The Ballad of Lucy Whipple

"While the world headed West for gold, one family came for adventure."
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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple is a dramatic movie released for television in 2001, produced by CBS and based upon a novel by Karen Cushman. Starring Jena Malone, Glenn Close, and Bruce McGill, the movie tells the story of a family that moves to California during the 1850s gold rush. Arvella (Close) is mother to Lucy (Malone), and the conflict between the two is both timeless and truthful. Arvella's strong, stubborn approach to life grates on homesick Lucy's loneliness, and the two seem incapable of ever understanding one another.

Lucy is the film's narrator and title character, but Arvella is its heart. Lucy's growth as a person must lead her to decide whether she'll accept California as her home, and Arvella as her mother, but all along it's Arvella's determination to do right by those she loves that carries the film.

| 2001 | 1 hr 31 min | 6.3/10
Glenn Close, Jena Malone, Bruce McGill, Meat Loaf
Jeremy Kagan
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