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The Cokeville Miracle (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Family, History | 5 June 2015 (USA)
Children who were held hostage in their elementary school tell stories of miraculous things, but many adults are skeptical that the Cokeville Miracle ever truly happened.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Hartley
Claudia Hartley
Kimball Stinger ...
Jason Hartley
Alexa Rae ...
Cindy Hartley
David Young
Kymberly Mellen ...
Doris Young
Penny Young
Caddis Adams ...
Katie Walker
Grace Hallows ...
Rachel Walker
Emily Wadley ...
Glenna Walker
Chris Clark ...
Kevin Walker
Heidi Roberts
Joanna Metcafe
Koleman Stinger ...
Travis Walker


On May 16, 1986, in the small, ranching community of Cokeville, Wy, David and Doris Young took an elementary school hostage for several hours before detonating a bomb inside a single classroom that held every teacher and student in the school. In the wake of the madness, Ron Hartley, whose children were inside the classroom, must fight his skepticism and unbelief as he hears eye witness accounts from the students of miraculous, heavenly intervention during the crisis. When tragedy strikes... what do you see? Written by Excel Entertainment.

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Based on actual events

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including violence and peril | See all certifications »

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5 June 2015 (USA)  »

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Milagre em Cokeville  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


According to a video produced by the Davis School District, the school that serves as Cokeville Elementary School in the film is actually E. M. Whitesides Elementary School in Layton, Utah. According to Director T. C. Christensen, Whitesides was chosen due to some important structural and physical layout similarities to Cokeville Elementary, which are important to the story. Cokeville Elementary was not used because the Cokeville area doesn't have restaurants, hotels and other infrastructure necessary to support a cast and crew during filming. Christensen also attended Whitesides Elementary. See more »


Ron Hartley's squad car can't legally have been registered anywhere but his home county of Lincoln. Lincoln County license plates begin with a 12. Ron's car in several scenes, is clearly shown to begin with a 9, putting its locality of registration, and hence, of origin, in Big Horn County, far away on the Montana border. See more »


Ron Hartley: Too much coincidence to be coincidence.
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References To Save the Children (1994) See more »


Suo-Gan (Rest In Peace)
Written by David Warner
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Okay-ish acting/directing but an excellent story worth watching
27 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like the title said, the acting and directing were less than stellar - though not truly bad. The story makes up for the other shortcomings though. At the point that I thought would be the "miracle" point in the movie, it clearly wasn't nearly over. That's when the real story starts.

I love that TC Christensen chose to make this story into a movie. We need more positive and inspirational movies. Despite the fact that I'm a big fan of theater, love movies, and get frustrated by little inconsistencies or less than accomplished actors, I loved this story enough that I would take it over a very well acted and directed movie with no moral value.

We watched it with three of our sons, ages 9, 13, and 17 and the 13 year old said at the end (in his best disgusted-that-anything-tugged-at-my-emotions voice) "Well THAT made me really happy!"

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