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Release Date:
7 June 2011 (USA) See more »
A stranger in a small town, a young woman searching for her father, and the shocking family secret that will change their lives forever.
Mia Williams, raised on the family Bed & Breakfast by Sara, a loving single mom grows up believing her father was lost... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dedee Pfeiffer ... Sarah Williams

Ali Faulkner ... Mia Williams
Amy Maner ... Maxine
Scott Muller ... Travis Turner

GiGi Erneta ... Sally

Kurt Cole ... Rob Jackson

Adam Pearson ... Chuck Rogers
John Hambrick ... Sheriff
Marie Black ... D.A. Rosemary Landry
David Tinney ... Bobby
Caron West ... Rhonda
Jim McDonald ... Bob Lindsey

Kathy Rose Center ... Lannie Lindsey

Julie J. Gosse ... Edwina (Ed) Thomas

Erick Gosse ... Professor Edwards
David Cuddy ... Newspaper Owner

Mike Kimmel ... Funeral Director / Mr. Cook
Cynthia Huerta ... Librarian

Jay Johnston ... Dr. William Hardin
Rachel McDaniel ... Nurse (as Rachael McDaniel)
Ben Long ... Preacher
Erica Sanders ... Hospital Receptionist
Janis Stinson ... Funeral Singer / Angie

Andrea Trisdale ... DNA Receptionist

Reginald Franklin ... Michael / Asst. to D.A.

Bailey Gambertoglio ... Young Mia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary W. Anderson ... Ed
Judy Arizpe ... Roadhouse Customer

Deanna Brochin ... Jenny

Patrice Broderick ... Nurse
Greig Broussard ... Clerk

Larry Jack Dotson ... Preacher
Mallory Eckert ... Mourner
Matthew Garth II ... Dancer

Taylor Hadsell ... Rennie

C. Thomas Howell ... Daniel

Marc Isaacs ... Waiter

Jennifer Joseph ... Hospital Visitor
Andrew Kantowski ... Mairte'D
Teri Keenan ... Mourner

Jason Duffy Klemm ... Roadhouse bartender
Lisa Marie Kull ... Theater customer
Anne Clare Lush ... Waitress (as Anne Clare Graham)

Reese Merritt ... Clifford
Michael Price ... Bob

Mike Rembis ... Hospital Staff

Gary Teague ... Movie Theater Manager

Rodney Wiseman ... Guy

Allison Wood ... BBQ Joint Waitress
Jon Xero ... College Student / Extra (as Johnny Ray Meyer)
Michael Patrick ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Lydia Pilot ... Theatre Employee (uncredited)

Directed by
Brad Keller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bonnie Orr  written by

Produced by
James Chankin .... co-producer
David Cuddy .... executive producer
Lori Madrid .... line producer
Bonnie Orr .... producer
Original Music by
Greg Miller (music by)
Cinematography by
Mike Redding 
Film Editing by
Andrew Corwin 
Casting by
Karen Hallford 
Production Design by
Jason Hammond 
Set Decoration by
Pam Kurr 
Costume Design by
Linda Lou von Hochtritt 
Makeup Department
Laura Knapp .... key makeup artist/hair
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melinda Marroquin .... second assistant director
Stewart Young .... first assistant director
Art Department
Debbie Burns .... property master
Dustin Butler .... key art production assistant
Sound Department
Chad Barnhart .... boom operator
Greg Miller .... sound re-recording mixer
Scot Reynolds .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Andrade .... lighting technician
Jesse R. Freeman .... still photographer
Hollin Lange .... first assistant camera
Michael John Marcinik .... second assistant camera
Michael John Marcinik .... second unit director of photography
Jax Stafford .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ashlyn Angel .... costume supervisor
D.J. Castillo .... costume intern
Editorial Department
Greg Miller .... additional editor
Liam Owen .... editor: behind the scenes
Matt Rozzell .... assistant editor
Jax Stafford .... editor: behind the scenes
Location Management
Marti Swanson .... location manager
Music Department
Dominique Preyer .... music supervisor
Other crew
Matt DeBow .... studio manager
Jillian Glantz .... office assistant
Jillian Glantz .... production office intern
Hunter Leachman .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Mia's Father" - USA (original title)
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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Daniel Williams goes to see Mia in the hospital after the attempted rape he is told by receptionist that Mia is in room 344. When Daniel is exiting the elevator placard near the door indicates that he is on the 2nd floor. Yet he finds Mia's room without incident on the wrong floor.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Modest Mystery, 22 September 2011
Author: Greg Wright from United States

Family-friendly without being the least bit evangelical or preachy (take that as you will), Secret at Arrow Lake feels like a Hallmark Channel version of an all-grown-up Happy Hollisters mystery. This is not a bad thing, per se—it's just rather tame, and a surprising release for distributor PureFlix.

C. Thomas Howell appears here as Arrow Lake's mystery man, an indie-newspaper magnate of sorts who turns up under suspicious circumstances at Mia's country-side B&B. Is he, or is he not, Mia's presumed-KIA father? Everyone in town is curious, and everyone in town (as often happens in small towns) voices an opinion about who Daniel Williams is, and what ought to be done with him.

The timing of seeing Howell here was very curious. I recently purchased the special edition of The Outsiders, Francis Ford Coppola's storied and future-star-studded production of S.E. Hinton's coming-of-age novel. Howell was the star there, and he continued a long run of high-profile appearances up through Gettysburg, in which he played younger brother to Jeff Daniels' Joshua Chamberlain. As I was watching the Outsiders cast reunion on that disc's special features, I thought, "Wow. What's happened to Howell? He's such a magnetic personality. The camera just loves him. What's he doing these days?" Lo and behold, here he turns up, put to modestly good use by journeyman director Brad Keller. The two have now collaborated on three different projects.

Well, Howell has certainly been busy. He averages four to five films a year, working mostly on independent films, shorts, and TV movies. He's just been completely off my radar, even though I don't exactly specialize in mainstream theatrical releases these days. I expect he'd make a pretty interesting interview, and plays a significant supporting role in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man.

In any event, he certainly anchors what would otherwise be a largely uncompelling story and cast. One weakly-staged and -played plot complication aside, there's not an awful lot happening in this story that my three-sentence synopsis doesn't convey. The pace is languid though not boring, and there's just enough story to fill up the 83 minutes of running time without overstaying its welcome--though some of the scenes do feel a little repetitive. Ali Faulkner is enjoyable as Mia (even if her character could have been written more strongly and memorably) and the supporting characters are mostly distinctive.

When all was said and done, I liked Secret at Arrow Lake because I like gentle mysteries--and Arrow Lake came up with a surprising resolution that didn't feel forced, and yet left more than one of the central questions open to interpretation. Something to think about. Nice.

Bottom line is that this is a good release for PureFlix. The core of PureFlix's slate is movies that they produce themselves, mostly starring co-founders David A.R. White and Randy Travis. They're earnest evangelical films that aim for a mainstream sensibility and yet come off as rather stilted and stodgy. PureFlix fills out the remainder of their schedule with indie Christian films of spotty (if improving) quality--but this is the first of the latter variety I've seen that doesn't preach to the choir.

In fact, there's no preaching of any kind in Arrow Lake. PureFlix's audience wouldn't want to see that from every film--but it refreshingly bucks a trend of predictability.

Secret at Arrow Lake is unrated, but this is very definitely a film that you can sit down and watch with your kids. There aren't any youngsters for yours to identify with, but most kids know a mystery when they see one--and follow along.

Courtesy of a national publicist, Greg screened a promotional DVD of Secret at Arrow Lake.

(Originally published at Past the Popcorn:

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