Inspired by a short story. Isabella Caldwell is a high-society woman in late-1800's New York. When Isabella's estranged daughter Mary becomes ill and is too proud to ask her mother for ... See full summary »

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Graeme Campbell

Writers:

Shelley Evans, Louisa May Alcott (short story)
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Jacqueline Bisset ... Isabella
Helene Joy ... Mary Bassett (as Hélène Joy)
Tatiana Maslany ... Mathilda Bassett
Kristopher Turner ... Gad Hopkins (as Kris Turner)
Ted Atherton ... Mr. Hopkins
Paula Boudreau ... Mrs. Hopkins
Vivien Endicott Douglas ... Prudence (as Vivien Endicott-Douglas)
Gage Munroe ... Solomon Bassett
Sam Malkin Sam Malkin ... Mr. Yule
Catherine Fitch ... Principal
Michael Barbuto ... Fitter Bider
Paul Brown Paul Brown ... Doctor
Sarah Cassidy Sarah Cassidy ... Woman at Carriage Accident
Sharon McFarlane ... Woman at Blacksmith Shop
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Inspired by a short story. Isabella Caldwell is a high-society woman in late-1800's New York. When Isabella's estranged daughter Mary becomes ill and is too proud to ask her mother for assistance, Mary's daughter Tilly contacts her grandmother to plead for help. Isabella's arrival causes upheaval in many lives, but may also lead to reconciliation within the family. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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TV-PG
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Divided into chapters: Chapter 1 Letter, Chapter 2 Pandora's Box, Chapter 3 Fox in a Henhouse, Chapter 4 Possible Allies, Chapter 5 New Life, Chapter 6 Devil's Bargain, Chapter 7 Scarlet Fever, Chapter 8 Thanksgiving. See more »

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Mathilda Bassett: Why are you telling me this?
Isabella: So you won't make the mistake of excusing me. Telling yourself, as I did, that it could not have been helped.
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An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Is Just that in Nature ***
29 November 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

The warm family relationships that abound in this production makes the movie an appealing one.

Taking place after the civil war, it chronicles the life of a widow with 3 children who are poverty stricken. The eldest daughter, a writer with a great imagination, concocts a story that ultimately draws their wealthy grandmother to their New Hampshire home.

Jackie Bisset plays the stern grandmother. She is entirely too young for the part. Nevertheless, she gives a gem of a performance as a wealthy matron who married a much older widower than she and had a daughter with him to secure herself financially.

The daughter ran away years before with a stable boy who has now died. Both mother and daughter must confront past events in front of the children.

The story is filled with scarlet fever epidemics abounding.

The film also deals with a getting kind grandmother who will go to any length to get her children and grandchildren out of the poverty cycle.

It is a nicely done film with a triumph of the family spirit in this season of giving.


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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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