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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 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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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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Okay. Just okay.
18 January 2014 | by dallas_viewerSee all my reviews

Thank you, Kielsa03! Your review cleared everything up for me.

I have not read the book and I was underwhelmed by the movie, especially by the way it just kind of fizzled out at the end. It made no sense--no one actually gets together, we're left wondering, etc. I was shaking my head "huh?" at the end.

I did not realize this was intended to launch a TV series. No wonder so much remained open ended.

I will say that Maggie Grace was very good in her role. Most of the other actors were adequate, except for the "free-spirited" sister, whose acting was atrocious. (Hey, just my opinion. YMMV. I liked her looks, as far as being the rascally sister, I just thought her acting choices were awful.)

The real star of this movie for me was Wardrobe. Such gorgeous dresses and hats! If I could just vote for the costuming, I would give it 10 stars!


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