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The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005)

Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.

Director:

Brent Shields

Writers:

Ann Howard Creel (novel), Camille Thomasson (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Livy
Skeet Ulrich ... Ray Singleton
Mare Winningham ... Martha
Tania Gunadi ... Florence
Gwendoline Yeo ... Rose
Stephen Strachan ... Hank (as Steve Strachan)
Katie Keating ... Ruth
Ken Pogue ... Reverend Case
Eric Winter ... Walter
Jane McGregor ... Abby
Daryl Shuttleworth ... Reverend Dunne
Brayden Bullen Brayden Bullen ... Hank Jr.
Sam Dyer Sam Dyer ... Chester
Mary Black ... Marian Case
Jacqueline Robbins ... Mrs. Pratt (as Jackie Robbins)
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Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

CBS [United States] | Hallmark

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Magic of Ordinary Days (#54.2) See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When the main characters are pulling into the barn dance, you can see a modern white mini-van sticking out from behind the barn. See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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A Sensitive World War II Story on the Homefront
30 January 2005 | by lavatchSee all my reviews

In this Hallmark made-for-television movie, two young performers (Keri Russell and Skeet Ulrich) offer thoughtful character portrayals in the heartland of America during World War II. After becoming pregnant by a soldier (who never appears in the film), a young woman is forced to marry virtually by proxy; she is sent to the Midwest by her stern father and accepts a total stranger, Ray, as her husband. The film focuses on the bonding of a decent man of the earth and the more worldly, educated Livy. The film was earnest in its portrayal of the two main characters. There is also some beautiful cinematography of the American heartland. Although I did not find the overall effect of the film entirely plausible (including Livy's relationship with two Japanese women internment victims working the fields), I nonetheless applaud the Hallmark organization for a tasteful effort. Even the Hallmark commercials were refreshing when compared with the annoying generic commercials on television today.


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