Good Movies & Music
Based on the Book
Hallmark Hall of Fame Adaptations of Popular Novels
Lessons - (Anne Tyler)
James Garner and Joanne Woodward star as a middle-aged
couple on their way to a wedding in this endearing, comic
with Fate - (Susan Vreeland, Girl
in Hyacinth Blue)
Eight linked stories follow the lives of various owners
of a 17th century Vermeer painting that disappeared during
World War II.
and Cate - (Christina Bartolomeo, Cupid
A bittersweet romance featuring Mary-Louise Parker as the
owner of a vintage clothing boutique, who attempts to reconcile
her love life and a strained relationship with her widowed
Durango - (John B. Keane)
On the eve of World War II, a young Irish farmer begins
an ill-advised adventure in order to win the approval of
the cantankerous Fergus Mullaney, the father of the woman
Echo of Thunder - (Elizabeth Hathorn, Thunderwith)
This story follows the daily struggles of a close-knit
family living in the Australian outback, whose lives have
been disrupted by the arrival of a teenage stepchild.
Foster - (Kaye Gibbons)
Eleven-year-old Ellen, who has survived the sudden death
of her mother and abusive relationships with both her father
and grandmother, searches for a "real" family
to love her.
the Stars Home - (Luanne Rice)
The birth of a genetically imperfect baby alters the lives
of the family members who love her in this touching story
of betrayal and devotion.
Pieces - (Ron Hansen, Atticus)
In this mystery/drama, James Coburn stars as a rancher
who travels to Mexico in order to claim the body of his
estranged son, whom he has been told committed suicide.
Ride Home - (Barbara Esstman, Night
The story of a ranching family that begins to fall apart
after a riding accident causes the death of their teenage
Pioneers! - (Willa Cather, O
Jessica Lange stars in this turn-of-the-century story about
a young woman who inherits the family farm and is eventually
reunited with a past love.
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Painted House - (John Grisham)
A multi-generational family living in small-town Arkansas
is forever changed, and a dangerous secret is revealed,
when two groups of migrant workers settle on their farm.
Maybe - (Anne Tyler)
Seventeen-year-old Ian Bedloe's life changes dramatically
after he informs his older brother Dan about his wife's
Season for Miracles - (Marilyn Pappano)
Two children about to be placed in foster care are kidnapped
by their well-meaning aunt, who finds love in a friendly,
small town at Christmas.
Shell Seekers - (Rosamunde Pilcher)
An English family matriarch (Angela Lansbury) struggles
to mend fences with her three grown children after they
try to convince her to sell a sentimental oil painting.
Dance with the White Dog - (Terry Kay, To
Dance with the White Dog)
Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn star in this uplifting story
about a lonely widower whose life is transformed by the
mysterious arrival of a beautiful, white dog.
Prepared by Debbie Deady, September 2005