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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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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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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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I can definitely recommend this movie.
21 October 2013 | by rcr1608See all my reviews

Sometimes when you skim the top off a book to make a movie it can really miss a lot, and/or it can make the story seem overly simple. I'm not sure where the brunette Elizabeth and Edward came from, but adding them really seemed to add depth to the story, and even though it is still technically a simple story you have to pay more attention to keep up. I like both story lines; I hope we get to keep both in the new series coming out in January. I've always liked the original Elizabeth and Wynn from the books, but I also like the Elizabeth and Edward story as well. Since Edward kind of messed up his reputation with Elizabeth, we'll need to see if she gradually gets feelings for him if/when he stays a responsible adult a.k.a. knight in shining armor. I hope we get to keep the best bits from Elizabeth and Wynn's story as well they had quite an adventure together in the books. Just off the top of my head since it's been a while since I got to sit down with the books. When he took her hiking in Banff, brought her a puppy, told her what ?winiwishy? means, took her camping, etc. The original Elizabeth was really mostly done in her head there wasn't a whole lot of interaction between her and Wynn but we don't want to miss any of what there was of it. I really enjoyed this movie like how much I enjoyed the first couple of the Love Comes Softly movies. I hope that since they are able to do the follow up in a series instead of spread out movies over years that the quality on the series will be as good as this kick-off movie is. Debbie Macomber doing her book in series instead of movies really seemed to work well for her; I hope it works well for WCtH also. I think what this movie does is make you want to read the first book again because they kind of skim over Elizabeth and Wynn's story as the new Elizabeth read's her aunts diary while having a story of her own in a cliffhanger style. I can definitely recommend this movie.


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