When Calls the Heart
Leaving her father behind in Toronto, plucky schoolteacher Elizabeth Thatcher takes her chances shaping young minds on the sparsely populated Alberta prairie. She prepared for hardship and adventure, but she never expected to find love. Director Michael Landon Jr. also penned the script to this sweeping drama based on the novel by Janette Oke.
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- Michael Landon Jr.
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
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 When Calls the Heart is a historical drama based on faith-based author Janette Oke's bestselling book series about the Canadian frontier. Both central characters are stellar role models, high in integrity, compassion, and faith and are unwilling to let others' expectations decide their fate. The leisurely pace might lose the attention of younger kids, but, if you can get yours to watch, it's a beautiful story with roots in relationships, self-empowerment, and the enduring power of love. Aside from a tense encounter with armed robbers and a few other reminders of the harsh frontier life -- including mention of the death of a young boy -- there's nothing to fear in sharing this story with the whole family.
- One scene shows a stagecoach robbery at gunpoint, and the perpetrators threaten the riders with knives.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- The story centers on two 19th-century women who heed callings as teachers in rigorous frontier life and discover inner strength they didn't know they had. Faith is a recurring theme: faith in God's infallible plan, faith in one's niche within that plan, and faith in the value of other people, regardless of their status or past wrongs. Forgiveness, respect, and compassion are revisited time and again. The story touches on the harshness of life in that time and place, including mention of a mine explosion that killed most of the men in a town and a reference to the death of a young character.
- The show is based on a series of books by Janette Oke.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Rarely adults smoke or drink in keeping with the traditions of the time, but it doesn't play a role in the story.
- 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