Follow the Stars Home
|Follow the Stars Home|
|Directed by||Dick Lowry|
|Written by||Luanne Rice (novel)
|Music by||Mark Adler|
|Edited by||Tod Feuerman|
|Hallmark Hall of Fame|
|Release date(s)||May 6, 2001|
|Running time||103 minutes|
Follow the Stars Home is a 2001 television film directed by Dick Lowry. The film is based upon Luanne Rice's 2000 novel of the same name and was produced for the Hallmark Hall of Fame. Hallmark Channel periodically airs this movie and it could be known as a Hallmark Channel Original Movie.
Brothers David and Mark McCune are both in love with Dianne Parker, their neighbor who has been living with her mother Hannah since the death of her father when she was 17 years old. Although David treats her better, Dianne falls in love with Mark. They soon marry and it does not take long before she finds out she is pregnant. When her doctor announces that her child will have severe genetic abnormalities, Mark advises her to have an abortion. Dianne refuses, however, and Mark leaves her.
Six years later, Dianne is a single mom taking care of her handicapped daughter Julia, with the help of her mother. One day, she meets young Amy Williams, who is growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her father died and her alcoholic mother Tess gets involved with an abusive man, Buddy. Amy, trying to escape from her home life during summer, starts taking care of Julia. They soon befriend each other, which delights Dianne.
One day, Buddy, frustrated by the noise he is making, throws Amy's puppy from a bridge into the water. Amy, determined to save him, jumps after him and lands into the hospital. Child services are contacted and it is decided that Amy is not allowed to live with her mother anymore. Buddy has been arrested and Tess, who still loves Amy a lot, is forced to enter rehab if she ever wants to see her daughter again. In the meantime, Amy is taken in by Dianne.
Tragedy strikes again when she and Amy are hit by a drunk driver. Amy is not hurt, but Dianne is severely wounded. She is visited in the hospital by Mark, who wants a second chance. After questioning his motives for a while, she decides to forgive him. David meets Mark in a diner and leads Mark to believe that Julia doesn't have long to live. Mark then proposes to Dianne and she accepts. As they are talking about their future, she realizes that he is waiting for Julia to die. She breaks it off. In the end, she accepts a proposal from David. Amy and Tess are reconciled.
- Kimberly Williams as Dianne Parker-McCune
- Campbell Scott as David McCune
- Eric Close as Mark McCune
- Alexa Vega as Amy Williams
- Blair Brown as Hannah Parker
- Roxanne Hart as Tess
- Tim Ransom as Buddy
- Amanda and Caitlin Fein as Julia Parker-McCune
- Patricia Belcher as Counselor
- Judith Drake as Admitting Nurse
- Suzy Nakamura as Martha
- Review Summary The New York Times