Miracle at Sage Creek
Sometimes, the most wondrous miracles occur when you least expect them. A solid cast headlines this heartwarming, redemptive tale of two families that struggle to overcome prejudice and tragedy in 1888 Wyoming. Their efforts seem futile until the special titular Christmas miracle saves the life of a small boy. Rance Howard, David Carradine, Billy Drago, Wes Studi and Martin Kove star. James Intveld directs.
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- James Intveld
- DVD and streaming
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this spiritually-oriented drama set at Christmastime includes some standard Western-style violence. There are rifle battles on horseback, one of the boys gets his hand caught in an animal trap, and later, this same boy narrowly avoids being attacked by a snarling coyote. The movie's antagonist, bitter and mourning the murder of his wife by Native Americans, is prejudiced against Native Americans -- even calling the friend of his grandson a "half-breed" -- but through the miracle mentioned in the title, he learns to overcome his hatred and move on from her death. Overall, the film teaches positive lessons about respect for all cultures, the value of friendship, and the importance of family.
- Sexual Content
- A husband and wife are in bed together, fully-clothed, and they hug and briefly kiss.
- Since this is a Western, there are scenes of rifleplay, but compared to most Westerns, the violence is relatively tame, although one minor character is shot to death. Early in the film, the pioneer boy Zach gets his hand caught in an animal trap, and later, he is nearly attacked by a coyote.
- Occasional use of "damned," plus some racially oriented insults: "half-breed."
- Social Behavior
- Strong positive messages about friendship, family, cultural acceptance, and the bond between grandfathers and their sons. The way prayer was used by pioneers and Native Americans is also compared and contrasted.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- In a brief scene, two of the older characters soberly talk while drinking whiskey.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it