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Wish You Well (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | April 2015 (Netherlands)
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A young girl and her brother come of age at their great grandmother's house in Virginia during the 1940s.


Darnell Martin


David Baldacci (based on novel), David Baldacci (script) | 1 more credit »





Credited cast:
Ellen Burstyn ... Louisa Mae Cardinal
Mackenzie Foy ... Lou Cardinal
Josh Lucas ... Cotton Longfellow
Ned Bellamy ... George Davis
JP Vanderloo JP Vanderloo ... Oz Cardinal
Alano Miller ... Eugene Randall
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick ... Diamond Skinner
Antonio Ducrot Antonio Ducrot ... Billy Davis
Laura Fraser ... Amanda Cardinal
Dave Hager ... Dr, Barnes
Josh Murray ... Jack Cardinal
Keith Tyree Keith Tyree ... Judd Wheeler
Sara Elizabeth Timmins ... Private Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Graham Beckel ... Thurston Goode
Pete Burris ... Dr. Luther Ross


After a family tragedy, a young girl moves from New York with her younger brother to live with their great grandmother on a Virginia farm and comes closer to understanding the land and roots that inspired her father's writings while discovering herself, the love of family, and the power of truly believing. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family


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Did You Know?


David Baldacci dedicated his book "The Hit" to the cast & crew of "Wish You Well." See more »


The second submission Lou sends to Saturday Evening Post shows the envelope with a zip code for her return address. Zip codes were not in use until decades later. See more »


Louisa Mae Cardinal: You don't exactly own land Lou. You just kinda take care of each other.
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Good film. the beauty of the New River Valley in Virginia
25 July 2020 | by hpblackSee all my reviews

This is a simplistic review as it reflects a simplistic but touching story.

I grew up in the NRV. Giles county was just over Cloyd's Mountain. The plot of the film is spotty in places, slow to develop and lacks real continuity, with fits and starts. The cinematography does well to catch the nuances of the Valley though there are some hiccups.

Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, Alano Miller all do extremely well in their respective roles. Josh Lucas as a compassionate attorney and Ned Bellamy as the primary antagonist contribute well to the stories inside the story.

The last few scenes are rushed and somewhat trite, but I recommend 'Wish You Well' as an escape to another place, another time that seem more relevant than ever.

Pop some corn, find a comfortable place and enjoy the scenery, the slow pace and throw in some Dots to complete this 101 minutes of a rather good movie.

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Release Date:

April 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Giles County, Virginia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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