a backwater town is always difficult, but especially for the one doing the moving. After her dad's death, Beth Easton and her mother, Kate, move to the house left to the family by a deceased aunt. Kate meets up with several old friends, but Beth has none. Slowly, however, she makes friends, despite the lack of a nearby mall or anything else to do. Soon she meets up with two boys fighting ... except one isn't a boy, but a girl. The girl, Jody, is shunned by her peers as a "bad kid." As the film progresses, we see Jody as the apparent victim of a bad relationship between her own widowed mother and Ray, a man who, like everybody else, grew up in the town. Somehow, Beth sees that Jody isn't all that bad; "she just needs a friend." Beth sticks by her, even when Jody is blamed for almost killing Beth. Jody has a dream, though, a dream of finding lost gold in Bear Mountain, left there by a legendary woman named Molly Morgan. Jody has a map, and she has a "... Written by Joe Sewell <jsewell@iu.net>

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Some friendships are worth a fortune


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements, including a child's exposure to domestic abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caçadoras de Aventuras See more »

Filming Locations:

Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,535,645, 5 November 1995

Gross USA:

$6,029,091

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,029,091
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jody was the one who quoted the Winnie the Pooh line correctly. In the book, it's "what is who" not "which is who." See more »

Goofs

When Jody and Beth are first entering the cave on the river, Jody grabs a stalactite and gets off the boat. When she does the stalactite obviously moves. See more »

Quotes

Jody Salerno: Nobody ever believes me.
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You Should Be Dancing
Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
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teases great adventure
2 August 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1980. Recent widower Kate Easton (Polly Draper) moves her daughter Beth (Christina Ricci) from L.A. to Wheaton, Washington into the farm inherited from her aunt. Beth struggles with small town life and befriends tomboy black sheep Jody Salerno (Anna Chlumsky). They don't get along at first but they bond over Winnie the Pooh and their dead fathers. Jody has a troubled home life with mother Lynette (Diana Scarwid) and her boyfriend Ray Karnisak (David Keith). Jody tells Beth about Bear Mountain and the legend of gold miner Molly Morgan.

This starts great with two charismatic child actresses in an outdoors adventure that is often left for the boys. Their relationship is interesting. They even get on a boat like all great adventures. The caves are the first signs of trouble. They are grim, artificial, and not magical. What starts as a great adventure turns into a melodrama. The adults are all dumber than the kids. I want this to be Goonies or even Stand by Me. Instead, it teases that but gives something less. In the end, there is still the compelling friendship.


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