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Thicker Than Water (2005)

After discovering her late father once married a rodeo queen, an attorney travels into horse country and finds more family.


David S. Cass Sr.


J.P. Martin




Cast overview:
Melissa Gilbert ... Natalie Jones
Lindsay Wagner ... Jess Jarrett
Brian Wimmer ... Sam Nelson
Lindy Newton ... Lulu Nichols
Nan Martin ... Abygail Jordan
Robert Mailhouse ... Larry Gorman
Grainger Hines ... Tom Grove
Nancy Atkinson Nancy Atkinson ... Receptionist
Amy Beth Reece Amy Beth Reece ... Secretary
Ryan Carnes ... Tim 'Ray' Markus
Sondra Currie ... Sally (as SondraCurrie)
Martin Papazian ... Stableboy (as Marty Papazian)
Jennifer Jean Cacavas Jennifer Jean Cacavas ... JJ
David McQuade David McQuade ... Billy Joe
Ivan Naranjo Ivan Naranjo ... Watervision


After discovering her late father once married a rodeo queen, an attorney travels into horse country and finds more family.

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In the first scene in the study at Natalie's house, actual baby pictures of Melissa Gilbert can be seen on the mantle and end tables.

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At around 37 minutes in when Natalie and Jess are talking outside, a person can be seen over Jess' shoulder coming from behind the hedge and walking off camera. See more »

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There were never such devoted sisters
5 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Melissa Gilbert gets the shock of her life in Thicker Than Water after her father dies. She's a high powered attorney at one of Los Angeles's best white shoe law firms and just getting used to the idea that both of her parents are now deceased. Then the family friend Nan Martin drops an envelope on her with the news that her father had a wife before he married Mom. The first wife was a trick rider Rodeo Queen. As her father was a most conservative sort, that's something she can't figure.

She goes in search of wife one and finds a graveyard with another daughter mourning her passing. The daughter is Lindsay Wagner and the half sisters after a bit of getting used to bond quite well.

In fact a lawyer who is a sister of any kind comes in quite handy for Wagner who is having a dispute with her neighbor and landlord Granger Hines about water rights and the fact that Lindsay is caring for some wild horses still roaming the range. And there's romance for Gilbert in the person of veterinarian Brian Wimmer.

Thicker Than Water is a nice Hallmark Channel production with good roles for both Wagner and Gilbert. I'm sure that is one of the reasons they signed for this film. It's an easy to take film with people you will grow to care about.

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Release Date:

12 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vér nem válik vízzé See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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