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A Mother's Gift (1995)

TV-PG | | Drama, Western | TV Movie 16 April 1995
A singer and her husband leave their home in their frontier town for Pioneer life in the West but realizes that life in the west is hard on their marriage and her dreams.

Director:

Jerry London

Writers:

Bess Streeter Aldrich (book), Earl Hamner Jr. (teleplay) (as Earl Hamner) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy McKeon ... Margaret Deal
Adrian Pasdar ... William Deal
Lucy Deakins ... Isobelle as an Adult
Jeremy London ... John Deal as Adult
Max Wright ... Herman Mandelbrot
Judith Hoag ... Sarah Lutz
Randle Mell ... Gus Reinmuller
Beata Poźniak ... Kristine Reinmuller (as Beata Pozniak)
Adam Storke ... Ed Matthews
James Hansen Prince ... Henry Lutz (as James Prince)
Gail Cronauer ... Maggie
Tim Simek ... Erland
David Denney David Denney ... James
Daniel Gullahorn Daniel Gullahorn ... Dennie
Helen Cates Helen Cates ... Isobelle McKenzie
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A singer and her husband leave their home in their frontier town for Pioneer life in the West but realizes that life in the west is hard on their marriage and her dreams.

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Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lantern in Her Hand See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Girl I Left Behind Me
Fifer: Alan Bligh, 6th Texas Volunteer Militia (uncredited)
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Great movie, but....
6 September 2005 | by realtybytesSee all my reviews

As so often happens, once you read the book, it is hard to accept the necessity to delete the detail that must be omitted in a two-hour movie. I am 53 and read this novel ("A Lantern in Her Hand") when I was in the 6th or 7th grade. One detail I remember: When, as children, Will Deal told our heroin to not eat "love apples" (tomatoes) because they're poisonous. That was the belief in the early days of our country, and so, this brought a ring of reality to the story. Such details had to be omitted, of course. The novel stayed with me so long, that I recognized this movie immediately when I started to view it. I highly recommend it to anyone. This is not a "chick flick" but rather a timeless tribute to our pioneers, male and female, and the hardships that strengthened their bonds and their resolve. Bravo to Hollywood for a movie with true substance, and not one special effect!!!!!


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