Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Heaven's Rain - GMC Movie

MOVIE REVIEW

Heaven's Rain

Network: GMC

Original Air Date: April 22, 2012

*NOTE: THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR CHILDREN OR FAMILY VIEWING. THIS MOVIE IS BASED ON A REAL STORY. CONTAINS VIOLENCE THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH FOR YOUNG VIEWERS.

*THIS MOVIE IS - The Bold, True Story about Former Oklahoma Senator and Victim Rights Advocate Brooks Douglass and His Family. (See plot below)





CAST:

Mike Vogel ... Brooks
Erin Chambers ... Nicole
Taryn Manning ... Leslie
Marilyn McIntyre ... Margaret
Rebecca McCauley ... Jackie
Casey Sander ... Captain Larsen
Joshua Norman ... Prison Guard
Silas Weir Mitchell ... Ake
Brooks Douglass ... Richard
Kelly Curran ... Marilyn
Megan Paul ... Heather
Nicholas Braico ... Child Brooks
Taylor Pigeon ... Child Leslie
Michael Albatross ... Deputy Warden Peterson
Mollie Milligan ... Julie Mitchell
Steve Mokate ... Policeman
Rick Herod ... Senator Thompson
Elizabeth Bate ... Psychic Sonya
Charles Baker ... Hatch
Megan Richardson ... Amazon Mother
David Arca ... Tommy
Samuel Boeck ... Inmate
Nicole Bridges ... News Reporter
Heather Cates ... Family Member
Lorrie Chilcoat
Laurie Cummings ... Senator
Jasmyne Skye Davis ... News Reporter
Payton Dunham ... Inmate
Rick Eager ... Inmate
Bill Flynn ... The Judge
Toni Renae Garrision ... Senator
Mark Adam Goff ... Guard Rufus Egan
Marc Hall ... Newspaper Reporter
Darrell Ray Herman ... Senator
Leah Hoover ... Suzie-Choir Member
Teresa Leach ... Business Woman
Jodie Moore ... Les
Jay North ... News Reporter
Dennis O'Neill ... Bartender Mike
Lisa Robb ... News Reporter
Branden Smith ... Inmate
Rebekah Turner ... Edith Robb
Cassidee Vandalia ... Waitress
Stacy Wall ... News Reporter
Dustin Wilson ... Courtroom member
Sharon Wright ... Bar Patron
Ty Fanning ... Choir Boy
Kristen Stryker ... Restaurant patron
Joshua Winch ... Inmate


PLOT:

from GMC Press Release:

The movie is told through the eyes of Brooks Douglass, who suffered an unthinkable attack when two strangers entered his home and claimed the life of his mother and father who were Baptist missionaries. It was in 1979 when Brooks and his sister Leslie were teenagers that a drug-crazed drifter Glen Ake and his partner Steven Hatch invaded the Douglass’ rural Oklahoma home. Brooks opened the door to what he believed to be a man in need. The men pulled out guns, bound the family, repeatedly assaulted Leslie and shot all four family members. Richard and Marilyn died at the scene. Brooks and Leslie, left for dead, recovered from their severe wounds, but their ordeal had just begun.

As the story flashes back in this intimate family portrait, we see happier times for the Douglass family and a home filled with love, compassion and faith. The story explores the long term effects of the Douglass’ teachings and how the power of forgiveness can triumph injustice, tragedy and loss.

Ake and Hatch were caught, tried and in 1980, sentenced to death. For the next 16 years, however, the suffering rolled on as a legal system created to protect the rights of the accused, required the Douglass children to testify in court and relive the horrific night.

Brooks and Leslie were deeply affected by that traumatic night. They experienced financial challenges and emotional trauma. Leslie fought to put her life back together after the attack. Brooks struggled through high school and college, but eventually regained his footing and became Oklahoma’s youngest state senator. As senator, he passed a series of victims’ rights bills, including the right of victims to view executions.

In Heaven’s Rain, we see Brooks dedicating his life to gaining legal justice for the unjust and releasing himself from the prison of bitterness that had dominated his life and relationships.


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