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The Russell Girl (2008)

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Sarah Russell, a 23-year-old aspiring medical school student, visits her family to share some important news but instead finds herself confronting a difficult period from her past.

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Jeff Bleckner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amber Tamblyn ... Sarah Russell
Jennifer Ehle ... Lorainne Morrissey
Henry Czerny ... Howard Morrisey
Paul Wesley ... Evan Carroll
Tim DeKay ... Tim Russell
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Gayle Russell
Daniel Clark ... Daniel Russell
Ben Lewis ... Jon Morrissey
Max Morrow ... Rick Morrissey
Richard Leacock ... Dr. Gordon
Richard Fitzpatrick Richard Fitzpatrick ... Ray
Rebecca Dreiling Rebecca Dreiling ... Karaoke Girl
Max MacBride Max MacBride ... Young Jon
William Cuddy William Cuddy ... Young Rick
Paula Barrett Paula Barrett ... Fran
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Sarah Russell, a 23-year-old aspiring medical school student, visits her family to share some important news but instead finds herself confronting a difficult period from her past.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Russell Girl (#57.2) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was Daniel Clark's final acting appearance. See more »

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In town having lunch - she left without paying. See more »

Connections

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

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She's not just the Russell Girl. She has a first name.
2 February 2009 | by Len9876See all my reviews

Times flies. The last time I saw Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio--well, was when she was Tom Cruise's girlfriend in "The Color of Money". Now, she is playing a mother.

Without giving the plot away, the movie deals with guilt, denial, grief, and loss. Secrets are lethal, and they seem to abound in so many families.

This film is a sumptuous production. Only the likes of Hallmark and Playhouse 90 could offer such a magnificent presentation. There is a stellar cast, brilliant direction, and fine editing. The story is true to life, and naturally slow as the arduous events pull at your heart strings. This is a tearjerker, and you will need at least one box of tissue. Generously pass the Kleenex around because all of the viewers will need them. The timing is just right for some serious issues, there is actually some resolution, and the ending is a myriad of emotional fireworks.

I cannot praise this film enough, and rank it a 10 out of 10. This movie is a definite award winner, and a must see. But, it's not just a film for families. It's a film for singles, and everyone. But, to really appreciate this movie, you must be open to feelings, and be willing to deal with issues. Yes, life can be as difficult, as it can be rewarding. But, with just the right measure of love and support, we can rise to life's joys and its challenges. Bravo!


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