Friday, September 11, 2009

Mail Order Bride


Mail Order Bride:

Hallmark Channel Movie starring Daphne Zuniga (Melrose Place), Greg Evigan (My Two Dads), and Cameron Bancroft (Little House on the Prairie Mini-Series).


Daphne Zuniga ... Diana McQueen
Greg Evigan .... Tom Rourke
Cameron Bancroft ... Beau Canfield
Vincent Gale ... Ghost
Patrick Currie ... Father Kelly
Tom Heaton ... Willy


from Hallmark-

Diana McQueen (Daphne Zuniga) has been working, against her will, for Boston conman Tom Rourke (Greg Evigan) since she was 12 years old, running scams, stealing and lying.

Diana's friend Jen, ill with tuberculosis, has been corresponding with Beau Canfield (Cameron Bancroft), a Wyoming Rancher she's never met, but plans to marry. When Jen dies, Diana seizes the opportunity to start her life over by stealing Rourke's money. Pretending to be Jen, she moves out west to marry Beau.

As Beau battles against the local Cattleman's Association, Diana falls back on her old ways, and jumps at the chance to get enough cash to run away again. Just when Beau figures out who Diana really is, Rourke discovers where she is hiding, and the ensuing showdown turns the whole town upside-down and changes the future for all of them.

Movie Review:

Welcome to... The Wild West!

Though I liked all of the main characters in this movie as actors... I must admit I was extremely disappointed in this script. I had such high hopes for it because I love Pioneer Style Movies like the Love Comes Softly Series, but this did not share the same trueness to the era.

Much of the dialogue did not seem true to the pioneer time of this story. Diana McQueen's low cut dresses did not seem appropriate, either. I was also taken aback by the suggestive talk between Diana and Beau. They were a bit too friendly and were later in bed together - though he was not well, they seemed to be inappropriately (as they were not married) sharing affection there.

Also, there is language and gun violence, much like other western movies.

Unlike most Hallmark Movies, this is Not a Family Film.

See or Skip:

If you are expecting Little House on the Prairie, then you should skip this one.

It is filled with cursing, gambling, gun-fighting, and sexual innuedos. 

However, it is a Hallmark Channel Movie, so it is definitely Not Rated "R", but perhaps - PG-13.

It's more of a Steamy Romance Western... Not at all - Love Comes Softly.



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