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Safe Harbour (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | Video 2 January 2008
Ophelia MacKenzie is spending the summer on a beach house with her daughter Philippa, recovering from the death of her husband and son in an air crash. Philippa meets Matt Bowles on the ... See full summary »

Director:

Bill Corcoran (as William Corcoran)

Writers:

Danielle Steel (based on the novel "Safe Harbor" by), Edithe Swensen (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Gilbert ... Ophelia MacKenzie
Brad Johnson ... Matt Bowles
Liana Liberato ... Philippa 'Pip' MacKenzie
Rebecca Staab ... Andrea Wilson
Michael DeLorenzo ... Bob
Michael Jace ... Jeff
Idalis DeLeon ... Millie
Katie Walder ... Vanessa Bowles
Kate Vernon ... Sally
Kathleen Noone ... Louis Anderson
Ryan Thomas ... Josh
Lisa Clifton ... Josh's mom
Scott Blackwood Scott Blackwood ... Gunman
Tracy Brooks Swope ... Nurse #1
Kimleigh Smith ... Nurse #2
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Storyline

Ophelia MacKenzie is spending the summer on a beach house with her daughter Philippa, recovering from the death of her husband and son in an air crash. Philippa meets Matt Bowles on the beach, where he spends time drawing, he is a handsome divorcée, and she introduces him to Ophelia. A romantic relationship develops between Ophelia and Matt after initial hesitance by Ophelia. Written by Clairie

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, a scene of violence and some thematic material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 2008 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Danielle Steel's Safe Harbour See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Adapted From the Danielle Steele novel, Safe Harbour. See more »

Goofs

Melissa Gilbert was credited as playing Ophelia Mackenzie. However all through the movie, most of the characters called her Ophélie, which was her name in the novel. See more »

Connections

Remake of Safe Harbor (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Jumpstart For A Lemon Heart
Written by Josh Timonen
Performed by Rayno
Courtesy of Josh Timonen Music
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Okay, if you like a film which doesn't require much thinking
1 March 2008 | by sherikat5See all my reviews

This is a typical Steele novel production in that two people who have undergone some sort of tragedy manage to get together despite the odds. I wouldn't call this a spoiler because anyone who has read a Steele novel knows how they ALL end. If you don't want to know much about the plot, don't keep reading.

Gilbert's character, Ophelia, is a woman of French decent who has lost her husband and son in an accident. Gilbert needs to stop doing films where she is required to have an accent because she, otherwise a good actress, cannot realistically pull off any kind of accent. Brad Johnson, also an excellent actor, is Matt, who is recovering from a rather nasty divorce. He is gentle, convincing and compelling in this role.

The two meet on the beach through her daughter, Pip, and initially, Ophelia accuses Matt of being a child molester just because he talked art with the kid. All of them become friends after this episode and then the couple falls in love.

The chemistry between the two leads is not great, even though the talent of these two people is not, in my opinion, a question. They did the best they could with a predictable plot and a script that borders on stereotypical. Two people meet, tragedy, bigger tragedy, a secret is revealed, another tragedy, and then they get together. I wish there was more to it than that, but there it is in a nutshell.

I wanted mindless entertainment, and I got it with this. In regard to the genre of romantic films, this one fails to be memorable. "A Secret Affair" with Janine Turner is far superior (not a Steele book), as are some of Steele's earlier books turned into film.


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