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Expecting a Miracle (2009)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 10 January 2009
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L.A. engineer Pete Stanhope wants to stop expensive, frustrating IVF treatment with his wife, Donna, and consider adoption but his wife disagrees. In the hopes of defusing the marital ... See full summary »


Steve Gomer


Donald Davenport (teleplay)





Credited cast:
Jason Priestley ... Pete Stanhope
Teri Polo ... Donna Stanhope
Cheech Marin ... Father Arturo
Kevin Balmore ... Pepillo Salazar (as Kevin Hernandez)
Rebeka Montoya ... Magdelena
Frank Gallegos ... Garcia
Shalim Ortiz ... Juan Salazar
Ed Lauter ... Walter Enright
Matthew Scott Montgomery ... Pete's Male Assistant
Barry Livingston ... Dr. Douglas Clark
Mia Cardena ... Little Village Girl (as Mia Cardeña)
Nicole Gabriella Scipione ... Linda
Ciro Suarez ... Farmer #1
Wynter Kullman ... Blair
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ingrid Coree ... Townsman


L.A. engineer Pete Stanhope wants to stop expensive, frustrating IVF treatment with his wife, Donna, and consider adoption but his wife disagrees. In the hopes of defusing the marital tension they go on a a romantic holiday to Mexico. Car trouble strands them in tiny Dommatina, a peaceful village where the locals are content. Pete accepts the help of the only car mechanic, Juan Salazar, while aiding the philosophical father Arturo with preparations for the annual fiesta. Juan's kid brother, disabled Pepillo, will then star in the 'flying act'. Getting to know the boy and experiencing simple happiness may reshape the Stanhope's own future. Written by KGF Vissers

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The miracle of love and hope will light the way.


Drama | Romance



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Pete Stanhope: If I can't give her what she wants, what's the point? You said it yourself, we're still young. We could both start over.
Father Arturo: I think that would be the biggest act of selfishness, not love.
Pete Stanhope: How so?
Father Arturo: I would not abandon her to face her burdens alone. I would strive to make her burdens lighter, her sorrows easier to bear. Love will not fix these things that trouble you, but it will give your union the strength to find its way through the journey of life, together. But that's just the opinion of one ...
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Pretty sweet
22 October 2020 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

Too much sugar is bad for you especially if you're a diabetic. But metaphorical sugar, as in a sappy movie, never hurt anyone. True, it doesn't meet all people's taste, but in this case I enjoyed it.

Like many movies from these producers, you pretty much expect all the loose ends to be tied up happily. And even if you didn't realize that coming in, it's pretty obvious by about half way through what's going to happen. Or is it? I didn't expect that! Still a lot the predictable things did stay true to expectations.

The two leading ladies were a joy to watch in Teri Polo and Rebeka Montoya. Montoya, especially, fit the movie's ambience of total optimism. Polo's character's circumstances demanded that she start out a little sad but the town quickly changed that. Between the two of them, I wanted to be there in that town. Polo has appeared in a lot of productions that appear on Hallmark, Faith and Family, Pixl and others of that nature. It doesn't seem like Montoya has that portfolio which is too bad. I think she could fit well there.

Kevin Balmore played the little boy quite well.

It didn't look like there was a lot of expense on sets, but most of that was because most of the movie stayed in one place.

Don't expect too much reality, but that's normal in this genre. The biggest aberration from reality is how Norte Americano everyone's accents were, especially Magdalena.

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Release Date:

10 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Miracle of Dommatina See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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