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Genre: Drama/Romance
Starring: Ashley Williams, Charlotte Ross, John Corbett
Director: Mike Robe
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007







Languages: English/Portuguese/
Subtitles: English/Portuguese/Thai
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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When wealthy cattleman Jack Mercy dies, he leaves his large Montana ranch to his three daughters - all half-sisters and complete strangers to one another. But it turns out this multimillionaire has one post mortem catch before his fortune can be doled out. According to his will, the three women will only receive their inheritance under one condition: they must live together at the ranch for a full year. The trio expects this forced family reunion won't be a walk in the park, but they don't anticipate a saboteur in their presence who is determined to see them fail. It's up to the three unsuspecting sisters to deal with their father's mess or kiss their inheritance goodbye! This is an unforgettable family tale of fortune, love, mystery and murder.


Nora Roberts is a best selling author whose movies have been made into TV movies (watch out for a series of reviews on our humble website). And with an impressive combined 660 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, over 280 million copies of her books are in print, including 12 million copies, and novels published in 35 countries, you can expect offers of movie adaptations knocking on Roberts’s door.

This story was written in 1996, where Roberts passed the hundred-novel mark. After the death of their father, three sisters are faced with a situation where they must live together on his ranch so that they can inherit the riches left behind. As any good family drama goes, the sisters try to live together despite their differences, and along the way, snag some men and prove to others that they can stay together as a family.

Like many movies based on literary novels, viewers who have read the original book will tell you that the movie does injustice to the writing. But because this reviewer doesn’t exactly read a lot, especially novels of this genre, he finds the 95-minute accessible. It helps that the setting of the picture is in Montana, where the ranches, nature, wildlife and horses are pleasing to the eye. The countryside always soothes the nerves. Girls in cowboy hats and shotguns are a welcoming sight to this male reviewer too.

Ashley Williams, Charlotte Ross and Diane Ladd play the three sisters with a comfortable level of chemistry between them. You may not be familiar with these stars because they their filmography includes mainly TV shows which you are probably unfamiliar with. Having said that, this production is meant to be a TV movie, so do not watch it expecting high production values with striking cinematography and fancy editing. Watch it without much expectation and you’d be pleasantly surprised at how flowing the story is.

Female viewers will applaud this movie for its celebration of sisterhood, true love and all things mushy. Male viewers, on the other hand, may be impatiently tapping their feet while their girlfriends insist on watching it till the minute the end credits roll. Viewers who have read the book will scoff at how predictable this Mike Robe-directed movie is. Viewers who have not will probably be interested to find out why Roberts is such a successful author and pick up the book to read.


There are no extra features on this Code 3 DVD, except for “Trailers” of other Sony releases like The Jane Austen Book Club and The Water Horse: Legends of the Deep.


There is nothing to complain about the disc’s visual transfer, and there are English, Portuguese and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


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. Android Apocalypse

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. The Proposition

. 3 Needles

. Ghost Rider

. The Pursuit of Happyness

. The Illusionist

. Catch & Release


This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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