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Morning Glory


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Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Reeve, Deborah Raffin, Lloyd Bochner, Nina Foch, Helen Shaver
  • Directors: Steven Hilliard Stern
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XJD398
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In Morning Glory, Will Parker (Christopher Reeve) arrives in the small town of Whitney, after spending five years in Huntsville Prison for killing someone in La Grange, Texas. Through an ad in the local paper, Will discovers that Emily (Deborah Raffin), a recently widowed mother of two small boys, is actively looking for a husband and father. Star-crossed loners, Will and Emily decide to make a go of their collective plight and Will moves into the barn on her farm. When a local woman is found murdered, Will is set up to take the fall. Excellent performances by Reeve and Raffin, and standout supporting roles filled by Nina Foch and Lloyd Bochner take this tale of love and redemption up a notch.

Customer Reviews

How love can change two persons lives.
Raihan K. Khan
I loved the book too bad the movie changed so much of the story would have liked it better if it had kept true to the book.
Joyce C. Matthew
A very sweet, good and wholesome love story with no sex or swearing.
Donna117

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By E. Parkinson on February 8, 2008
Format: DVD
A surprising find, one of those rare films that most have never heard of, yet packs the wallop of the best of love stories or Oscar favorites. Deborah Raffin is enchanting, and Reeve was at his physical peak (one of his first films in his post "Superman" era). The film feels a bit like a cross of "Somewhere in Time" and "Old Yeller" as bizarre as that combination might sound! Enjoy!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2002
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Christopher Reeve does a wonderful job in this one.
Set in the early 1940s, Reeve plays an ex-con who spend 5 years in prison for killing a prostitute. He wanders into a small town, searching for work. He answers an add in the newspaper by a woman advertizing for a "husband" to assist her in maintaining her farm and in raising her children. He works on the farm and eventually does marry her.
However, a local lady of questionable virtue takes an interest in him, which he rejects. When she is found murdered, he is arrested for the crime. What follows is a courtroom drama reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird in which the true murderer and the secrets of the town are revealed.
I found one small error in the story. It features a Hank Williams, Sr. song, "Your Cheating Heart," although that song was not released until about 10 years after the date in which the movie is set.
Overall, the film is quite enjoyable, although it does contain some rough language and a couple of sexually suggestive scenes. It is well worth obtaining if you can locate it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Faasse VINE VOICE on March 14, 2008
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I enjoyed the movie though it was a typical ex-con gets framed story. The acting is well done and it was nice to see Christopher Reeve walking and healthy. Takes place when times were hard and people did what they could to survive. Ends well.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gemma on October 28, 2004
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I just finished watching this movie, and I was sadly dissapointed. First off, let me say that I am a HUGE fan of Lavryle Spencer. I own every single one of her books, and have read each one at least twice. (I've read my favorite, Forgiving, at least a dozen times).

Morning Glory was an excellent book, with everything a person could want: real characters, a interesting historical setting, and a captivating plot. The movie, however, didn't feel like it ever "got started". The characters felt flat, and many of my favorite parts from the book were missing. Also, many of the characters were completely changed. For instance, in the book, Will's lawyer was brilliant, if a little unprofessional looking. In the movie, he was perfectly polished.

*Spoiler warning!*

Much of the plot was also changed: In the movie, Lula Peak was having an affair with the sheriff, Reese Goodlow, but in the book, she was carrying on with Harley Overmire. Also, in the book, her murder (by Harley Overmire) made a lot more sense, as she was blackmailing him because she was pregnant with his child. This was completely missing from the movie.

The fact that Will never went to war in the movie really upset me. I think him becoming a war hero developed his character a lot.

Also, when Lula approaches Will in the library, he actually lets her kiss him. In the book, he immediately shoved him away. It made Will seem less of a good man than he is, and made me not like him as much.

Read the book! It's much better.

Final note: the box for this movie give a PG rating. I think it should be at least a PG-13 because of the sexually suggestive scenes.
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50 of 64 people found the following review helpful By D. Bowen on November 17, 2008
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This movie contained an uncomfortable sex scene, which would have been nice to know in the rating.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Bazzett on May 2, 2010
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Both my wife and I had read LaVyrle Spencer's novel, Morning Glory, many years ago, so were pleasantly surprised to see a film version with Christopher Reeve on TV, also quite a few years ago. Since it never seems to show up on TV anymore, we finally bought a copy on DVD and were charmed by the story and the film all over again. My only complaint was that the sound quality of the DVD was rather muffled and distorted, making some of the dialogue difficult to understand. And one other point regarding accuracy: In a seduction scene which featured some momentary nudity (which apparently disturbed some viewers - not me), a Hank Williams record of 'Your Cheatin' Heart' was playing. The storyline, however, was set before and during WWII. That song wasn't written or recorded until the early fifties. Not a big deal, but detracted a bit from the authenticity of the period setting. We still think it quite a beautiful little film. We loved the late Christopher Reeve in it, and now wonder what ever happened to his costar, Deborah Raffin, who was also perfect in this story. - Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, PINHEAD: A LOVE STORY
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful By GradMom on March 27, 2009
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Warning: there are two graphic sex scenes in the movie. I threw the DVD in the trash; I will not watch it again or condone the scenes it by selling it or giving it away to some one else.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Gallagher on November 24, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Talk about a HUGE disappointment. I was THRILLED to hear that they made a movie of my favorite book but the movie is a joke! How can a book and a movie be so totally different? Did the producers of this movie actually read the book first? Did LaVyrle Spencer have any say in it at all? I'd love to see someone else redo the movie based on the actual book this time!
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