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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:

based on novel | See All (1) »

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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Beautiful story of unselfish love.
2 February 2005 | by longhawkSee all my reviews

What I like about this story is it's obvious contrast to today's popular thought. Livy's pregnancy throws all her dreams into jeopardy. Today's world would have a "quick and easy" solution to her "problem," but children still had some degree of respect for their parents' wishes in the war-hardened America of the 1940s. Her daddy's plan wasn't easy to stomach, but as Ray said, this marriage of convenience between a troubled young lady and a rock-solid family man in training might just be "God's will." I highly recommend this film to anyone wanting a refreshing look into a simpler time, where "simple" people did the right thing, regardless of the personal sacrifice. What they ended up with was often far greater than they ever dreamed of in the first place.


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