The Hired Heart (1997)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  13 October 1997 (USA)
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A small-town, country doctor has been a widow for two years but is still in love with her dead husband, Michael. Despite the best efforts of her father in law to marry her off to the local ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garnet Hadley
Mike Hadley
Allison Hossack ...
Barbara Gates Wilson ...
Ed Pullman
Jimmy Rawlinbow
Judith Buchan ...
Edanna Andrews ...
Dave Leader ...
J.C. Roberts ...
Merle Atwood
Bill Presidente ...
Benjamin Dohy ...
Danny Cole
Moses (as Dan Libman)


A small-town, country doctor has been a widow for two years but is still in love with her dead husband, Michael. Despite the best efforts of her father in law to marry her off to the local eligible bachelors, she still remains so. The week-long county fair is approaching and her father in law traps her into an unfair deal involving the feeding of her bull and her attendance at the fair with a suitable escort. She decides to call his bluff by hiring a male escort to attend the fair as her lover. However, things don't go quite according to plan as he smells a rat and investigates the new boyfriend and even worse the escort starts to fall in love with her! Things come to a head at the Bison Hall dance, the highlight of the fair, when the girlfriend of the escort arrives in town and the escort forces her into making a choice between him and her dead husband Michael! Written by Mark Smith <>

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Garnet Hadley needed a boyfriend ... So she hired one.


Drama | Romance





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13 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Coeur à louer  »

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Could have been one of the greats.
3 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You should have seen this script before the director messed it up. It was originally under option at 20th Century Fox for a feature film. The director had no sense of humor and was completely oblivious to small town western life and it still turned out pretty good. Grahm Green's part as "Keith" was hysterical and much larger in the script. Most of his part got edited out by the director and that was after he agreed to do the part for much less money than he usually gets. If David Lestor, the original producer scheduled would have filmed the work, it would have been 1997's "Sleepless in Seattle". As it was, it did the best numbers Lifetime had seen for an original movie to that point. It could have been so much more with another director!

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