Love Comes Softly
|Love Comes Softly|
|Directed by||Michael Landon Jr.|
|Produced by||Kevin Bocarde
|Written by||Cindy Kelly
Michael Landon Jr.
Skye McCole Bartusiak
|Music by||William Ashford
|Editing by||Colleen Halsey|
|Original channel||Hallmark Channel|
|Release date||April 13, 2003|
|Running time||88 min.|
|Preceded by||Love's Everlasting Courage|
|Followed by||Love's Enduring Promise|
Love Comes Softly is a 2003 Christian drama television movie set in the 19th century, based on a series of books by Janette Oke. It originally aired on Hallmark Channel in 2003. It was directed by Michael Landon Jr., and stars Katherine Heigl as a young woman named Marty Claridge.
It is the first in a series of television movies made for Hallmark Channel based on the books and produced for Hallmark by Larry Levinson Productions. The rest of the films to follow are: Love's Enduring Promise (2004), Love's Long Journey (2005), Love's Abiding Joy (2006), Love's Unending Legacy (2007), Love's Unfolding Dream (2007), Love Takes Wing (April 4, 2009), and Love Finds a Home (April 11, 2009), as well as two prequels, Love Begins, Love's Everlasting Courage (both 2011), and Love's Christmas Journey (November 5, 2011).
Marty Claridge (Katherine Heigl) has just moved out to the West with her husband Aaron Claridge (Oliver Macready), who dies in a riding accident shortly after. Marty, expecting her late husband's baby and left with nowhere to go, is in need of a place to stay through the winter. With no other options, she accepts the arrangement offered by widower Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff), who offers to give her a place to stay for the winter and provide her with the fare for the wagon train heading back East in the spring. In exchange, they agree to get married, as he wants her to provide a maternal influence for his young daughter Missie (Skye McCole Bartusiak). The two do not live together as husband and wife but keep separate quarters. Initially, it is not an ideal arrangement for any of them, and at first Marty and Missie do not get along. Marty learns more about "Clark's God" than she ever dreamed, and as the winter season passes, they all start to feel more like a family, and finally Marty and Clark come to realize they're in love, and that Missie has found a new loving mother.
|Katherine Heigl||Marty Claridge|
|Dale Midkiff||Clark Davis|
|Skye McCole Bartusiak||Missie Davis|
|Corbin Bernsen||Ben Graham|
|Theresa Russell||Sarah Graham|
|Oliver Macready||Aaron Claridge|
|Adam Loeffler||Clint Graham|
|Nick Scoggin||Reverend Johnson|
|Rutanya Alda||Wanda Marshall|
|Tiffany Amber Knight||Laura Graham|
|Jaimz Woolvett||Wagon Train Scout|
Differences from the novel
- In the book "Love Comes Softly", Missie is a toddler, turning 2 years old soon after Marty moves in; she is 9 in the movie. Clark and Marty are also older in the film than in the book.
- Marty's husband is named Clem in the novel, Aaron in the film.
- The Grahams have 13 (11 living, 2 deceased) children in the novel. Ben Graham was a widower with 4 children, and Sarah Graham was a widow with 3, one that died at age 7. They then had 6 together, one of which they lost in infancy. This is mentioned in Chapter 11 of the book. In the film, they only have 4: Ben's 2 sons and Sarah's 2 daughters. In the novel, Sarah is only referred to as "Ma Graham" or Mrs. Graham. Laura is Ben's daughter in the novel and Sarah's in the film.
- Marty names her baby Claridge Luke in the book, but he's Aaron Luke in the film.
The following people took home a Camie Award in 2003 for their part in the film:
- Michael Landon Jr. (director/writer)
- Cindy Kelley (writer)
- Janette Oke (original story)
- Larry Levinson (executive producer)
- Robert Halmi Jr. (executive producer)
- Dale Midkiff (actor)
- Katherine Heigl (actress)
- Skye McCole Bartusiak (actress)
In 2004 Dale Midkiff won the Grace Award from MovieGuide for Most Inspirational Television Acting.
- Love Comes Softly Series site at Hallmark Channel
- Love Comes Softly at the Internet Movie Database
- Love Comes Softly at allmovie