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Letters to God -- Tyler Doherty is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy armed with strong faith and courage as he faces his daily battle against cancer. Tyler's prayers take the form of letters he sends to his ultimate pen pal, God.
Letters to God -- A young boy writes letters to God as he fights cancer, inspiring, among many other people, a postal worker tasked with "delivering" the boy's mail.
Letters to God -- Clip: On the roof
Letters to God -- Featurette: Survivor stories of hope
Letters to God -- Interview: Robyn Lively "On Maddy"


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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Lisa Curtis ... Erin Miller
Christopher Schmidt ... Walter Finley (as Christopher John Schmidt)
Lyanna Tumaneng ... Linda Baker

Tanner Maguire ... Tyler Doherty

Ralph Waite ... Cornelius Perryfield

Dennis Neal ... Lester Stevens
Cris Cunningham ... Carl - Postal Supervisor

Carol Saragusa ... Cathy - Postal Clerk

Maree Cheatham ... Olivia

Robyn Lively ... Maddy Doherty

Michael Bolten ... Ben Doherty (as Michael Christopher Bolten)
Amanda Best ... Nurse Jamie Lynn (as Mandy Best)
Avery Sommers ... Nurse Carol

Jeffrey Johnson ... Brady McDaniels (as Jeffrey S.S. Johnson)

Tom Nowicki ... Jack the Bartender

Bailee Madison ... Samantha Perryfield
C.J. Amari ... Alex Wheaton (as Carl Joseph Amari)

Andrea Conte ... Miss Emily

Karley Scott Collins ... Ashley Turner
Luke Schrader ... John

Brett Rice ... Bar Guy

L. Derek Leonidoff ... Pastor Andy (as Derek Leonidoff)

Erin Bethea ... Chemotherapy Nurse
McKay Ball ... Sally

Salem Murphy ... Dr. Rashaad
Sam Smith ... Tow Truck Driver

Brad Benedict ... Coach Dave

Josué Gutierrez ... Referee (as Josue Gutierrez)
Matt Swanson ... Colt

Whitney Goin ... Ex-Wife
Pam Landwirth ... Miss Pamela
Wintley Phipps ... Give Kids the World Emcee

Lee Dawson ... Joe Letter Carrier
Trinity Schwab ... Jogger
Gracyn Denbesten ... Playground Kid
Brooks Denbesten ... Playground Kid
Cole Denbesten ... Playground Kid
Macie Severson ... Playground Kid
Emmy Kate Severson ... Playground Kid
Lindsay Skinner ... Playground Kid
Grace Blastic ... Soccer Player
Will Bonhagen ... Soccer Player
Hayley Champion ... Soccer Player
Kenny Champion ... Soccer Player
Owen Cook ... Soccer Player
Bella Fatigati ... Soccer Player
Gabi Fatigati ... Soccer Player
Morgan Fields ... Soccer Player
Danny Ford ... Soccer Player
Peyton Grace Garrison ... Soccer Player
Juliette Kahn ... Soccer Player
Andrew Knots ... Soccer Player
Megan Magee ... Soccer Player
Kaitlin Michaels ... Soccer Player
Eligh Moses ... Soccer Player
Morgan Leigh Oldham ... Soccer Player
Madison Orlando ... Soccer Player
Morgan Orlando ... Soccer Player
Ella Panagkis ... Soccer Player
Brett Sweeny ... Soccer Player

Jenny Knipe ... Phoebe
Tonia Kerr ... Samatha's Mom

Tyler Cravens ... Samatha's Dad
Brendan Doughtie ... Justin McDaniels
Katie Prestwood ... Mrs. Stevens

Justin Smith ... Sergeant Baker
Stan Hawthorne ... Bicycle Rider
Jonathan Bolten ... Party Goer
Mason Doughtie ... Party Goer
Savanah Doughtie ... Party Goer
Mike Florio ... Party Goer
Annalee Gay ... Party Goer
Ashley Milchman ... Party Goer
Brooke Milchman ... Party Goer
Mackenzie Pollock ... Party Goer
John Precort ... Party Goer
Alex Russ ... Party Goer (as Alex Whalen)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joni Adahl ... Pedestrian / Bicyclist (uncredited)
Hollie Anderson ... Post Office Worker (uncredited)

Tiffany Dion ... Classroom Friend (uncredited)
Patrick Doughtie ... DMV Examiner (uncredited)

Bayley Ellenburg ... High School Friend (uncredited)
Jeff Ellenburg ... Soccer Dad (uncredited)

L.J. Grillo ... Post Office Worker (uncredited)
Da'Zhaun Hicks ... Classroom Student (uncredited)
Ryan David King ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Ciara Lauren ... Girl on bus (uncredited)
Paige Lehnert ... Mail Sorter (uncredited)
Avery Myers ... Classmate (uncredited)
Emma Myers ... Girl on School Bus (uncredited)

Isabel Myers ... Girl on Sidelines (uncredited)

Jennie Parrish ... RN (uncredited)

Nathaniel A. Pena ... Classroom Friend (uncredited)

Michael Manuel Peña ... Classroom Friend (uncredited)
Allison Schnacky ... Classroom Friend (uncredited)

Ella Marie Schnacky ... Cafeteria and Soccer Girl (uncredited)
Doris Steadman ... High School Friend (uncredited)
Rob Whitehurst ... Man at DMV (uncredited)

Directed by
David Nixon 
Patrick Doughtie (co-director)
Writing credits
Patrick Doughtie  story and screenplay and
Art D'Alessandro  and
Sandra Thrift 

Cullen Douglas 

Produced by
Art D'Alessandro .... associate producer
Kim Dawson .... producer (as Cameron Kim Dawson)
Andre Dugger .... associate producer
Tim Grosshans .... associate producer
Rob Micai .... co-producer
Wayne Morris .... supervising producer
David Nixon .... producer
Paul Sirmons .... line producer (as Paul T. Sirmons)
Tom Swanson .... executive producer
Sandra Thrift .... co-producer
Original Music by
Colin O'Malley 
Cinematography by
Bob Scott 
Film Editing by
Patrick Tyler 
Casting by
Amy Baker  (as Amy Severson)
Production Design by
Mark Garner 
Art Direction by
Kirk Walchek 
Set Decoration by
Peter Eisner 
Bradley Hagelin 
Jeff 'J.Mac' McDonald 
John Tegethoff 
Robert Welch 
Dan Wilkerson 
Sean R. Wilson 
Costume Design by
Beverly Safier 
Makeup Department
Deborah Brozovich .... assistant hair stylist
Lee Grimes .... key makeup artist (as Lee A. Grimes)
Jane Hassinger .... key hair stylist
Jonah Levy .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Donald Dowd .... production team
Daryn Johnson .... post-production supervisor
Rob Micai .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Krystian Lagowski .... second second assistant director
Al Minott .... first assistant director
Justin Tolley .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Balling .... lead scenic
Joan Bernier .... scenic
Dan Buckley .... set dresser
Gordon Cheatum .... props
Michael Edling .... construction coordinator
D'Asia Grace .... art department production assistant
James Harris .... foreman
James Harris .... locations foreman
Bret Kane .... leadman
Brian Latimer .... graphics artist
Julian Mercado .... additional scenic
Gene Siegmund .... carpenter
John Tegethoff .... decorator
Kurt Thoresen .... property master
Dan Wilkerson .... on-set dresser
Jim S. Williams .... assistant property master
Douglas Winters .... foreman
Heath Winters .... props
Sound Department
Jeff Cannon .... boom operator
Kevin Daughtry .... boom operator
Brian James .... boom operator
Michael Orlowski .... sound re-recording mix engineer
Juan Rodriguez .... sound utility
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Rob Whitehurst .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jeremy S. Brock .... special effects foreman
Thomas Pilgram III .... special effects technician (as Thomas Pilgrim III)
James L. Roberts .... special effects coordinator
Jennifer Badger .... stunt coordinator
Josh Palma .... stunt performer
Josh Palma .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Beverlin .... camera assist
Joseph Boylan .... b cam second assistant camera
David Campbell .... camera operator
Stephen Campbell .... camera operator
Stephen Campbell .... director of photography: second unit
Gary H. Clay .... additional rigging grip
Josh Coffin .... camera assist
Erik Curtis .... camera assist
Ryan Patrick Dean .... digital loader: RED Camera
Shiloh Eck .... grip
Richard Falk .... electrician
Ben Fisher .... additional electric
Sean Fisher .... grip
Mike L. Germaine .... key grip
Larry Gianneschi IV .... first assistant camera: b-camera
Michael J. Graham .... additional second assistant camera
Marvin Haven .... dolly grip
Bruce Hazen .... additional electric
Ryan Krause .... camera assist
J. Steven Latham .... first assistant camera
Matt LeBeau .... additional grip
Patrick K. Meng .... best boy grip
Ryan Meng .... grip
Rico Moon .... additional electric
Megan Morris .... second assistant camera
Peter Morris .... video assist
John Muller .... additional electric
Ken Palladino .... best boy electric
Peter Perez .... additional grip
Humberto Recio .... electrician
Patrick Redmond .... additional grip
Andy Seely .... electrician
Phil Stevenson .... additional electric
Dale Stroud .... still photographer
Danny Vanzura .... camera assist
Robert Velicky .... second assistant camera
Robert Veliky .... second assistant camera
Marc Wostak .... gaffer
Casting Department
Cameron Dawson .... extras casting assistant
Katye Kalivoda .... casting associate
Kia Riddick-Taylor .... casting associate (as Kia Riddick)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claudia Combee .... wardrobe supervisor
Doreen Dawon .... wardrobe volunteer
Steven Myerscough .... wardrobe production assistant
Jose-Armando Pompa .... wardrobe assistant
Candace Rice .... set costumer
Christine Sonnenberg .... set costumer
Editorial Department
James Ahern .... digital intermediate data manager
Brian Beard .... digital intermediate editor
Adam Hawkey .... digital intermediate colorist
Peter Mayer .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Kory Kruckenberg .... music score mixer
Peter J. Lehman .... musician: piano solos
David McKenna .... music supervisor (as David B. McKenna)
Northwest Sinfonia .... choir
Northwest Sinfonia .... orchestra
Robert Puff .... music preparation
David Sabee .... music contractor
Jon Schluckebier .... scoring stage manager
Brian Valentino .... music recordist
John Winters .... second score engineer
Robert Puff .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard Andersen .... driver
Jack Belcher .... driver
Larry Craig .... driver
Jeff Hooie .... transportation coordinator
Kevin Kinglesmith IV .... driver
Everett McClellan .... driver
Ron Wilson .... driver
Other crew
Lindsey Claire Akins .... production intern
Wesley Alley .... location assistant
Jason Augustin .... production assistant
Samiyyah Bailey .... office production assistant
Corey Besteder .... behind the scenes director of photography
Janice Bird .... studio teacher
Anna Boyd .... production intern
Ernest Britt Jr. .... medic on set
Ernest Britt Jr. .... set medic
Brian Burger .... location manager
Annie Cottrell .... production assistant
Annie Cottrell .... production intern
Michael Coy .... location assistant
Anja Crosby .... first assistant accountant
Alan D'Antoni .... production intern
Leah Dawson .... behind the scenes producer
Skyler Dawson .... set production assistant
Jacob Deckard .... second assistant accountant
Wendy Delouche .... script supervisor
Mark A. Echevarria .... head animal trainer
Vivian Enfinger .... studio teacher
Ian Kyle Findley .... production intern
Sheila Fortson .... production intern
John Garrett .... location consultant
Cole B. Gibson .... production intern
Quinn C. Griffing .... production intern
Patty Harrigan .... key production assistant
Andrea Hathaway .... behind the scenes producer
Susan Humphrey .... animal trainer
Mark Joseph .... marketing
Wayne Kerr .... assistant: Mr. Swanson
Aaron Kessinger .... production intern
Ryan King .... behind the scenes editor
Ryan David King .... behind the scenes editor
Ryan David King .... production assistant
Caroline Korney .... production auditor (as Caroline Piccinini)
Andrew Little .... location production assistant
Jennifer Lopdrup .... production intern
Stephanie Lowell .... script supervisor: day player
Joan Lucas-Turgeon .... production accountant
Kelly Matthews .... production intern
Stacey McGillis .... location manager
Caitlyn S. Owens .... location assistant
Ashley Powers .... assistant: Mr. Nixon
Chris Ranung .... key craft service
Juan Rodriguez .... production intern
Alyshia Sargent .... production secretary
Gina Schifano .... production office coordinator
Kyle Scott .... production intern
Stephanie Segler .... production intern
Gary Sewell .... production auditor
Martin Sherrow .... set production assistant
Susan Stauffer .... publicity coordinator
Laurie Stewart .... production assistant
Laurie Stewart .... production intern
Patricia Story .... unit publicist
Danae Stringfellow .... production intern
Nils Taranger .... office production assistant
Doug Weiss .... production intern
Adrienne Wodenka .... production intern
Zachary Zavala .... production intern
Charlie Crist .... the producers wish to thank (as Governor Charlie Crist)
Pam Landwirth .... the producers wish to thank
George Shock Jr. .... the producers wish to thank
Susie Story .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated PG for thematic material
USA:110 min | Argentina:110 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:Atp | Malaysia:U | Singapore:PG | USA:PG (certificate #45760)
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Olivia says to Benjamin at one point, "Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?" This is a reference to Job chapter 2. God gives all of Job's status and health in the devil's possession. His wife tells him, "Curse God and die!" Job replies, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept only good from God and never trouble?"See more »
Maddy Doherty:I don't agree with God's will. I don't think God cares about any of this.See more »
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Simple Movie About A Simple Faith, 30 December 2010
Author: sddavis63 ( from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

"You show that you are a letter from Christ ... written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." Those words - which are featured in the closing caption of the movie - are from 2 Corinthians 3:3, and really serve as the basis for this entire project. It's the story of young Tyler, suffering from an incurable type of brain cancer, who deals with his affliction by writing letters to God - letters which end up transforming the lives of virtually everyone he knows and many people he doesn't know. Tyler becomes - in the words of Mr. Perryfield (who's played by Ralph Waite, who may be the only actor in this I was familiar with) - "God's warrior." I may not like that particular imagery, but I understand the sentiment, and the movie makes the point that a little faith can go a long way. In a way, the movie and the story is a living witness to Jesus' parable of the mustard seed.

That background aside, what of the movie itself? Frankly, it's not bad and it's not great. I think that people are going to end up judging this on the basis of their own belief or lack of belief in God rather than on the actual quality of the movie. Christians are going to love it and give it a lot of 10's; atheists are going to hate it and give it a lot of 1's. As with any movie of this type, though, the question that comes to my mind is why an atheist would want to watch it. As a Christian, I want to say honestly that there were parts of this movie that I really liked, and parts that I didn't care for at all.

To start with what I didn't care for (because I want to end on a positive note.) The movie hits every cliché in the book. It pounds away at every evangelical Christian theme over and over again. For a movie that in many ways is quite touching, it's pretty hard sell. It seems to be an evangelistic effort - which surprises me a bit since this probably isn't going to attract very many who are outside the faith to watch it. On the other hand, I suppose, "there's rejoicing in heaven over one ..." Really, though, it does go on a little too long. It's close to two hours long, and after a while it loses some of its impact just because it keeps making the same points repeatedly. In all honesty, this likely could have been cut by about half an hour without losing any of its impact - and might have had even more impact if it were cut by half an hour. Tyler's story is great - at least according to this he faced his death with great courage - but I wondered about the decision to end the movie with stories of people of faith who've recovered from cancer and are going on with life. That doesn't prove much. There are many stories of people without faith who've recovered from cancer, and many stories of people with great faith who don't recover. I fear that in the end those stories tended to blur the memory of Tyler's story, which to me offered a far more powerful witness to the importance of faith - that faith could give a young boy the courage to face his own death and still keep the needs of others first and foremost in his thoughts (because many of the letters he wrote to God were intercessions for others.) To me, that was far more important than the stories of the cancer survivors at the end of the movie. I also have to be honest and say that I was turned off by Brady taking over Tyler's moment at the end. I understand that it was a way of showcasing Tyler's faith and his impact on people, but it seemed to move the spotlight on to Brady at that moment - which was not where it should have been!

But there was a lot here I liked as well. I liked the movie's simplicity. There's nothing complicated about it. It's a straightforward story about faith, courage and transformation - and there's nothing wrong with that. From a Christian perspective, I liked the depiction of prayer in this. Those praying weren't praying especially for Tyler's healing - they were praying for strength and courage - for him, for themselves and for others. Surely that's what faith is about. As a pastor, if I'm dealing with someone who's dying or who's loved one is dying, I'm not going to pray with them primarily for healing; I'm going to pray with them primarily for strength. In that sense, the focus on Tyler's story makes the point that healing isn't always about the recovery of the body - sometimes healing is about the wellness of the spirit. Tyler's spirit was strong and healthy regardless of his body's condition. That was a good message. It seemed to me that this movie sums up why it is that Jesus spoke so approvingly of children and even used them as examples for adults - children can cut through the nonsense and see God where adults who are perhaps more jaded can't. They have simple and innocent faith and they know how to trust. Tyler becomes the example for those around him. "Become like little children," Jesus said. The movie helps explain those words.

It's not great; it's not bad. The performances were OK; the movie perhaps a bit too formulaic. It's heartwarming but not riveting; it's inspiring but maybe goes over the same ground too often.

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