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Montana Sky
Montana Sky
Actors: Ashley Williams, John Corbett, Charlotte Ross
Genres: Westerns, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2007     1hr 36min

When multimillionaire cattleman Jack Mercy dies, he leaves his Montana ranch to his three daughters - all half-sisters and complete strangers to one another. But according to his will, the three women will only receive th...  more »


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Actors: Ashley Williams, John Corbett, Charlotte Ross
Genres: Westerns, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Love & Romance, Family Life, All Made-for-TV Movies, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/07/2007
Original Release Date: 02/05/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 02/05/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 1/3/2015...
Ranch/Cowboy romance movie... great combo for me.
Laurie K. from KANSAS CITY, KS
Reviewed on 12/30/2014...
I loved the cast...Storyline was pretty good for made of TV movie. :D
Robert M. from DURAND, IL
Reviewed on 9/18/2012...
very good modern day western senery was great
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jennifer W. (racingtweety)
Reviewed on 3/25/2009...
excellent movie! Loved the book and was really glad to watch the movie.
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Movie Reviews

Montana Sky - Guilty Pleasure, Bad Writing
Mark | East Coast | 10/26/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Montana sky is the story of a bitter rancher who dies and forces his 3 daughters to farm his ranch for a year in order to inherit the estate. They don't know each other before hand, but they all grow to love the idea and live happily ever after.

The story line for Montana Sky seems almost irrelevant watching this film. Those who are hardcore fans of Nora Roberts might be satisfied when any of her stories are made into movies. While I will admit that this movie was fun to watch (hence the 2 stars), it's mostly fun for the wrong reasons.

The story is based on Nora Roberts novel, but the teleplay was written by April Smith. Every cliche' in the book is used in this movie. The people are so country, the ranch feels more Texas than Montana. The girl from LA is called "Hollywood," and she wears revealing outfits even when doing farm work. The sister from Virginia is the stereotypical frail escapee of an abusive marriage. John Corbett is the traditional eye-candy whose character is only there to suck-in the target market of 40 year old women. Farmhands named Ham, Pickles, and the like are thrown in too. Not to mention a Native American who talks about how the "white man always tries to make a profit off of nature." Are you kidding me?

The film is so inaccurate it's hilarious for ANYBODY who has ever been on a real farm. There is a scene where they need 4 people to herd about 100 cattle, even though there's supposed to be thousands on their ranch. Ridiculous! You don't need 4 farm hands to herd 8 dozen cattle! I guess they thought they could use smoke and mirrors to make them look like many more. It doesn't work. Who has only 100 head of cattle on what is supposed to be a 24 million dollar ranch!!!

So why is this movie still enjoyable? Because I can appreciate bad movies. It's so bad, it's good. This is not a movie to overanalyze. This is a guilty pleasure movie for all those who love Lifetime TV and/or Nora Roberts novels.

The actors do as good of a job as possible with their trite dialogue. The predictable story and flimsy excuses for the men and women to couple up just add to the joke.

Compared to this movie, almost everything on Lifetime seems Oscar worthy. There are good actors here, but there isn't much you can believe in this movie. The talents of Diane Ladd, for one, are very much wasted here. Trust me, she is not alone.

You can still enjoy this. If you can laugh at a romance novel and are a fan of "Dallas," you can have fun with this movie. Just don't expect to take it seriously.

The spirit of the story is still there...
M. B. Alcat | Los Angeles, California | 08/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Montana sky", based on a novel of the same title written by Nora Roberts, is an entertaining movie that even those that have not read Robert's book will like.

The story begins with the funeral of Jack Mercy, a multimillionaire rancher that dies suddenly, leaving "Mercy ranch" to his three daughters, Willa (Ashley Williams), Tess (Charlotte Ross) and Lily (Laura Mennell). These three young women have different mothers and don't know each other, but will have to live together for a year as stipulated in Jack's will, if they don't want to lose their inheritance. Jack's interference doesn't end there: as autocratic in death as he was during his lifetime, he has left two overseers for a year, and one of them is Willa's hateful neighbour, Ben (John Corbett).

Willa, the only one of the sisters that lives and works in the ranch, along with her half-brother Adam (Nathaniel Arcand), resents her sisters' presence, and the fact that she now has to deal with Ben daily. But not everything is what it looks like, and sometimes what seems like bad luck can turn out to be for the better. When a dangerous stalker threatens them, Willa, Tess and Lily will need to trust each other, and the men around them, in order to survive.

Sounds interesting? Well, it is :) Truth to be told, I was somewhat afraid to watch this film, because I didn't think such a great novel could become a movie without losing the nuances that make it so good, but Mike Robe (the director) managed to avoid making an oversimplified version of "Montana sky". Even though this movie is quite different from the book, and despite the fact that several story lines have been omitted or modified, the spirit of the story is still there, and I believe you will enjoy it. That is the reason why I can recommended it to you...

Belen Alcat

PS: I wish the "In death" series (Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb) had movie versions, too. I guess we'll have to wait a little bit more for that to happen :(

PS 2: If you like this movie, I'm pretty sure that you will love the book on which it is based.
Not a great adaptation
Roger Long | Port Clinton, OH USA | 10/25/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"In making a lengthy book into a two-hour movie and then adapting it to the constraints of television, the film makers were barely adequate. Granted, it is no easy task, and it shows here. All the violence and gore were removed for the general TV audience, so that the jeopardy and terror are all but missing. The sex scenes (a Nora Roberts trademark) are so diminished as to be non-existant. The result of the omissions is a bland story at best.

The three sisters are played by beautiful actresses, who are not very good at their craft of creating believable characters. Or perhaps the director is to blame. There are no contradictions, no depth in their characters at all. There's the rough and tumble raised on the ranch sister; the Hollywood take a meeting sunglasses sister; and the wife beater victim scared of a mouse sister. The acting and dialogue of the men are even less competent. They pretty much walk through their roles, as if a stetson and cowboy boots were sufficient to create character.

Then there are the story changes. One example: in the book, "Hollywood" Tess becomes involved with the lawyer, Nate, but in the movie version, Tess takes up with the eye-candy sheriff and Nate somehow disappears. I can't imagine why the film makers decided to change partners for Tess. It will be confusing to anyone who has read the novel. To make matters stranger, when the bosomy Tess offers herself openly to the sheriff--he demurs. Egad. As a man, I found that hard to imagine.

The scenery of Montana (shot in Canada?) is certainly attractive, and the sisters are easy on the eye. Unfortunately a movie, in order to be really good, has to have more that that."