Mending Fences

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Mending Fences
Genre Drama
Written by Donald Martin
Mitchell Gabourie
Directed by Stephen Bridgewater
Starring Laura Leighton
Angie Dickinson
Shanley Caswell
Theme music composer Tom Strahle
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Kevin Bocarde
Kyle A. Clark
Stephen Niver
Cinematography Dane Peterson
Running time 120 minutes
Production company(s) Larry Levinson Productions
Distributor Hallmark Channel
Release
Original network Hallmark Channel
Original release
  • July 18, 2009 (2009-07-18)[1]

Mending Fences (working titles The View From Here[2] and Prosper's Last Stand[3]) is a television movie that premiered on Hallmark Channel July 18, 2009. The film stars Laura Leighton and Angie Dickinson.[1]

To date this remains Dickinson's final acting role.

Plot[edit]

Kelly Faraday (Laura Leighton) is a television reporter who goes back to her hometown of Prosper, Nevada with her teenage daughter Kamilla (Shanley Caswell). Upon her arrival she finds that the town is in the middle of a drought. Kelly's mother Ruth (Angie Dickinson) must move forward from their estrangement to work together in stopping the casino developments which threaten the town's water supply.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On November 18, 2008, it was announced Laura Leighton and Angie Dickinson were set to star in a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, The View From Here.[2] For Leighton, it was her second Hallmark Channel Original Movie, the first being Daniel's Daughter (2008). She took the role because of the 'humanity' of the story.[4]

Reception[edit]

The film did well for the network on the night of its premiere, ranking as the second-highest-rated ad-supported cable movie of the week with a 1.8 household rating. It garnered over 2 million total viewers and 2.9 million unduplicated viewers.[5]

The New York Times reviewed the film, saying,

This made-for-television movie is plodding and predictable, but Ms. Dickinson is anything but. At 78 she still has an odd and beguiling incongruity — a seductress with an enigmatic, ladylike reserve.[6]

The focus remained on Dickinson's performance, as the review continued, "Even as a cranky, elderly rancher fighting off casino developers, she has feminine allure. There is no mystery to Mending Fences, but Ms. Dickinson adds a little mystique."[6]

Filming locations[edit]

Although the film takes place in Nevada, filming of the ranch took place in Thousand Oaks, California.[7] Other filming took place in and around Santa Ynez, California.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mending Fences Starring Angie Dickinson to Premiere July 18 on Hallmark Channel". iCelebz.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Hallmark Channel Wraps Production on The View From Here". Futon Critic. 
  3. ^ "Checking In With...Angie Dickinson!". Sun Gazette. 
  4. ^ Interview with Laura Leighton about "Mending Fences" Facebook
  5. ^ "Hallmark Channel Press Release-July 21, 2009". Hallmark Channel Press Site. 
  6. ^ a b {{cite news|work=New York Times|title=What to Expect When You’re Lying (and other television reviews)|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/17/arts/television/17labor.html | first=Alessandra | last=Stanley | date=July 17, 2009 | accessdate=May 12, 2010}}
  7. ^ "Mending Fences Microsite/Video section: On Location". HallmarkChannel.com. 
  8. ^ "Hallmark Channel movie filmed in Santa Ynez set to debut Saturday". KSBY.com Channel 6. July 17, 2009. 

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