Well-written, fast-paced, beautifully acted, and given the spiritual essence based on Catherine Marshall's novel, Return to Cutter Gap, the first in a series of new movies, is wonderful family entertainment and rated G. There is a brand new cast; Lauren Lee Smith as Christy, James Waterston as David, and Diane Ladd as Miss Alice; to adjust to but they make the roles vacated by Kellie Martin, Randall Batinkoff, and Tyne Daly completely their own! The return of the original series cast members, including Stewart Finlay-McLennan as ruggedly handsome physician Dr. Neil MacNeill, makes the transition of the new cast members extremely easy. The story continues where the original series left off. Christy, the dedicated teacher of a one-room church/schoolhouse in Cutter Gap, TN in 1912, may still be uncertain about the man she is truly in love with, either Reverend David Grantland or Dr. Neil MacNeill, but she is also confronted with the uncertainty of the mountain people she has grown to love due to inevitable change and must rely on her faith to overcome these obstacles. A terrific story!
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