Release Date: November 19th, 2013
Total Running Time: 89 minutes
Michael Landon Jr. – Director: Michael Landon Jr., son of the late television legend Michael Landon, has been in the film business for over 25 years. With two of the highest rated films in the history of the Hallmark channel, and several top ten releases targeted to the Christian market, Michael has become known for creating heartfelt, inspiring films that connect to the family. He has developed and/or produced, directed, and written screenplays for Fox, CBS, NBC, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, and others.
When Calls the Heart is a beautiful, heartwarming Hallmark movie directed by Michael Landon, Jr., based on the book by Janette Oke (my mother-in-law's favorite author). It is the story of a 22 year old cultured and pampered young teacher in 1910, Elizabeth Thatcher, who received her first teaching post in a coal mining town in the Western Frontier. She struggles with her fears and doubts but at the same time desperately wants to prove to her family that she could survive on her own. Her sister, Julie, doesn't make it any easier, either. The discovery of her aunt's secret diary helps unlock Elizabeth's own courage and determination to leave the comfort of her home and face the adventures and obstacles ahead. Her aunt (also named Elizabeth) was a teacher in a prairie town who had her own struggles and fell in love with a Royal Canadian Mountie. Using her aunt's diary as her guide, inspiration, and encouragement, the young Elizabeth took a step of faith to follow her dream, escorted by Edward, a Royal Canadian Mountie who is her childhood friend.
I enjoyed the movie and I'm glad that it is made into a television series (coming out in 2014). I really like the old-fashioned love story that involves chivalry and gentlemanliness :). The movie is also about overcoming fears, seeing purpose of pain and hardship, trusting God, using your God-given gifts to make a difference in the world, and discovering that "assuming" is to be avoided. Remarkable performances by the cast. Elegant and graceful costumes (modest, too). The special features on the DVD include cool deleted scenes, trailer, and exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie. Check out this wonderful family film!