GenreFamily Running time1h 27m Initial DVD releaseOctober 7, 2008 LanguageEnglish
WriterPaul W. Cooper, Angela Hunt, Douglas Barr Release dateDecember 8, 2007 (USA) (Faith & Values Media) CastGenie Francis (Peyton Macgruder), Ted McGinley (King), Rick Roberts (Truman), Genelle Williams (Mandi) Similar moviesRelated Douglas Barr movies
The Note is a television movie directed by Douglas Barr and starring Genie Francis and Ted McGinley. The movie aired on Hallmark Channel in December 2007. It is based on the novel by Angela Hunt. It was filmed on location in Hamilton, Ontario.
Newspaper columnist Peyton MacGruder (Genie Francis) finds a note addressed simply to 'T', washed up on shore. It appears to be from the victim of a recent plane crash, and carries a message of hope and forgiveness from a father to his child. MacGruder's readership is down on her column (called "Heart Healer"), and the paper is going to dump it unless she starts to write from the heart. Inspired, MacGruder decides to find the intended recipient of the note, all the while logging her journey through her article. As the mystery unfolds, the note affects each person she contacts significantly.
Genie Francis as Peyton MacGruder
Ted McGinley as Kingston "King" Danville
Rick Roberts as Truman Harris
Genelle Williams as Mandi
Maria Ricossa as Nora
Katie Boland as Christine
Jim Codrington as Reverend Tim Lavery
Heather Hanson as Taylor Quist
Gord Rand as Tanner Walton
Differences from the novel
The book does not take place in the winter time, therefore it is not surrounded by the Christmas holiday.
The book's events take place in Tampa Bay, Florida. In the movie, the events transpire in Middleborough, North Carolina.
In the movie, Katie Boland's character is named Christine. In the book, she's named Lila.
To support the premiere of the film, Hallmark Channel launched a website on October 22, 2007 called www.WhatWouldYouWrite.com, where viewers could submit their own personalized notes to family and friends and answer the question ‘who would you reach out to if you only had a minute?’ The website has since been disconnected.
The Note became Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated film of 2007 and third highest all-time rating.
Movie Room Reviews stated:
The Note is truly a heartwarming tale [sic] that is fun for the whole family. It offers a story with a deep meaning and hidden storyline. It also demonstrates how someone seemingly up against a wall yet continuing to be pushed, can remain resilient.
However, DVD Verdict called it "syrupy", but that fans of other Hallmark Channel-type fare will "find a treasure trove of positivity and middle-aged sexual tension."
Due to the success of the movie for Hallmark Channel, a sequel was made, entitled Taking a Chance on Love, which was written by Douglas Barr. (The Note author Angela Hunt did a novelization of Barr's script.) The original cast returned to reprise their roles.
Another sequel, Notes From the Heart Healer, was broadcast on May 12, 2012.