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Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC Reviewed on 12/3/2013...
FAITH is the key here. If you don't believe then there is no way you could understand the faith this family had. Very interesting and trying movie. Have to watch it to the end to see how it really ends.
Joyce W. (Cuddlebug) Reviewed on 12/25/2010...
Beautiful movie that will make you smile and cry. I highly recommend for the entire family.
Strong, realistic acting & inspirational story
TOMMY C ELLIS | Federal Way, WA United States | 02/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The acting begins on the solid footing of an adorable "poster child" eight-year boy who develops a deadly brain tumor. This boy's charm alone would have garnered the film three stars. The mother and father could have been his real parents--they played their parts so naturally. Mom won't give up when treatment becomes more aggressive and less likely to succeed. Dad believes it is best to be realistic and make the boy's last days comfortable and peaceful. Additionally, the struggle over pursuing "the miracle in the cards" was most realistic. The main physician, Dr. Middleton, proved a master at being a compassionate but professional medical man, while communicating with a mother who believes he is destined to save her apparently doomed child. Richard Thomas may not conjur up an image of brain surgeon in most people's minds, but he did play the role of counseling the sick child and his parents well. Perhaps he came across more as a hospital chaplain than a surgeon. Nevertheless, the role worked, and rounded out the story smoothly. Finally, there is Kirk Cameron as the skeptical "hard news" journalist assigned to a feature story. He seems most comfortable in the role of feature journalist--much more than his attempts at hard news, such as in the Left Behind movie. He does not pan out as much of a skeptic. Nevertheless, his role added a sweet touch, that closed the film nicely.Concerning the plot, there is a fair amount of tension in this film--though it aims more to inspire than tease. Towards the end, I started to wonder if there was ever going to be an upward turn in this downward spiraling medical tale. Then, right at the end there is the abrupt medical update...one I will not divulge. My one complaint is that the ending came rather suddenly--though the actual story may have been the same.The bottom line is that this is a sweet, inspirational tale of a rather unique miracle. The acting is realistic, and you will conclude your viewing with a smile."
Good film but I may be biased!!
Georgina | Sutton, Surrey, United Kingdom | 03/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The reason I watched this film is because I have a connection with the real story. For me thats always what makes this film real and brings back many memories. Sadly I did think the acting at times was a little less than desirable and those english accents were poor at times, although the story behind the film will pull me back to watch it again and again. Actually quite funny for me seeing Carshalton portrayed as such an American town!! Its nothing like that in real life - our door numbers rarely go past the hundreds in England!! The DVD is better than the VHS purley due to the extras - Craig is 25 now and fit and well and its nice to hear him on the DVD. For anyone who liked the film Marion Shergold released a book many years back called 'a mothers story'. Thats a very good read and I would recommend it highly!!"
Miracle of the Cards
cari_vanblaricum | Brighton, MI , USA | 12/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie on PAX and thought it was excellent movie. I like true stories and they are really great when you get a tear or two."
Christian Movie Genre has gone Unnoticed. This is a Gem!
Stephen M. Keohane | MA USA | 03/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's become apparent to me that the Christian Movie Genre has gone unnoticed by a great many Christians. This true story of this 8 year old boy should be seen by anyone who is looking for faith and hope. At first glance one might think that the story of a kid receiving over a million cards is nice, but not worth sitting through. Wrong on both counts! I put off seeing it for these reasons, and when I finally saw it I now put it up there among my favorite Christian movies. This is a well scripted, professionally filmed movie. The acting is superb. The story moves right along at a good clip and at the end - the hardest among us will probably have teary eyes and a feeling of love and caring that we never had before. Understanding this movie is sort of like flexing a muscle that has never been flexed before. And its done by suddenly realizing that God is there. He just doesn't flaunt it, and He is working in such a way that will benefit the most."
Very touching movie, watched it with my children.. God can u
OverRunWithSons | PA | 12/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was compelled to watch this movie after I read 2 reviews on this site stating it was an Insult to God, that this Mother gave all her glory to the Cards, stating the movie should be thrown in the trash & ends with scriptures -- Then an earlier review saw only Hypocrisy. I'm thinking, WHAT??!! A movie like this, I just had to take a look! As a Christian myself (obviosly not the kind they are, what would they have done - given their son a sermon every day while he laid in the hospital bed ?). I DID NOT see this Mother giving GLory to the cards at all, I counted the times she thanked God, and they were MANY ...What I seen was a Mother who was guided, who believed, who hoped, who dared to do whatever it took to save her son's life (which is love), she saw the light in his eyes when he opened his cards, he believed all those people sending cards were praying for him, this gave him Hope/Encouragement -which his Doctor ordered the parents to give him, what he NEEDED. How can one not see God (or inspiration) at work in this? Life is full of wonderful things in wonderful unexpected ways, even in the midst of some of the chaos, He is there. This card campaign -which spanned the globe- might have led to a Guinness Book World record, but the more important thing was it led to a Doctor in the United States who was able to perform the surgery to save his life. So God Used the "Cards", or He allowed the Card Campaign to be used to bring these important people into this child's life-to save Him. What could be more glorious than that, what Joy to these parents, what answered prayer. It's an incredible story, and it's TRUE--which makes it even better! Funny thing is, all these years later, those crazy cards are still coming, thanks to some chain letters on the internet that just won't die. I think all of us should be this sensitive to what gives OUR CHILDREN hope/encouragement in a time such as this."