Melinda Dillon

Melinda Rose Dillon (born October 13, 1939) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the holiday classic A Christmas Story. Description above from the Wikipedia article Melinda Dillon, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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A Christmas Story (1983)

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The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Clark
CAST:  Melinda Dillon  •  Darren McGavin  •  Peter Billingsley  •  Ian Petrella

The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Clark
CAST:  Melinda Dillon  •  Darren McGavin  •  Peter Billingsley  •  Ian Petrella

Magnolia (1999)

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An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  William H. Macy  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tom Cruise

An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  William H. Macy  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tom Cruise

Absence of Malice (1981)

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Megan Carter is a reporter duped into running an untrue story on Michael Gallagher, a suspected racketeer. He has an alibi for the time his crime was allegedly committed—but it involves an innocent party. When he tells Carter the truth and the newspaper runs it, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sydney Pollack
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Sally Field  •  Bob Balaban  •  Melinda Dillon

Megan Carter is a reporter duped into running an untrue story on Michael Gallagher, a suspected racketeer. He has an alibi for the time his crime was allegedly committed—but it involves an innocent party. When he tells Carter the truth and the newspaper runs it, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sydney Pollack
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Sally Field  •  Bob Balaban  •  Melinda Dillon

Adam & Steve (2005)

Adam and Steve are two gay youths who have a one-night stand that ends embarrassingly. Nearly two decades later, Adam, now a Manhattan tour guide, and Steve, a psychiatrist, meet again -- but neither remembers the other from years before. The two begin dating, even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Chester
CAST:  Malcolm Gets  •  Parker Posey  •  Chris Kattan  •  Craig Chester

Adam and Steve are two gay youths who have a one-night stand that ends embarrassingly. Nearly two decades later, Adam, now a Manhattan tour guide, and Steve, a psychiatrist, meet again -- but neither remembers the other from years before. The two begin dating, even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Chester
CAST:  Malcolm Gets  •  Parker Posey  •  Chris Kattan  •  Craig Chester

Bound for Glory (1976)

A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Ronny Cox  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Gail Strickland

A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Ronny Cox  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Gail Strickland

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  François Truffaut  •  Teri Garr  •  Melinda Dillon

After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  François Truffaut  •  Teri Garr  •  Melinda Dillon

F.I.S.T. (1978)

Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and finally senator Madison starts a campaign to find the truth about the alleged ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Rod Steiger  •  Peter Boyle  •  Melinda Dillon

Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and finally senator Madison starts a campaign to find the truth about the alleged ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Rod Steiger  •  Peter Boyle  •  Melinda Dillon

Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

Returning from a hunting trip in the forest, the Henderson family's car hits an animal in the road. At first they fear it was a man, but when they examine the "body" they find it's a "bigfoot". They think it's dead so they decide to take it home (there could be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dear
CAST:  John Lithgow  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Margaret Langrick  •  Joshua Rudoy

Returning from a hunting trip in the forest, the Henderson family's car hits an animal in the road. At first they fear it was a man, but when they examine the "body" they find it's a "bigfoot". They think it's dead so they decide to take it home (there could be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dear
CAST:  John Lithgow  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Margaret Langrick  •  Joshua Rudoy

How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary, in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that Hy and Glady Joe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kate Nelligan

Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary, in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that Hy and Glady Joe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kate Nelligan

Slap Shot (1977)

To build up attendance at their games, the management of a struggling minor-league hockey team signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Strother Martin  •  Michael Ontkean  •  Jennifer Warren

To build up attendance at their games, the management of a struggling minor-league hockey team signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Strother Martin  •  Michael Ontkean  •  Jennifer Warren

The Muppet Movie (1979)

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A Hollywood agent persuades Kermit the Frog to pursue a career in Hollywood. On his way there he meets his future muppet crew while being chased by the desperate owner of a frog-leg restaurant!  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Frawley
CAST:  Jim Henson  •  Frank Oz  •  Jerry Nelson  •  Richard Hunt

A Hollywood agent persuades Kermit the Frog to pursue a career in Hollywood. On his way there he meets his future muppet crew while being chased by the desperate owner of a frog-leg restaurant!  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Frawley
CAST:  Jim Henson  •  Frank Oz  •  Jerry Nelson  •  Richard Hunt

The Prince of Tides (1991)

A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbra Streisand
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Barbra Streisand  •  Blythe Danner  •  Kate Nelligan

A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbra Streisand
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Barbra Streisand  •  Blythe Danner  •  Kate Nelligan

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)

Three New York drag queens on their way to Hollywood for a beauty pageant get stranded in a small Midwestern town for the entire weekend when their car breaks down. While waiting for parts for their Cadillac convertible, the flamboyant trio shows the local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Beeban Kidron
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Wesley Snipes  •  John Leguizamo  •  Stockard Channing

Three New York drag queens on their way to Hollywood for a beauty pageant get stranded in a small Midwestern town for the entire weekend when their car breaks down. While waiting for parts for their Cadillac convertible, the flamboyant trio shows the local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Beeban Kidron
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Wesley Snipes  •  John Leguizamo  •  Stockard Channing

Debating Robert Lee (2004)

A group of jaded high school students sign up for a debate class taught by a tough, combative teacher from the Georgia Military Academy who teaches them that life is debate and DEBATE IS WAR.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Polier
CAST:  Daniel Letterle  •  Kaley Cuoco  •  Billy Kay  •  Beau Bridges

A group of jaded high school students sign up for a debate class taught by a tough, combative teacher from the Georgia Military Academy who teaches them that life is debate and DEBATE IS WAR.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Polier
CAST:  Daniel Letterle  •  Kaley Cuoco  •  Billy Kay  •  Beau Bridges

Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge (1995)

This is a true story about the relationship between a mother and her daughter, and their struggle to make it to the top in the music world. It is about hopes and dreams... about relationships and about growing up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Roth
CAST:  Kathleen York  •  Viveka Davis  •  Bruce Greenwood  •  Melinda Dillon

This is a true story about the relationship between a mother and her daughter, and their struggle to make it to the top in the music world. It is about hopes and dreams... about relationships and about growing up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Roth
CAST:  Kathleen York  •  Viveka Davis  •  Bruce Greenwood  •  Melinda Dillon

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DIRECTION:  Chuck Martinez
CAST:  Kathy Bates  •  Robert Carradine  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Jacobo Morales

A Painted House (2003)

A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in better conditions. However, with this particularly tough farming season, the boy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfonso Aráu
CAST:  Scott Glenn  •  Arija Bareikis  •  Robert Sean Leonard  •  Melinda Dillon

A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in better conditions. However, with this particularly tough farming season, the boy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfonso Aráu
CAST:  Scott Glenn  •  Arija Bareikis  •  Robert Sean Leonard  •  Melinda Dillon

Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993)

The pious John List regularly goes to church and is respected by his neighbours. But one day the police finds his wife Helen and their three children slayed in their house - obviously by John, who left two letters for the police and his priest and disappeared. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Roth
CAST:  Robert Blake  •  Beverly D'Angelo  •  David Caruso  •  Melinda Dillon

The pious John List regularly goes to church and is respected by his neighbours. But one day the police finds his wife Helen and their three children slayed in their house - obviously by John, who left two letters for the police and his priest and disappeared. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Roth
CAST:  Robert Blake  •  Beverly D'Angelo  •  David Caruso  •  Melinda Dillon

Nightbreaker (1989)

Dr. Alexander Brown (Martin Sheen) arrives in Las Vegas, awarded for his recent medical invention. An ex-G.I. tells Brown he was a test subject during the 1950's, exposed to atomic bomb radiation in the Nevada desert-- will Brown help the man uncover the truth? In ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Markle
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Emilio Estevez  •  Lea Thompson  •  Melinda Dillon

Dr. Alexander Brown (Martin Sheen) arrives in Las Vegas, awarded for his recent medical invention. An ex-G.I. tells Brown he was a test subject during the 1950's, exposed to atomic bomb radiation in the Nevada desert-- will Brown help the man uncover the truth? In ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Markle
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Emilio Estevez  •  Lea Thompson  •  Melinda Dillon

Shattered Innocence (1988)

A Kansas high school cheerleader graduates and moves to Los Angeles, becomes an adult film actress and develops a cocaine habit. A dramatized account of real-life adult actress Shauna Grant  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandor Stern
CAST:  Jonna Lee  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Richard Alexander

A Kansas high school cheerleader graduates and moves to Los Angeles, becomes an adult film actress and develops a cocaine habit. A dramatized account of real-life adult actress Shauna Grant  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandor Stern
CAST:  Jonna Lee  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Richard Alexander
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