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The Locket (2002)

Vanessa Redgrave , Chad Willett , Karen Arthur  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vanessa Redgrave, Chad Willett, Marguerite Moreau, Lori Heuring, Lourdes Benedicto
  • Directors: Karen Arthur
  • Writers: Richard Paul Evans, Ron Raley
  • Producers: Brent Shields, Gordon Wolf, Richard Welsh
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089761
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Locket" on IMDb

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Venessa Redgrave, Chad Willett. A young man learns lessons of love through the stories of an older woman who was once in his situation in this remarkable tale. 2003/color/98 min/NR/fullscreen.

Gentle sentiment turns The Locket into an old-fashioned weeper for anyone who loved Driving Miss Daisy. It's not nearly as effective as that 1989 Oscar®-winner, but this Hallmark Hall of Fame production--adapted from the novel by Richard Paul Evans--has similar charms of its own, and its warm-hearted themes of love and compassion offer a welcomed alternative to network sex and violence. After caring for his terminally ill mother, an aspiring medical student named Michael (Chad Willett) works at a nursing home, where an elderly resident (Vanessa Redgrave) teaches him valuable lessons using her own past--and a long-lost love--to illustrate the importance of second chances. Their friendship, and an unexpected court trial, encourages Michael to reconcile with his estranged father (Terry O'Quinn), with the support of his loving fiancée (Marguerite Moreau). No surprises here, but have your Kleenex handy just in case. --Jeff Shannon

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars tear jerker June 26, 2005
By puff
After reading the Locket, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out it had been made into a movie. The story is about a young man, Michael, who after the death of his mother, gets a job at a nursing home and befriends an elderly woman Ester who changes his life for the better and shows him what faith and forgivenss are all about. MIchael has to go through many trials in his young life, but decides to become better, not bitter from them. The book is definitely better, so I would recommend reading it before watching the movie. I also recommend reading the sequel, the Carousel. The movie unfortunately doesn't have nearly all the details and a few minor changes were made.( For instance in the movie Michael's father is alive and he and Michael become friends, but in the book he dies.) I thought the director picked the perfect actors for the role. I cannot imagine someone other than the talented Vanessa Redgrave playing the part of Ester, nor anyone playing the part of sensitive, honest Michael other than the hot Chad Willet.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical heartwarming Hallmark Hall of Fame movie December 1, 2003
This movie, based on Richard Paul Evans' novel, pleasantly exceeded my expectations. Vanessa Redgrave's performance captured the essence of Esther Huish's character. What a heartwarming story line that reminds us of power of love but also the unfortunate dark sides of humanity. I would highly recommend this movie for any Richard Paul Evans fans or Hallmark Hall of Fame movie collectors. I am glad this is movie can be purchased, as I have been searching for it ever since seeing it on television.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Locket March 25, 2008
If you like Richard Paul Evans you won't want to miss this movie, but fair warning keep the hankie handy. This movie stars Vanessa Redgrave as a women in a nursing home who had a deep love once in her life. A young man comes to work in the home, and the two hit it off and become friends and help each other with their "lost" dreams. It is a very moving story, and has much sadness included, but don't worry the ending is a happy one, and Vanessa's characters final wish is carried out for her by her loving friend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie, good acting April 20, 2008
By Susan
This is a really good Hallmark movie if a little sappy at times. I think Vanessa Redgrave- who is always phenomenal- as Esther Huish was a good casting choice. The best parts in the movie are scenes with her and Chad Willet and how she teaches him about love, forgiveness, and never giving up hope. Some of the scenes are a little corny but the movie really speaks volumes about life's important things. It is interesting to see how Chad Willet's character Michael evolves through the movie into someone who can love and be loved and isn't burdened by resentment. Also, I really liked how Ester and Michael's friendship evolves- it doesn't happen all at once which I think is realistic. So overall, a really great feel good movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very touching movie March 6, 2008
By Monkey3
I thought this movie was great! I've read the book, and though the book is better(it usually is) I thought the movie was still very good. It was very well casted with great actors. And the storyline is great. It is definitly a tear jerker. It's such a great story and very touching. It is appropriate for familys to watch together too, although it's not really a kid movie. For those who enjoy high-quality, touching stories, this movie is for you.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very mixed bag May 25, 2006
On the one hand, you have Richard Paul Evans' usual deft deployment of sure-fire heart-tugging material: parents and children, husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends. This is can't miss material (still, it must be said that a lot of moviemakers manage to miss with it anyway). In this movie, they work. It doesn't hurt, of course, that you have a master like Vanessa Redgrave playing one of the major roles.

On the other hand, one could wish that Evans (whose field is Public Relations) had not achieved success so easily when he started. Otherwise, he might have read one or two books on novel-writing and learned the basics. In this movie, the main character's problems are caused by the main character. That would be okay if they were unavoidable or excusable.

But first, the guy wrecks his relationship with the love of his life because her father tells him it's better for her. And this type of moralistic man does the "right" thing no matter how much it hurts other people. He also does not confide in her why he's doing this. It's curious that these two traits of moral rigidity and a nondisclosure that amounts to dishonesty should occur in the same person, yet in life these two are in fact quite often found together. So, at least it's realistic. (That doesn't make it good writing, however.) In fact, he tells her it's best for her. She tells HIM "this is best for me". He totally discounts this. He knows what's best for her better than she does. In other words, he shows himself to be a male chauvinist also.

Then, he does stupid things, viz. not reporting a co-worker whom he overhears beating one of the elderly patients. Then, he does an even stupider thing, after being arrested for murder of this patient, he doesn't tell on her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hallmark winner.... November 22, 2013
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This is another keeper in my Hallmark collection. A great storyline with compassionate characters you can really care about. Great acting by all involved and in my opinion, you will not be disappointed with any aspect of this DVD. Family-friendly and no language or anything to be concerned with, just a good moral lesson and great perspective of honor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie. I haven't watched it in a while
Very good movie. I haven't watched it in a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Locket
I really enjoyed the movie. I'm a true sucker for most of Hallmark movies. I do recommend you see it if you've haven't already.
Published 10 months ago by mickie48
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was a gift to ourselves. Vanessa Redgrave is a great actress' her character is wonderful. We really enjoy watching this movie & will watch it over & over.
Published 10 months ago by Doc
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming movie
This movie is another favorite and although I have seen it many times on Hallmark channel, I purchased it for my Aunt's Birthday and she was so tickled that she finally got to see... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Annette
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I am really into books and movies by this author and was glad to find this on your site - thanks
Published 13 months ago by Linda Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars A tender story of caring for others
I remember seeing this movie when Hallmark first aired it and was pleased to get a copy of my own. My grandson and I watched it recently, appreciating the tenderness shown by the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Janice Mudgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Old people have so much to offer us
I wonderful heart left story. Well acted and good for the entire family - not much entertainment for kids, more adult content.
Published 18 months ago by Joanie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Locket
Very sweet story! Vanessa Redgrave , and Chad Willet, the two leads in this drama both give and excellent performance. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tammy Mcbride
5.0 out of 5 stars I have seen this before but was just replacing the video I have that...
I have seen this movie before on a video I have. I just bought the D VD to replace the now obsolete video. Dot Riffel
Published 21 months ago by drif
5.0 out of 5 stars The Locket
tI really like these kind of movies. There my favorite . The Locket was real good. It kept you wanting it to watch it. The Title is " The Locket"
Published 22 months ago by Donna J. Tangerose
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