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Heart of the Country (2013)

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The story of a girl who abandoned her family for the big city, returns home to the heart of the country. She finds values and love there that her life was missing. You can always go home.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jana Kramer ... Faith
Gerald McRaney ... Calvin
Randy Wayne ... Luke
Shaun Sipos ... Lee
Anne Hawthorne ... Olivia
Sydney Penny ... Candace
John Ward ... Jake
Stefan Hajek ... Hardy
Sheila Shah ... Maria
Andrew Masset ... Austin (as Andrew Hyatt Masset)
Stephanie Northrup Stephanie Northrup ... Catherine
Sydnee Fryer Sydnee Fryer ... Young Faith
Cali Ward Cali Ward ... Victoria (as Caroline Amanda Ward)
Bonnie Johnson ... Essie Mae
Rosalie Miller ... Heather (as Rosalie Autumn Miller)
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With her husband jailed for Wall Street fraud, Faith leaves her life of luxury behind to return to rural North Carolina and the father and sister she'd left behind. A love between a father and his daughter, it parallels the famous parable, "The Prodigal Son". Written by AHM

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au coeur de la campagne See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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Bay Ridge Films See more »
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Color
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Jana Kramer and Gerald McRaney both appeared in One Tree Hill but at different times. See more »

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Lesser Man
Performed by Stefan Hajek, Paul Obernesser, Jones Smith, and John M. Fonvielle (as John Fonvielle)
Written by Stefan Hajek
Produced by Tommy Brothers
Published by Endymion Nomad Publishing
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Faith, hope and charity
6 September 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Heart of the Country is one of these faith based films which tries to keep its Christian message subtle but it is there to see; an America that exists only in a film producer's, preacher or a Republican politician's mind.

Faith (Jana Kramer) left her family in a small town in North Carolina for New York and ended up marrying to a wealthy socialite who worked in Wall Street. She has lived the high life but her husband has been busted for fraud and Faith returns home.

It becomes clear that Faith has been distant with her dad (Gerald McRaney) and her sister but the film does not spell it out. I was not even sure if they have ever met Faith's husband.

When Faith's dad gets cancer, she tries to get her husband to arrange a top New York doctor to see him. Faith's father meanwhile wants her to fight to save his marriage and goes to see his son in law to find out whether he still wants to be with Faith.

The film has positive messages about marriage, forgiveness and redemption. It is just too sanitized and happy clappy for my liking. We are not made clear what Faith's issues were with her family but they would had good reason to be upset by the way they were treated by Faith who seems to have forgotten all about them until trouble came knocking on the door.


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