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.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (teleplay) (as Earl Hamner) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Baby Snatcher (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A woman is delighted to have given birth to a baby girl but her life is turned into a nightmare when she goes missing. The police mount a frantic search but to the woman's horror she finds ... See full summary »

Director: Joyce Chopra
Stars: Veronica Hamel, Nancy McKeon, Michael Madsen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Teresa Walden-Stamper is happily married to her husband Paul Stamper and together they have one daughter Katie Stamper. The marriage seems happy until Paul starts abusing Teresa and becomes... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scott
Stars: Adam Storke, Maria Pitillo, Brad Dourif
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A temporary secretary is wrongly accused of killing her boss.

Director: Douglas Jackson
Stars: Nancy McKeon, Michele Scarabelli, Chelsea Field
Strange Voices (TV Movie 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A family begins to fall apart when they find out their eldest daughter, Nancy McKeon, is a victim of schizophrenia.

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Stars: Nancy McKeon, Valerie Harper, Stephen Macht
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Graduates of a Los Angeles high school in 1965 see America's culture and politics gradually change.

Director: Floyd Mutrux
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Ricky Schroder, Kelli Williams
Lightning Field (TV Movie 1991)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

McKeon's baby is kidnapped by a devil-worshipping cult and she uses her new-found psychic abilities to track them down.

Director: Michael Switzer
Stars: Nancy McKeon, Dave Adams, George Aguilar
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of Rosalie Bonnano, the daughter of a powerful New York Mafia boss who married the son of her father's rival, another powerful New York Mafia boss.

Director: John Patterson
Stars: Eric Roberts, Nancy McKeon, Ben Gazzara
Poison Ivy (TV Movie 1985)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two teenage summer camp counselors struggle with their younger campers, providing a variety of humorous situations and romantic encounters.

Director: Larry Elikann
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Nancy McKeon, Caren Kaye
This Child Is Mine (TV Movie 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Fact-based story about an unwed teen (Nancy McKeon) who fought a major court battle to recover her infant daughter from adoptive parents (Lindsay Wagner, Chris Sarandon).

Director: David Greene
Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Chris Sarandon, Michael Lerner
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Markowitz
Stars: Nancy McKeon, Dale Midkiff, Graham Jarvis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Mathematician Teresa just wanted to study during the College spring break. But her friends, who want her to live a little, drag her out to parties. The next thing she knows, she has been ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Cypher
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Nancy McKeon, Lou Diamond Phillips
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An autistic boy who dreams of flying touches everyone he meets, including a new family who has moved in after their father dies.

Director: Nick Castle
Stars: Lucy Deakins, Jay Underwood, Bonnie Bedelia
Edit

Cast

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 (as Beata Pozniak)
...
Ed Matthews
...
Henry Lutz (as James Prince)
...
Maggie
...
Erland
David Denney ...
James
Daniel Gullahorn ...
Dennie
Helen Cates ...
Isobelle McKenzie
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Lantern in Her Hand  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Girl I Left Behind Me
Fifer: Alan Bligh, 6th Texas Volunteer Militia (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Skip the movie, read the book.
24 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I didn't realize that one of my favorite books, A Lantern In Her Hand, was being made into a movie until I saw it on TV. This is another case of an adaptation that strays too far from the book and with a few changes could have been an original story. The movie doesn't do justice to the book at all. Nancy McKeon was the wrong choice for Abby. She's a great actress but not right for this part. Some of the decisions they faced as a family and a couple were changed, altering the dynamics between the characters.

My advice is to stay away from the movie and go read the book and the sequel, which is "A White Bird Flying."


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Mother's Gift (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?