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Love Comes Softly (2003)

Katherine Heigl , Dale Midkiff , Michael Landon Jr.  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff, Corbin Bernsen, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Theresa Russell
  • Directors: Michael Landon Jr.
  • Writers: Michael Landon Jr., Cindy Kelley, Janette Oke
  • Producers: Brian Gordon, Faye Schwab, H. Daniel Gross, Kevin Bocarde
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IKSFM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,251 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love Comes Softly" on IMDb

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  • Includes widescreen anamorphic and full-screen versions

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Writer/director Michael Landon Jr. continues in his famous father's footsteps by creating moral family entertainment set in the early days of the American prairie. Stubborn Marty Claridge (Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy) travels west with her new husband--but after they find a beautiful patch of land, her husband dies in an accident before they've even started building. A man named Clark (Dale Midkiff, Air Bud: World Pup) makes a proposal: If Marty will enter into a platonic marriage with him, he'll pay for her passage back east in the spring. What Clark needs is a mother, however temporary, for his willful tomboy daughter Missie (Skye McCole Bartusiak, Beyond the Prairie, Part 2). Missie fights Marty's presence fiercely while Clark, though supportive, speaks few words, and Marty suspects she's made a terrible mistake--but time reveals otherwise. Love Comes Softly, based on the popular Christian novel by Janette Oke, is a romance, but Landon carefully avoids any bodice-ripping histrionics. Problems get solved perhaps a little too easily, but the movie is cleanly written, pleasantly understated, and respectful to its characters. For many viewers, Love Comes Softly will be a welcome change from overheated secular love stories. --Bret Fetzer

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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) travel west in search of new opportunity. But when tragedy strikes and Marty is suddenly widowed, the young woman must face the rugged terrain, bleak weather, and life among strangers-alone. That is until a handsome widower named Clark Davis ( Dale Midkiff) suggests a platonic "marriage of convenience" until Marty can return home. As the months pass, through, Marty and Clark discover an unexpected new love where there was once only loss.

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227 of 234 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God Works in Mysterious Ways August 20, 2005
"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."
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love comes softly, September 20, 2004
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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.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does justice to Janette Oke November 10, 2004
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When I was a child, my grandmother gave me a book by Janette Oke named "Love Comes Softly". This began a shared love for her stories. When each new book came out, we would read it and call each other up so we could talk about it. We both agreed that her stories are full of memorable characters that you instantly fall in love with and relate to. When I saw this movie on the shelf at Blockbuster I almost fell over because I was so excited. When I watched it, I became even more elated. The movie is well acted and true to the book it was based on. Even more rare in films these days, it depicts the Christian faith without falling into stereotyping, prejudice or creating one-dimensional characters. My only criticism would be, it was TOO SHORT! And my only disappointment is that my grandmother is no longer on this earth to enjoy it too.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm Family Film January 24, 2006
Since substantive TV shows such as Christy, Little House on the Prairie and Touched by an Angel no longer exist, there aren't many options for family oriented viewing. This warm and wonderful film from Hallmark Entertainment and Faith and Values Media is a huge exception. Based on a book by Janette Oke and adapted to film by Cindy Kelley and Michael Landon Jr., who also directed, this film fills the void left on television now that the aforementioned have passed into TV heaven.

Beautifully shot by James Wren in various areas of California, it is warm and touching, and has humor as well. It seems to be nothing special for the first 15 minutes or so, but becomes much more as time goes by. Sometimes love is not fireworks, but something that comes softly, and that exact statement from this Hallmark presentation could be said to apply to the film itself. This is a film the entire family can enjoy, but it also has substance and an important message given in a quiet and unobtrusive manner.

Katherine Heigl is terrific as the young bride, Marty, heading west with her new husband to make a life. She has brought her books and dresses to remind her of the culture she is leaving behind. A world of opportunity is in front of the young couple until a tragic accident takes the life of her husband before their dreams together can be realized. Dale Midkiff is also quite good as the young widower, Clark, with a daughter in need of more than her father can provide for her. Clark strikes a bargain with the heartbroken Marty and a marriage of convenience ensues. In the spring, Marty will return to her home back east at Clark's expense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story!
The first in the series, and our favorite! Good movie!
Published 2 days ago by MorningPerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie!! I'm gonna get the audio books soon
Published 3 days ago by Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable family entertainment
This was the first of a long and maybe still ongoing series of Christian historical dramas ... the first is probably the best. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Bronx Book Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars And now for one thing
The only bad thing about this dvd is that it had no cover art on the top side of the dvd. It takes guess work to figure out the side to place downward on the bd dvd player tray.
Published 9 days ago by Badlife
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Love this movie.
Published 15 days ago by Terita Pitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story
Published 17 days ago by rebecca dilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Excellent Family Night Movies
Words cannot express how wonderful this series of movies are to me. I discovered Jeanette Oke the author of these books and I couldn't put them down, then they came out with VHS,... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Miwintee
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Lovely Love story.
Published 23 days ago by Michael J. Marshan
5.0 out of 5 stars What a good movie.
This movie is a heart harming movie everyone should see . You watch it once it will draw your attention to watch it twice. What a good movie.
Published 1 month ago by Ericka Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great movie I highly recommend it.
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I don't think it is exactly mentioned--at least not in the books that I have read. (I actually think this might have been intentional.) There are a lot of details that, put together, might lead to a conclusion. Going on the accents, I'd say the southern Midwest to Appalachia. Given Ms. Oake's... Read More
May 30, 2007 by A Little Bit of Everything |  See all 6 posts
The majority of DVDs have closed captions, but check anyway. Not so with videotapes.
Jul 16, 2011 by Grizzly Bear Mom |  See all 2 posts
Where was the movie shot?
I believe California.
May 30, 2007 by A Little Bit of Everything |  See all 2 posts
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