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By Dawn's Early Light
By Dawn's Early Light
Actors: Richard Crenna, David Carradine, Chris Olivero, Patrick David, Gary Bisig
Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family, Television
NR     2002     1hr 40min

A grandfather (Richard Crenna) has his hands full when his Los Angeles-based angry teenage grandson is, against the boy's wishes, sent to stay with him on his Colorado Ranch. The boy's insistence on being defiant leads to ...  more »


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Actors: Richard Crenna, David Carradine, Chris Olivero, Patrick David, Gary Bisig
Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Creators: Andreas Poulsson, Bob Chmiel, Dan Paulson, Randall Badger, Robert Halmi Jr., David Seidler, Jacqueline Feather
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Family Films, Television
Studio: Showtime Ent.
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/09/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Barbara P. (bobbilyn) from VINEGAR BEND, AL
Reviewed on 8/11/2010...
Very good clean family film. Enjoyed it very much.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Excellent Film with Down-Home Values!
L. Pacheco | Aurora, CO United States | 12/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Teen actor, Chris Olivero, and Hollywood legend, Richard Crenna, deliver outstanding and believable performances in this coming of age movie about a bratty, California kid, Mike Lewis (Olivero), who is shipped off to visit his grandfather, Ben Maxwell (Crenna), in Colorado. While there, the argumentative and often smart-aleck Lewis, stirs up enough trouble for the town and his kindhearted grandfather. After several confrontations, the disrespectful grandson decides he wants to return to his spoiled lifestyle in Los Angeles. His grandfather agrees, but decides the two will travel to California by way of horseback. A disgruntled Lewis, tries his hardest to come up with every excuse to avoid the trek to the Pacific coast, but finds himself on the losing end of the battle. Shortly after their journey begins, they meet up with a group of Ben Maxwell's longtime friends, who together, take Maxwell's grandson on the journey of a lifetime by exposing him to down-to-earth western values and hard-working morals. After many trials along the trail, lessons are learned and Lewis and his grandfather discover something about each other they never expected. The film is laced with thought-provoking topics, incredible chemistry, outstanding performances, and certainly the greater values in life that founded our nation. Just short of Oscar caliber for Crenna, this film is highly recommended for all! A great film with good, clean humor, and patriotic family values!"
A Wonderful Story
N. Douglas | Hamilton, OH | 11/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the most wonderful movie for all ages. Very good acting and storyline. A must see!"
Outstanding Messages in an Unheralded Film
M. Boyd | 05/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""By Dawns Early Light" deals very effectively with many of todays results of our deteriorated culture. Bad parenting, failed government schools, obsession with material replacements substituted for real personal relationships and a constant decaying of values that worked effectively for generations are exposed and corrected with warmth and humor. There are nuggets for both genders and all ages to make you smile, laugh and think about changes you might consider for yourself and those close to you. The message is presented in such a fashion, you will want to see this little gem and share it with others for whom you care over and over."