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  • Actors: Jasen Wade, Nathan Mitchell, Jason Celaya, Thomas Ambt Kofod, Emily Wadley
  • Directors: T.C. Christensen
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: EXCEL Entertainment and Remember Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JUMHWK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,339 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage (Jasen Wade) feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death. What he learned was that for every tragedy, there was a multitude of miracles. Brought to you by filmmaker T. C. Christensen (Praise to the Man; The Work and the Glory), 17 Miracles will open your eyes to the unbelievable but true stories of the Mormon pioneers as you have never seen them before. Films by T. C. Christensen have received recognition in several film festivals. His Pioneer Miracle received the Best in Show award from the Houston International Film Festival in 2004. Seasons of the Heart, for which he was both director and cinematographer, also received multiple awards in film festivals.

About the Director

T. C. Christensen has made several films about Latter-day Saint founder Joseph Smith. Among these are Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration and Emma Smith: My Story, both made in cooperation with Gary Cook. Other Mormon-themed films include his biography of President Gordon B. Hinckley. Christensen was the coauthor and director of Only a Stonecutter, the story of John R. Moyle, the father of James H. Moyle. Christensen has also been the cinematographer for many films, including Rigoletto, The Testaments, Forever Strong, Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy, and The Work and the Glory.

Customer Reviews

We watch it all the time, even my kids love it.
Amy Johnson
The incidents in the movie all depict actual events to actual people who were following their desire to follow Heavenly Father -- that makes it even more amazing.
Phill
This is a wonderful film that tells truly amazing stories of some of the handcart pioneers.
JD225

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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Darrell on September 19, 2011
Format: DVD
By Darrell Stoddard, darrellstoddard@gmail.com

The Mormon Handcart story of 17 Miracles deserves an Academy Award, for cinematography, for best screenplay, for editing, and for best acting by many of the cast who didn't have to act because the role they played was more real than life.

My daughter and I had minor parts in filming 17 Miracles. We played the part of a father and daughter that buried my daughter's dead baby in a shallow grave in the snow. For whatever reason, God only knows, it was not acting, but was an out of the body, beyond the veil experience where we literally became the handcart father and daughter. Only one other time in my life have I experienced anything so "real".

When I placed the dead baby in the grave and cried out to God, words came out of me that I had never heard before, never even thought of before, because I was another man in another time burying a dead grandchild in a grave that we would have to leave forever.

Most of our life, in fact all of our life, "We see through a glass darkly," if we see at all. (Brigham Young once said that his greatest wish for the Saints was that they would be able to see things as they really are.) While we were filming, the veil was parted for us, and for a short period of time, we saw and experienced things as they really were for the handcart pioneers. It seemed that we could see, experience, and live in, the past present and future all at the same time.

It was so hard for my daughter and I to leave her dead baby in the snow, even after the filming was done. Neither of us has ever wept like that, even over the death of a loved one in this life. I hope this will communicate on film and will be as "real" for those who see 17 Miracles.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Phill on August 2, 2011
Format: DVD
This is an outstanding movie. I highly recommend it. Many of my friends and neighbors agree. We watched it in a theater; now I am eagerly awaiting the DVD so we can watch it again and share it with other family members.

The incidents in the movie all depict actual events to actual people who were following their desire to follow Heavenly Father -- that makes it even more amazing. Because there was much suffering and hardship for these handcart pioneers, you need to keep some tissues ready -- this movie will touch you, but it will also uplift you.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By acmbj on August 20, 2011
Format: DVD
This is a movie that everyone must see. I have seen it in theaters four times and can't wait to buy the DVD. It was just as wonderful the fourth time, as it was the first. This will increase your admiration and love for the handcart pioneers. It will also strengthen your desire to have more faith, like they did. And, it will give you a better perspective about life.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Family on August 27, 2011
Format: DVD
Review summary: If you have any interest in US history circa mid-1800s and/or handcart pioneers, you MUST see this excellent film! Heck, even if you're not specifically interested in those topics, go see it!

Plot: The film follows the journey of the Willie handcart company across the U.S. plains. The group left much later than originally planned and suffered well-documented hardships. This film depicts the hardships, but also focuses on the miracles that occurred along the way. (This part may be incorrect / unsubstantiated: It's my understanding that the miracles occurred in both the Martin and Willie handcart companies, but for the purposes of this film they are depicted as all happening to the Willie company.)

Short note: There are some scenes that young children may find frightening. A caution to parents that you may want to watch it first and just be aware of this.

Personal *opinion* of the film: Certain other films (not to be named) related to LDS subject matters have mixed to poor quality -- acting, filming, etc. Not so with "17 Miracles". I found the cinematography / camera work, music, acting (for the most part) to be top-notch. The acting, especially, of Jasen Wade (central character of Levi Savage) was absolutely excellent. He nails his character. You see the emotion Levi must have experienced as he traveled, served, and suffered with this amazing group of people. (Jasen, you deserve a standing ovation in my book. WELL DONE! The same goes for the director, T.C. Christensen, and the entire cast and crew.) Our family watches many films, but we rarely spend the money to purchase a DVD. We loved this film in the theater so much, we have pre-ordered the DVD. Do yourself a huge favor and see this film if you can still find it in theaters, and even purchase the movie for your own family and to share with friends! EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT FILM!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Stuver on August 12, 2011
Format: DVD
I saw this movie in the theater. It is excellent. I loved it, great story telling, very moving, definitely gives you much to ponder. It is a must see!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Thiel on October 5, 2011
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I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, so was very interested in this movie. It takes you back to the migration of the Willy and Martin Handcart companies as they trek to the Salt Lake Valley. This movie was realistically done. You can see the suffering of the pioneers as they are nearly starving, losing loved ones, and dealing with the frigid conditions. The acting was quite good, and believable. And the miracles you witness really did happen. It's a very worthwhile move.
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