Sacrifices of the Heart (working title Spring Thaw) is a 2007 television film starring Melissa Gilbert and Ken Howard that aired on Hallmark Channel in 2007. The film is made from a script by Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald Reagan.
Katelyn 'Kate' Weston, a country girl who became a lawyer and joined an L.A. law firm years ago, specializes in defending minors having committed violent crimes who nobody else takes on. She gradually got estranged from her family, but then her older brother Ryan asks her to return to the farm he runs with their dad Thane who has become impossibly absentminded. By the time he is formally diagnosed with serious Alzheimer, she realizes how badly she really knew her family, having ran from her past after the trauma of witnessing her mother's suicide at age seven, and tries to talk it trough with Ryan and dad while he still has lucid moments.
Katelyn Kate Weston (Melissa Gilbert) is a lawyer who is estranged from her family. Her older brother Ryan (Cyril OReilly) asks her to return to the farm he runs with their dad Thane (Ken Howard), who has become increasingly absentminded. By the time he is formally diagnosed with serious Alzheimers disease, Kate realizes how much she doesnt know her family, having run from her past after the trauma of witnessing her mothers suicide at age seven. She decides to spend the remainder or her fathers lucid moments reconciling with him and learning the things she never knew about her own family.
Melissa Gilbert as Kate Weston/Anne Weston
Ken Howard as Thane Weston
Cyril OReilly as Ryan Weston
The premiere of Sacrifices of the Heart earned the top spot as ad-supported cables highest-rated movie of the day on Saturday, March 3, 9-11 p.m., ET/PT. The movie delivered a 2.3 household rating with 1.8 million households and nearly 3.2 million unduplicated viewers (P2+). The film won the time period among household and ranked in the top 10 in key adult and women demo ratings. The movie also ranked as the fourth highest-rated movie of the week on ad-supported cable. This performance is especially notable since the original movie outperformed blockbuster feature films on other top 10 cable networks.
Melissa Gilbert appears in Sacrifices of the Heart and Thicker than Water. Melissa Gilbert and Cyril OReilly appear in Sacrifices of the Heart and Splendor in the Grass. David S Cass Sr directed both. Melissa Gilbert appears in Sacrifices of the Heart and Family Secrets. Melissa Gilbert appears in Sacrifices of the Heart and Switched at Birth.
"Family Approved" Seal
On April 4, 2007, the film was awarded The Dove Foundations "Family Approved" Seal. The award is given to movies, DVDs, made-for-TV films and other entertainment programs which portray and encourage positive values. The Dove Foundation lauded the film as handling serious issues in a respectable manner, and that "its a movie that gets to the heart of family relationships and what families are all about."