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Miracle in the Woods (1997)

Meredith Baxter , Anna Chlumsky , Arthur A. Seidelman  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meredith Baxter, Anna Chlumsky, Patricia Heaton, Della Reese
  • Directors: Arthur A. Seidelman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N2HD7I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,689 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Della Reese, Patricia Heaton, and Meredith Baxter star in this powerful drama of reconciliation and redemption of 2 sisters and an elderly woman haunted by her past. Also included is A Love Story In Time - from the TV series It's a Miracle comes the incre

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soul-searching Drama that We All Need July 12, 2007
By F. Bank
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I really have never heard of this movie before but it caught my eye, while reviewing selections. This soul-searching story gets to the heart of what life is really all about. We don't need money and material things to be truly happy, which some eventially come to realize in this story. All of us really need what this wonderful story teaches us; that life is too precious and too short to waste it on bitterness, regret, and selfishness. Forgiveness is a powerful and wonderful emotion in the journey of life. And love and faith will conquer all.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful movie! May 18, 2006
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I agree with the previous reviewer. Meridith Baxter gave a fine performance but I also think Della Reese was wonderful. I think I was more drawn to her character and the devotion she had to her son, never giving up her hope of finding him. I thought it was a beautiful movie. If you like movies dealing with family issues, this is one you should definitely see.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the whole family August 30, 2006
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This movie falls under the category of what most people call a 'chick flick', but if you like family-oriented movies, then you'll enjoy this one whether you are a man or a woman. This is a wonderfully-done tale of reconciliation and forgiveness within two different families. Yes, the ending is overly predictable, but that's okay because getting there is so rich and rewarding.

The only thing that I didn't like about the movie was the horribly fake Southern accents that Meredith Baxter and Patricia Heaton used. It's too bad that most people probably think of these two actresses as their characters Elise Keaton and Deborah Barone - those phony accents will likely make you cringe at first if you think of these two characters they played. I got past this little flaw quickly though, and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. An added plus is the fact that it has zero sex or profanity (in spite of the antagonism between some of the characters - see, Hollywood, it can be done!!).

ADDENDUM: If you enjoy movies with plotlines such as this one, then you may also want to take a look at "A Family Thing" and "Waterproof"; these two movies are, in my opinion, even better than "Miracle in the Woods" (although "A Family Thing" is one of those unfortunate examples of a well-done movie that is marred by needless profanity; "Waterproof," made by a Christian film company, is a safer choice for family viewing).
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, [error in product description above!] February 7, 2006
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[You got Wanda and Sarah's names backwards in the product description.]

What impressed me in this movie was Meredith Baxter's performance. Family Ties was a fun show and all that, but let's face it, Michael J. Fox MADE the show. :-) Meredith Baxter makes you HATE her character. When an actor can make you HATE them you know they are doing a good job. [what about Tim Roth in Rob Roy!]

Meredith's character SARAH wants to sell the property out from under the Black Woman who has lived there for 50 years (Della Reese). Sarah lies and deceives but still doesn't get her way.

The movie also gives an interesting look at a woman's life of 50 years ago, when women didn't have the choices they have today!

I DO recommend this movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE MOVIE December 18, 2007
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THIS MOVIE HAS A NICE STORY LINE, HAS GREAT HUMAN INTRESTS, NICE PLOT AND IS VERY TOUCHING---------KEEP TISSUE HANDY.

JOHN BOOZER
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woodland secrets unfold in family-style entertainment. February 9, 2011
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The "Miracle in the Woods" is a family drama that holds your interest until the very end. A hint of mystery stirs the trees around a little cabin in the woods. The cabin dweller, played by Della Reese, holds the answers. Della's character has some memory loss but flashbacks bring past troubles to full circle, in the end. I thought that all the actors did a fine job and the story was one that I will never forget. The ending has some inspirational surprises that I never saw coming. I just love it when you can not figure out exactly where the story is going to take you. I recommend you buy this one and take your family on a cinematic walk in the woods.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tear Jerker February 27, 2009
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I cried and cried...I loved this movie! It was safe for the whole family to watch!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful but emotionally over the top June 22, 2007
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This is a movie for sons who lost their mothers, sons who miss their mothers, mothers who miss their sons or lost a son, or anyone who loves having his/her guts ripped out. It's a extraordinarily well-acted and directed story about a young black mother whose son was taken from her when small. Without giving away the ending, it will leave mothers and lost children sobbing. More than a movie, it's an experience. The theme is the amazing love of mothers for their children. Marvelously done. I gave it four stars rather than five only because it's such an extreme tear-jerker.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another great movie i watched once and i knew i wanted it
Published 25 days ago by tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching movie
Very lovely and hard to find movie. Can of old. But i enjoys it everytime that I gets a chance to watch it.
Published 4 months ago by Jean B. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle in the woods
Very good story line - good acting from all the people involved....and a great ending. That's what I enjoyed about this one. My husband enjoyed it as well.
Published 6 months ago by Judith P. Arndt
4.0 out of 5 stars Miracle in the woods
The movie arrived on time and came in excellent condition. I have not watched the movie yet so I can not give a full detailed review.
Published 7 months ago by yolanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Miracle. In the woods
This movie is awesome . all actors was wonderful but I think it could off ended a little. better . Is there a pt 2 ?
Published 13 months ago by Litl Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Video that Merits Revisiting
Loved all of the actors' roles in the story upon original view on Lifetime...
The video let me know just how sentimental I am.
Published 14 months ago by John R. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle in the Woods
I really like movies with Della Reese. It is a feel good movie and everyone grew from their experience of the farm and knowing Della. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Grace E. Overstreet
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle in the Woods to me was a very good movie,I just love all of...
her in the sitcom show Sanford and Son.I watch his reruns a lot.She is a very talent actor.Thank You for this movie.
Published 14 months ago by d1z3
3.0 out of 5 stars It was all right
I thought this film was one of those "slice of life" films where you don't really know what happened before the slice or what happens after, and just leaves alot of questions... Read more
Published 14 months ago by susannah
5.0 out of 5 stars My review
I am very please with my purchase. This was screened on tv a while ago, but I missed the first hour or so. I wanted to see it from the beginning. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kym Rohlf
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