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When Calls the Heart (2013)

Elizabeth Thatcher, a cultured young teacher in 1910, fears leaving her comfortable world in the city. But when she accepts a teaching position in a frontier town, she finds new purpose and love with a handsome Royal Canadian Mountie.

Director:

Michael Landon Jr.

Writers:

Janette Oke (based on the book by), Michael Landon Jr. (teleplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Grace ... Aunt Elizabeth
Stephen Amell ... Wynn
Poppy Drayton ... Elizabeth
Daniel Sharman ... Edward
Cherie Lunghi ... Mrs. Thatcher (as Cheri Lunghi)
Christopher Villiers ... Mr. Thatcher
Jean Smart ... Frances
Lori Loughlin ... Abigail
Daisy Head ... Julie Thatcher (as Daisey Head)
Lee Williams Lee Williams ... Thomas Higgins
Natasha Calis ... Perlie Leverly
Tygh Runyan ... Phillip Delaney Sr
Alex Arsenault Alex Arsenault ... Young Farmer
Tom Carey ... Mr. Moran
Sam Duke ... Andy
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Storyline

In 1910, Elizabeth Thatcher is a Canadian woman from an affluent family. Her father is a shipping magnate, but Elizabeth has chosen a career as a school teacher for herself. She eagerly waits for her first assignment, and is disappointed to learn that they are sending her to Coal Valley, Alberta. It is a tiny coal-mining town in the westernmost areas of the Canadian frontier, and life there is far more spartan than what Elizabeth is used to. Elizabeth has little trouble charming the locals but is disliked by another newcomer to town: Constable Jack Thornton of the Royal North West Mounted Police. He was assigned there after Elizabeth's father pulled some strings, apparently to ensure the safety of Elizabeth. Jack feels that this is a dead-end to his career, and is quite angry about it. Coal Valley has recently lost about 50 miners in a serious mining accident. The widows of the dead are increasingly forced to replace them as workers, and Abigail Stanton (the foreman's widow) seems to ... Written by Dimos I

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

Canada | Romania | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

When Calls the Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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This Hallmark Channel original movie later became a Hallmark Channel TV show named When Calls the Heart (2014). This time 'Erin Krakow' reprises Elizabeth Thatcher instead of Poppy Drayton in the movie. See more »

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Too many missed opportunities
12 July 2015 | by marigold_katieSee all my reviews

This is obviously supposed to be a guilty pleasure kind of movie, so why did they have to take the pleasure out of it??? Yes, there were a lot of nice and funny moments but they seem to have happened by chance because the story (or two-story) pace is absolutely off; there constantly is a build-up to some scene that never happens and we only hear Elisabeth read about it in the journal! I understand it was important to show how a person chooses their path and recognizes what's closest to their heart - okay, we got it the first couple of times. But still - the least you could do is show the actual moments that helped the characters realize this. I don't know about the others, it appears the movie appealed to many and this is great, but for me this kind of movie needs some actual romance (and an actual ball!!!), before using love as a variable in the choice that is supposed to affirm the thematic message.


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