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A Mother's Gift (1995)

TV Movie  |   |  Western  |  16 April 1995 (USA)
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A singer and her husband leave their home in their frontier town for Pioneer life in the West but realizes that life in the west is hard on their marriage and her dreams.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Deal
William Deal
Isobelle as an adult
John Deal as adult
Herman Mandelbrot
Sarah Lutz
Gus Reinmuller
Kristine Reinmuller
Ed Matthews
Henry Lutz (as James Prince)
David Denney ...
Daniel Gullahorn ...
Helen Cates ...
Isobelle McKenzie


A singer and her husband leave their home in their frontier town for Pioneer life in the West but realizes that life in the west is hard on their marriage and her dreams.

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A Lantern in Her Hand  »

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Great movie, but....
6 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As so often happens, once you read the book, it is hard to accept the necessity to delete the detail that must be omitted in a two-hour movie. I am 53 and read this novel ("A Lantern in Her Hand") when I was in the 6th or 7th grade. One detail I remember: When, as children, Will Deal told our heroin to not eat "love apples" (tomatoes) because they're poisonous. That was the belief in the early days of our country, and so, this brought a ring of reality to the story. Such details had to be omitted, of course. The novel stayed with me so long, that I recognized this movie immediately when I started to view it. I highly recommend it to anyone. This is not a "chick flick" but rather a timeless tribute to our pioneers, male and female, and the hardships that strengthened their bonds and their resolve. Bravo to Hollywood for a movie with true substance, and not one special effect!!!!!

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