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The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 12 July 2003
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A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society.


Paul Johansson


Paul Johansson
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gena Rowlands ... Mrs.Ritchie
Kevin Zegers ... Charlie
David Schofield ... Sonny
Leslie Hope ... Joan
Cameron Daddo ... Jim
Brenda James ... Virginia
James Caan ... Mr. Dewitt
Justin Chatwin ... Lawrence
Jeremy Raymond ... Stanley
Anna Van Hooft ... Samantha
Brendan Prost Brendan Prost ... Al
John Speer John Speer ... Lester
Darcy Dunlop Darcy Dunlop ... Mrs. Crisp
Sean Rooney Sean Rooney ... Ronnie
Will Weldon ... Donnie


High school principal Harry Dewitt believes student Charlie stole local retiree Evelyn Ritchie's handbag, so he arranges a punishment that puts the boy to work in the old woman's garden. From the start, Charlie is puzzled by the widow, who believes she can talk to her dead husband's spirit. But, as he spends more time with Evelyn and her two mentally challenged sons, he begins to lose his anger and see life in a different way. Written by Jwelch5742

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He was a kid with a past, and no future until he met...



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including teen drinking and smoking, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »



Canada | UK | USA



Release Date:

12 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az elképesztő Mrs. Ritchie See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Technical Specs


| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bad beginning to a fine movie
27 July 2003 | by dwolfSee all my reviews

At the beginning of this movie we meet Charlie, a hot headed teen who is constantly fighting at school. His home life is miserable. His father is an equal hot head who argues constantly with his mother driving her to drink. To make matters worse he's just fallen in with a group of troublemakers. He gets blamed when one of his friends steals a purse. The principal, played by James Caan, agrees not to suspend him if he works off his debt to the purse's owner, Mrs. Ritchie (Gina Rowlands).

Mrs. Ritchie proceeds to teach Charlie about living and caring for each other.

The movie start out poorly. The setup of Charlie's character is painful and the scenes with his friends cliché and over dramatized.

However, when Gina Rowlands appears on the screen as Mrs. Ritchie the movie takes a wonderful turn. Mrs. Ritchie is offbeat and colorful; her zeal for life intoxicating.

Don't let the start of the movie keep you from enjoying a delightful and uplifting film.

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