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Love Comes Softly -- A young woman on her way to a new life in the 1800's suddenly finds herself a widow. Now she must live with a recently widowed young man and his daughter. Can any of them find love again?

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Director:
Writers:
Cindy Kelley (teleplay) &
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Release Date:
13 April 2003 (USA) See more »
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Marriage was the deal. Love was the surprise.
Plot:
A young woman on her way to a new life in the 1800's suddenly finds herself a widow. Now she must live with a recently widowed young man and his daughter. Can any of them find love again? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Heart-Warming, Entertaining Movie for the Whole Family to Enjoy! See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Katherine Heigl ... Marty Claridge

Dale Midkiff ... Clark Davis

Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Missie Davis

Corbin Bernsen ... Ben Graham

Theresa Russell ... Sarah Graham
Oliver Macready ... Aaron Claridge
Tiffany Amber Knight ... Laura Graham (as Tiffany Knight)
Adam Loeffler ... Clint Graham
Nick Scoggin ... Reverend Johnson (as Nick Scoggins)

Jaimz Woolvett ... Wagon Train Scout

Rutanya Alda ... Wanda Marshall

Janet Rotblatt ... Woman in Wagon (as Janet Rotbaltt)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Fine ... Jed Larsen (uncredited)

Dani Goldman ... Young Marty (uncredited)
Sommer Knight ... Funeral Woman #3 (uncredited)

Larry Laverty ... Funeral Man (uncredited)
Christina A. Wood ... Ellen Davis (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Landon Jr. 
 
Writing credits
Cindy Kelley (teleplay) &
Michael Landon Jr. (teleplay)

Janette Oke (book)

Produced by
Kevin Bocarde .... producer
Kyle A. Clark .... producer (as Kyle Clark)
Brian Gordon .... supervising producer (as Brian J. Gordon)
H. Daniel Gross .... co-executive producer
Robert Halmi Jr. .... executive producer
Michael Landon Jr. .... co-executive producer
Larry Levinson .... executive producer
Nick Lombardo .... co-executive producer
Michael Moran .... co-executive producer
William Spencer Reilly .... executive producer
Faye Schwab .... co-executive producer
Steven Squillante .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
William Ashford 
Ken Thorne 
Dean Landon (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
James W. Wrenn (director of photography) (as James Wrenn)
 
Film Editing by
Colleen Halsey 
 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
 
Production Design by
John F. Brown 
 
Art Direction by
Mark Stezaker 
 
Costume Design by
Carlie Tracey 
 
Makeup Department
Janice Heaton .... key make-up and hair
Laura Oliva .... make-up assistant
 
Production Management
Kyle A. Clark .... unit production manager (as Kyle Clark)
Richard Morain .... post-production supervisor (as Richard Morain Jr.)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
A. Brooks Medoff .... first assistant director (as Brooks Medoff)
Lon Takiguchi .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Laura M. Freeman .... scenic (as Laura Freeman)
Michael Gregory .... construction coordinator
David McQuade .... prop master (as Dave McQuade)
Lita Minger .... prop assistant
George Perdomo .... carpenter
Jeffrey Viau .... carpenter
Matt Wahl .... art decorator
McJoel Hamilton .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lee Archer .... sound mixer
Bryan Du Toit .... boom operator
Mark Ettel .... mixer
Jim Fitzpatrick .... mixer (as James Fitzpatrick)
Marcel Lehrer .... operator coordinator
Jarmil Maupin .... sound effects design
Patrick O'Sullivan .... adr supervisor
Patrick O'Sullivan .... sound supervisor
Trevor Sperry .... adr mixer
Peter Weiss .... boom operator
Michael Wetherwax .... dialogue editor (as Michael Weatherwax)
 
Special Effects by
George M. Geminiano .... assistant effects (as Jorge Geminiano)
Albert Lannutti .... special effects
 
Stunts
David Burton .... utility stunts
Sam Fossum .... utility stunts
Clint Lilley .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Brewer .... camera intern
Sal Coniglio .... first assistant camera (as Salvatore Coniglio)
Frank Q. Dobbs .... director of photography: "b" camera
Taylor Drake .... dolly grip (as Taylor C. Drake)
Nick Franco .... Steadicam
Nick Franco .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Skip Haswell .... best boy grip
Janet Jensen .... assistant electrician
John Knight .... key grip
Joel Langston .... best boy electric
Daniel L. Magat .... electrician (as Dan Magat)
Patrick McGinley .... grip
Jon Myers .... additional Steadicam (as Jon Meyers)
Ila Packman .... grip
Scott Pepin .... electrician
Dane Peterson .... gaffer
K. Blair Rogers .... second assistant camera (as Blair Rodgers)
Randy Shropshire .... still photographer
Matthew-Michael Tarro .... camera loader
Jeff Warrin .... additional electrician
Vincent Wrenn .... director of photography: "b" camera
Rick Yost .... grip (as Rik Yost)
 
Casting Department
Everett Blix .... locals & extras casting
Amy Davis .... casting assistant
Brooke Davis .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cassondra Peters .... set costumer
Rebecca Smith-Serna .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Charlotte Grau .... colorist
Ryan Kushner .... assistant editor
Andrew Vona .... assistant editor
Frank Sharp .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael Wetherwax .... music editor (as Michael Weatherwax)
 
Transportation Department
Mike Barton .... transportation captain
George M. Geminiano .... driver (as Jorge Geminiano)
Jim Meech .... transportation coordinator
Mark Parshall .... driver
Dean Thom .... driver
Juan Ventura .... driver
Lee Burns .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Balelo .... business affairs
Tammy Boston .... set nurse
Dara Brewer .... account manager
Kelli Brownell .... skunk wrangler
Amy Chance .... staff production supervisor
Sharon Cingle .... script supervisor
Lloyd Clark .... craft service
Phil Cowling .... wrangler
André Devantier .... caterer (as Andre Devantien)
Minnie Duerr .... accountant
Linda Emmons-Cunningham .... location manager
Sharon Evans .... dog wrangler
Patsy Fitzgerald .... production assistant
Matt Fitzsimons .... production associate
Tony Garcia .... chef
Steve Hanna .... wrangler (as Steven Hanna)
Gregory Hernandez .... chef
Liz Hormaechea .... assistant production coordinator
Paula Kramer .... production coordinator
Greg Krutilek .... business affairs
William Lewis .... studio teacher
Clay M. Lilley .... boss wrangler (as Clay Lilley)
Brian Martinez .... production assistant
Erin McLarney .... set nurse
Mark E. Mobley .... base camp manager (as Mark Mobley)
Stephen Niver .... set coordinator (as Steve Niver)
Paul Nolan .... set medic
Erik Olson .... assistant accountant
Mark Parshall .... security
Grace Shou .... assistant set coordinator
Michael Stickles .... security
Tammy Sumner .... security (as Tamara Sumner)
Chang Tseng .... production coordinator
Bradley Werner .... production assistant
Jamil Williams .... key production assistant
 
Thanks
Kathleen Dodge .... special thanks
 

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Brazil:84 min | USA:88 min (DVD version)
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Trivia:
Katherine Heigl had to learn how to milk a cow for her role as Marty Claridge.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Marty first arrives at the Davis homestead and Clarke offers her some ham, as she picks up a piece it can be seen that the piece is spiral sliced ham. The invention and patenting of the spiral slicing method for ham wasn't until 1949 by the founder of the Honeybaked Ham company.See more »
Quotes:
Missie Davis:[Missie and Clark find the chicken coop a mess and the stump with blood on it] Looks like a coyote got in there, Pa.
Clark Davis:[looking at the stump] Or a wild woman with an axe.
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Followed by Love's Everlasting Courage (2011) (TV)See more »

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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A Heart-Warming, Entertaining Movie for the Whole Family to Enjoy!, 18 December 2003
Author: Carmen from Click on my Name for Movie/TV reviews!

I must say that I enjoyed watching "Love Comes Softly". I think it was very entertaining and is suitable for all ages which is always a good thing. Skye McCole Bartusiak shines on screen as the bratty daughter and it's a pleasure to watch her. Superb script and casting.

While I didn't expect too much from this movie despite the fact that I generally like Hallmark channel movies, I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

Not only was the acting very believable, but the plot was original and had a lot of heart. This movie made me smile, get teary-eyed, and think. I think what makes this movie rise above the average is that it reaches many different people on various levels. It challenges you to think outside the box, to not accept the conformity of society and set your own standards while crossing over the line. It teaches you the importance of family, even 'broken' ones, and letting new people in, to have faith in people. Love Comes Softly combines entertainment, drama, and emotions to make the best Hallmark channel has ever seen. Definitely worth watching over and over again and it gets 10 stars for a well written script and a great acting job by Katherine Heigl, Skye McCole Bartusiak and Dale Midkiff.

This movie has a few things going with it. First off, all the actors/actresses do an outstanding job in their roles. Katherine Heigl does by far the best job at playing Marty Claridge. She is in nearly every scene, and her delivery of lines and expressions is priceless.

Ditto to that on Bartusiak. It's difficult to believe she was only 10 or 9, because she has the natural ability to behave rather than to act in a role. It had a good story and easy to identify characters. The great thing about this is that it doesn't dwell on drugs, bad language, violence and loud and unrelated music. IQ of 80 or below. Seen in that context, this movie is waaaaaay above average.

Nevertheless, the film portrays children and adults as resilient, capable of not only facing such challenges, but mastering them. It's a well done made for T.V. movie. It's Hallmark, so it does have a certain "cuteness" to it, but it's much, much better than those overrated Disney Channel Original movies, heck, it's better than all that garbage in theaters. I'm glad that some movie didn't get made just to rake in big bucks.

With so many movies oriented toward violence, anger, brutality etc, "Love Comes Softly" is a breath of fresh air. I love all types of movies but where would we be without an occasional heartwarming, uplifting(at times) classic like this?

If you haven't seen this yet you certainly should. It's delightful, touching and a great film for the family. You will not disappointed! I've only seen it twice, but still it manages to totally take over my thoughts as I get involved in its world. I was nervous because it was based on a book I loved (I read it when I was 11), it could have been a pathetic disappointment. Instead it draws from the book beautifully the characters and attitudes that made the book one of the greatest of all time. I don't normally watch prairie movies, but lately I've taken an interest in the 1800s. I'm really glad that they make movies such as this one. Like I said above, it doesn't dwell on sex and drugs, and it's not a bore. It's a great book made into a great movie, kind of like "Little Women". Great cast and great direction that will please the whole family (except for your teenaged son).

Go rent or buy this film when you have some time. It's worth it!



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