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Within These Walls (2001)





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A woman behind bars learns to reach out to someone with whom she has almost nothing in common as she begins to help others in this made-for-TV drama, inspired by a true story. Joan Thomas (Ellen Burstyn) is a woman whose life has been a long trip down a rough road; Thomas has a problem with drugs, and after being arrested for possession, she's sentenced to prison with a number of hardened criminals. Sister Pauline Quinn (Laura Dern) is a nun working with prison inmates who senses Thomas is at heart a good person whose life can still be turned around; while Thomas proves to be a tough nut to crack, in time Quinn is able to interest Thomas in a special program in which inmates help train dogs which will be used to help the handicapped. As Thomas works with Quinn and helps teach her dog the needed skills, she learns the positive aspects of connecting with others for the first time. Within These Walls was originally produced as part of the award-winning television anthology series The Hallmark Hall Of Fame; it first aired on August 20, 2001.


Ellen Burstyn
as Joan Thomas
Laura Dern
as Sister Pauline Quinn
LaTanya Richardson
as Superintendent Melinda Donavaon
Maria Herrera
as Leda Cervantes
Lucinda Davis
as Eliza Egan
Karen Glave
as Off. Byrd
Eve Crawford
as Sister Katherine
Marium Carvell
as Eliza's Mother
Alison Darcy
as Miranda
Danette Mackay
as Emily's Mother
Tim Progosh
as Emily's Father
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... Burstyn and Dern would be worth watching in a phone booth.

February 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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