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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.

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David S. Cass Sr.

Writer:

J.P. Martin
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Cast

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

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Drama

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Official Sites:

Hallmark Entertainment

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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.

qv Prairie Tale: A Memoir by Melissa Gilbert. See more »

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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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Excellent
15 October 2006 | by sleuth-5See all my reviews

For those of us who have walked in the shoes of marginalization or separation from blood kin due to parental decisions to keep secrets, this movie provided a warm and real option for closure. It was comforting, and helped me recognize that connecting to previously unknown relatives takes work, and requires honesty.

Lindsay Wagner portrayed a credible role of a firstborn separated from half of her birth family. Estranged from her father, she learned early in life to reach out with love towards others, adopting, so-to-speak, perfect strangers, providing them a safe sanctuary. Her other option was to be bitter, self-centered, and angry, but she chose to give, rather than take. Conversely, Melissa Gilbert begins by being angry and mistrusting.

These two characters actually portrayed the emotional schism that exists within children born unto such circumstances. Separating the juxtaposed emotions into two separate characters really helps the viewer, who may have experienced this dynamic, to sort out feelings and see potential character developments of each emotion. The fact that Gilbert's role evolved into a trusting, giving individual who reaches out to the lost and brings them into her heart demonstrated a resolution that people separated at birth might wish to follow. At least such a solution could bring peaceful closure to the wounds parents' decisions sometimes creates in the lives of their offspring.

I gave this a high rating because of the realistic solution to real-life emotional turmoil this movie brought. Thanks for airing it.


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