Rose Hill (film)

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Rose Hill
Rose Hill (film).jpg
Official poster
Directed by Christopher Cain
Produced by
Screenplay by Earl W. Wallace
Based on For the Roses 
by Julie Garwood
Music by Steve Dorff
Cinematography Willy Kurant
Edited by Sabrina Plisco
Distributed by
Release dates
  • April 20, 1997 (1997-04-20)
Running time
99 minutes
Language English

Rose Hill is a 1997 Hallmark Hall of Fame television Western film, directed by Christopher Cain, written by Earl W. Wallace, and starring Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey D. Sams, Vera Farmiga, Justin Chambers, and Zak Orth. The film is based on Julie Garwood's 1995 novel For the Roses. The film originally premiered on the CBS network on April 20, 1997.


Four Boston street urchins adopt a young infant that they discovered in a wagon when they made their escape from the police. They named the baby girl Mary Rose. As they grow up together, the five eventually settle in Blue Belle, Montana. In Blue Belle, Mary Rose and her four brothers (Adam, Cole, Douglas, and Travis) have a free-range cattle farm by the name of Rose Hill near a lake. There, Mary Rose grows up and longs to find her real family, as well as learn about her true identity.




The film was directed by Christopher Cain and was written by Earl W. Wallace who adapted the screenplay from the Claybornes of Rose Hill novels, which were written by author Julie Garwood. This film is based on the first novel in Garwood's series, For the Roses. It premiered on CBS on April 20, 1997 in the United States, as was distributed by Hallmark Home Entertainment.[1]


Principal photography took place in Calgary, Alberta, Longview, Alberta and Montreal, Quebec in Canada.[2]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
1998 Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing Rose Hill Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance – Young Ensemble Kevin Zegers, David Klein, Blair Slater, Michael Alexander Jackson Nominated
Best Performance – Young Actress Age 10 or Under Courtney Chase Nominated

Differences from novels[edit]

  • Adam marries
  • Cole is killed
  • Douglas and Travis leave the ranch in search of their independent fortunes
  • There is no correspondence between the siblings and Mary Rose
  • Harrison is Mary Rose's brother
  • Mary Rose's father lives in New York


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