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Love Comes Softly
Love Comes Softly
Actors: Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff, Corbin Bernsen, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Theresa Russell
Director: Michael Landon Jr.
Genres: Westerns, Drama, Kids & Family, Television
UR     2004     1hr 24min

Based on Janette Oke's best-selling book series, and directed by Michael Landon Jr., Loves Comes Softly is inspired story-telling for the whole family. Marty and Aaron Claridge (Katherine Heigl and Oliver Macready) t...  more »

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Actors: Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff, Corbin Bernsen, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Theresa Russell
Director: Michael Landon Jr.
Creators: Michael Landon Jr., Brian Gordon, Faye Schwab, H. Daniel Gross, Kevin Bocarde, Cindy Kelley, Janette Oke
Genres: Westerns, Drama, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Love & Romance, Religion, Family Films, All Made-for-TV Movies
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/14/2004
Original Release Date: 04/13/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 04/13/2003
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 24min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Sharon F. (Shar) from HIALEAH, FL
Reviewed on 6/15/2022...
This is a wonderful movie about life as a pioneer and a beautiful love story. I know Katherine Heigl normally does comedy, but she's great as the widow of this movie and does an excellent acting job.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Wayne F. (WWIIpfc) from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 5/24/2015...
It's a wonderful love story, and so realistic. It could happen just that way. This is the first in a series of 10.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Charity L. (charityl)
Reviewed on 2/12/2015...
Love this series of movies based on the books by Janette Oke. They don't go exactly by the books but overall very well done. Only thing is I wish they had kept the actors and actresses the same throughout the whole thing. The only one who stays the same is Dale Midkiff. He is the best part in it and plays the wise father perfectly. Great family film but be advised it is true to the books with people who die, etc. Not shown in any detail but easy to figure out what happens. The faith is a strong part of the characters lives but not preachy.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Cassandra T. (cassandraterry) from ORANGE, TX
Reviewed on 8/7/2013...
Amazing movie! We already have the sequel on its way. A tear jerker so have the tissues handy. But a very good movie worth watching!
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Movie Reviews

Clean, family-friendly love story that will warm your heart!
randomartco | Greater Washington D.C. area | 08/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this film on the Hallmark Channel, and TIVO'd it to watch: I have since watched it a few times and will buy the DVD when it's released! Based on a novel by Christian historical fiction writer Janette Oke, "Love Comes Softly," centers on Marty, a young woman who travels West with her husband. When tragedy strikes this newly married couple, grief-striken Marty must find a way to survive the harsh land that she is surrounded by.

For those of you worried about content: this is a family-friendly film! There is no language that I can recall, no violence, and no adult themes. There is one scene where a man accidentally walks in on a woman taking a bath (nothing is shown), some squabbling between two people, and a woman preparing a live chicken for a meal, but other than that, I could not find anything objectionable.

This is a cute and family-friendly story, that promotes the themes of morality, love, honor, courage, faith, etc."
God Works in Mysterious Ways
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 08/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Love Comes Softly," based on a Janette Oke novel, is a heartwarming 19th century tale that will use up several hankies. Marty and her husband travel west, searching for the perfect place to raise a family; when her husband has a fatal accident, Marty finds herself alone, with winter coming, and with no way of getting home. She enters into a marriage of convenience, and faces many trials as she gets used to her new environment and the strangers in her life.

Katherine Heigl is lovely as Marty, and Dale Midkiff excellent as Clark, the older, strong Christian man she marries. As his daughter Missie, Skye McCole Bartusian is an exceptional little actress, and in smaller parts, Theresa Russell and Corbin Bensen are terrific as the kind of stalwart people that pioneered this nation. Written and directed by Michael Landon Jr. for Hallmark, this is a way above average film made for the small screen, with endearing characters, and spectacular scenery, shot on location in El Dorado County, California, by cinematographer James Wrenn.

A scene that is memorable is when Clark takes Marty to his "church," a bench that faces a beautiful view, and explains his faith to her. It is so well written, and truly the core of this award-winning film. Total running time is 88 minutes, and the DVD gives one the option of full screen or widescreen. A sequel was made to this story, "Love's Enduring Promise," in 2004.
"The truth of God's love is not that He allows bad things to happen; it's His promise He'll be there with us, when they do."
Love comes softly,
cyndie fallen | Illinois, | 09/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was the most refreshing love story that I have seen in a very long time. I don't know when I have enjoyed a movie as much. I have viewed it 3 times and wait anxiously to see it again with my friend. The story line was just excellent, a woman who lost all her dreams and a man with such a tender heart. No sex, no violence, no cursing, just pure and refreshing. Wow. I thouroughly enjoyed this lovely film."