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This story takes place in Arkansas and is set in September of 1952. The Chandler family owns a farm. They grow cotton and hire both, Mexican migrant workers and Hill people, to pick their crop. The two groups clash when they meet on the Chandler farm. The story is told by 10 year old Luke Chandler. Logan Lerman gave a memorable performance as Luke. The entire cast was good, and we also enjoyed Scott Glenn in the role of Luke's grandfather.
John Grisham's books are always captivating, but this is my favorite. I wish that he would write more stories like this one. It gave us a look at America in a different era when baseball was an American past time and families worked together for a common goal. It also showed the relationship between the farmers and migrant workers who shared the responsibility of harvesting the cotton.
I loved the book and this film really does it justice. A must have for any John Grisham fans.
I do not recommend this movie if you are counting on the quality of a Grisham novel in movie form. Hold off until it is remade with a better budget and higher production values.
also in 3:10 to Yuma, and very good in "The Butterfly Effect", so I took a chance and purchased this family style film
unseen. Apparently, based on reviews of the book on which it is based, this film is very watered down, which is rather
apparent in the fact that not much of interest happens, and there doesn't seem to be any specific goal that the film is
aiming for. It doesn't leave the viewer with much reason for why painting this house is so important. This is not Logan
Lerman's fault, but rather the script writer and the director, who I guess decided that since Hallmark is supposed to be
family friendly, had to remove aspects of the original story. Since I haven't read the book, I can't be sure, but I can say
that this film failed to fully engage me, and I suspect many others will feel similarly. Just so-so.
Trivia: the movie got my curiosity going about that old pickup truck the family had. (For those who also wondered: it was a '38 or '39 Ford.)
The DVD: the usual Hallmark DVD (no captions or subtitles), but it had a few more scenes than the version that was televised by the Hallmark Movie Channel.
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Not as good as the book, but what movie ever is? It was still good.Published 7 months ago by COLTOJ
This is a good break from the law stories that Grisham does - rather than being a legal thriller, this one focuses on real life type situations from this time period and gives a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by renwaldo
I liked the dynamics of the farm family back in the early 1900's and a migrant family that touched their lives.Published 24 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org