The Adventures of Ociee Nash
From two sisters, Producer Amy McGary and Director Kristen McGary, comes the classic family film The Adventures of Ociee Nash set in 1898 and starring KEITH CARRADINE as Papa Nash, introducing SKYLER DAY as Ociee Nash, and with MARE WINNINGHAM as Aunt Mamie Nash.
For the young, spirited nine-year-old Ociee Nash, nothing could be more exciting than romping through her beloved Mississippi countryside with her brother Ben and her faithful four-legged companion, “Woofer.” However, Ociee’s idyllic life is thrown into a tailspin when her Papa realizes that because of the death of Ociee’s mother, and Ociee’s run-in with a mysterious Gypsy, the rough-and-tumble world of their rural farm is not the place for Ociee to be growing up. Papa decides it is time to send Ociee to Asheville, N.C. where her Aunt Mamie can teach her to become “a young lady.” Sadly, Ociee boards the train to Asheville.
Once on her way, it’s not long before Ociee meets an array of interesting characters: Nellie Bly, Orville and Wilbur Wright (TY PENNINGTON of Trading Spaces in his feature film debut), and even the President of the United States, William McKinley, for whom Ociee inspires a campaign slogan.
In Asheville, Ociee and Aunt Mamie quickly find there are two sides to every story. Trading in dungarees for dresses, Ociee tries her best to adjust, but finds herself compelled to hold onto her spirited heart. Ociee befriends the proper young Elizabeth Murphy, but a trip to the creek and a meeting with young Harry Vanderbilt and the creek boys, finds Ociee and Elizabeth in over their heads. Aunt Mamie is more determined than ever that Ociee now conform to her strict standards. However, Aunt Mamie’s soft heart is revealed when Ociee invites her childhood friend, Mr. Lynch, over for Sunday dinner.
Ociee’s true bravery, character and spirit come to the forefront when a fire at the Murphy house threatens the life of young Elizabeth Murphy. A triumphant “Ociee Nash Day” celebration ensues to everyone’s delight.
Ociee Nash is a delightful child and this movie is great entertainment for the whole family. As Ociee goes on her adventures the viewer will laugh and cry. Being a tomboy as I grew up, I can relate to Ociee, but her world changes when her father sends her to her aunt’s house. He believes that there are some things that only a woman can teach Ociee. Ociee meets all types of surprising people on the trip to her aunt’s house. One such person is the President of the United States, who sends her a letter acknowledging her bravery after she saves her friend from a house fire. This movie is highly enjoyable and will be a great family night feature.