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Love Comes Softly (2003)

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A young woman on her way to a new life in the 1800's suddenly finds herself a widow. Now she must live with a recently widowed young man and his daughter. Can any of them find love again?

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Michael Landon Jr.

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Cindy Kelley (teleplay), Michael Landon Jr. (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Katherine Heigl ... Marty Claridge
Dale Midkiff ... Clark Davis
Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Missie Davis
Corbin Bernsen ... Ben Graham
Theresa Russell ... Sarah Graham
Oliver Macready ... Aaron Claridge
Tiffany Amber Knight Tiffany Amber Knight ... Laura Graham (as Tiffany Knight)
Adam Loeffler Adam Loeffler ... Clint Graham
Nick Scoggin Nick Scoggin ... Reverend Johnson (as Nick Scoggins)
Jaimz Woolvett ... Wagon Train Scout
Rutanya Alda ... Wanda Marshall
Janet Rotblatt ... Woman in Wagon (as Janet Rotbaltt)
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Storyline

Aaron Claridge dies while leading his pregnant wife Marty, an East coast teacher, on the wagon trail to the West. Destitute and unprotected, she accepts a marriage of convenience with widower Clark Davis to help raise his brat daughter Missie all winter, in spring he's prepared to pay for her return. Missie is hostile to 'mother substitute', but as the months pass Clark achieves a rapprochement. Written by KGF Vissers

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Marriage was the deal. Love was the surprise.


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amor llega suavemente See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the book series, the name of Marty's first husband was Clem Claridge. See more »

Goofs

When Marty first arrives at the Davis homestead and Clarke offers her some ham, as she picks up a piece it can be seen that the piece is spiral sliced ham. The invention and patenting of the spiral slicing method for ham wasn't until 1949 by the founder of the Honeybaked Ham company. See more »

Quotes

Marty Claridge: There is no way you're going to be my - my midwife! Find someone else!
Clark Davis: There ain't no time for that.
Marty Claridge: *Isn't!* I'll be fine. I'll be fine. Did you deliver Missie?
Clark Davis: No, there was Sarah...
Missie Davis: But Pa's delivered plenty of calves.
Marty Claridge: [sarcastically] Oh, that makes me feel so much better.
Clark Davis: Missie, we'll need a lot of hot water and the shears from the barn. They'll need to be sterilized.
Marty Claridge: Missie! Missie, don't you dare!
[Clark gestures and tells Missy to go]
Marty Claridge: I would rather give birth in a field than have you in ...
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Wonderful Movie! (Now read the Book!)
17 February 2004 | by kenday1See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to seeing this movie since I have read the book...twice! I love Janette Oke novels! The "Love Comes Softly" novel is part of a series, so you can continue on with Missie's life, etc.

Sometimes a movie just doesn't do justice to the book, but this one does!!! I was not disappointed at all! The heartbreak and grief that losing a loved one brings is revealed very well in this film. Best of all, the film shows how sometimes a marriage of convenience or out of necessity can be a real blessing. It teaches all of us who live in this day and age that love does not always start off with bursting fireworks or burning passion. As the film portrays...sometimes love just comes softly. :)

To the actors Dale Midkiff, Katherine Heigl, Skye McCole Bartusiak and to Director/Producer Michael Landon, Jr... Great job!!! 10/10


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