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A Father's Choice 2011 NR

(31) IMDb 6.1/10
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INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY...Charlie "Mac" McClain (Peter Strauss) is a cowboy training for his comeback on the rodeo circuit. His life is turned upside down when his two daughters, Kelly (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Chris (Yvonne Zima), are temporarily sent to live with him. Traumatized by their Mother's death, the girls are shocked by the rustic lifestyle that this stranger - their father - impose

Starring:
Peter Strauss, Mary McDonnell
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Irish Lady on October 29, 2009
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Been looking for this movie for a while. I'm so glad I can find these "hard to find" movies on Amazon. The whole family saw this a couple times before I decided to look for it. I should say it has to touch some place in the heart when two 20-something men/boys actually tell Mom to find it. It's really nice that there are still movies out there with no gunfire, excessive swearing and show some family togetherness. I liked how emotional distance is bridged as the two girls start to see their father through kinder eyes than through those of the bitter aunt and her family. Sure, some of both girls acting is immature, but the meanings and feelings do translate. I also love just about any movie that Mary McDonnell is in. Give this movie a hearty hurrah!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Ryan on December 8, 2009
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I really enjoyed this movie - it's a modern tale of a marriage gone wrong and when the parents split up the father misses out on the joy of being an equal partner in the raising of his children. A word of caution, the scene at the start of the movie where the mother is brutally shot would be very disturbing for young children. I watched this with my ten year old niece and she was quite upset by it - particularly as the movie is based on a true story. Lovely to see the relationship develop between the two young girls and their estranged Dad and the realisation on the part of the girls that you don't need to live in a big house and have fancy clothes and gadgets to be happy!! Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Huntington on April 12, 2010
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I just purchased this DVD but have watched it several time. Peter Strauss played the abscent father of two girls the youngest having seen the murder of her Mother.They have to give up a rich life style to live on a ranch where their father is just a Rodeo cowboy. With the help of Mary McDonnel, a case worker from child services, he fights a wealthy Aunt and the ones who are investigating their Mom's death to keep his girls but must first win the girls. It is a must see. Good clean movie for the family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Bremer on March 9, 2010
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This was an excellent DVD. For young children the initial scene may be considered slightly violent. The story is from a true life story and the acting was good. It was not a high action DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Chadwick on January 23, 2014
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Good story well done. Plus my best friend was the witness protection program person. AND even better -- DNA not available then solved the murder -- what movie couldn't show was everyone suspected the grandfather ( a hotshot lawyer who thought he could outsmart)
but no proof then w/o DNA. The grandfather (step) was SENTENCED last Feb -- is in prison now YES! Old but finally caught. The father cowboy died of cancer. They should make a follow up movie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig D. on February 15, 2012
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First, in the Family Feature version of this movie, all the spoken d*mn's, visual of Jessie falling after being shot, and the bar fight and arrest of Charlie were removed. I suppose this was to get the straight "G" rating. One thing they could not remove, though, was the underlying theme that Jessie and her two girls were living in the same house with Jessie's fiance while still unmarried. (This might be offensive to some.) Beyond that, the movie shows real emotional struggles between a macho cowboy who has no clue how to relate to his two daughters and those spoiled city girls who have just lost their mother and been moved to a world that they have never seen before. Charlie comes to realize what is important in life, though, and comes through with heroic commitment to and love for his daughters. The movie has some very moving scenes of father/daughter reconciliation.
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By J. Wiese on September 2, 2013
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This is a must see movie for everyone. It's the story of a father fighting to raise his two girls and keep them grounded. One of the best movies I've seen in a long time.
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A great family movie everyone needs ta see, especially if your a family man. You never know if ya sometime may but hope ya don't end up in this predicament.
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