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17 Miracles

ages 8+ | 95 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Mormon pioneers travel across the country to start a new life.


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Director: T.C. Christensen

Producer: T.C. Christensen

Cast: Travis Eberhard, Nathan Mitchell, Chantel Flanders, Jasen Wade, Antonio Lexerot, Tomas Kofod, Bailee Johnson

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  • (Female)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    It's a good film about the miracles that Mormon pioneers experienced while traveling across the plains. My only complaint is the flashbacks of the main character in the beginning. They are trying to compare the Mormon handcart pioneers to the ill-fated Donner party, but it's not easy to figure that out. I found them very confusing and needed explaining as to what they were showing at the beginning.

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  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    I approach movies like "17 Miracles" with less criticism than I do movies from Hollywood. This is definitely a story worth telling, but not one that many take interest in. I loved the uplifting themes of honor in the face of extreme suffering, strength in unity, humility, faith, and optimism. TC Christensen's comparison of the Mormon handcart companies' unity and brotherhood versus the fragmentation and subsequent social breakdown of the Donner party was particularly astute and well portrayed. This is a fascinating glimpse into an important part of history that was well-produced and competently portrayed. There were things about "17 Miracles" that I wish were different. There were a couple of annoying fictional characters and stories. The discussion about what decisions were made and why were superficial and one-sided. Comic relief seemed out of place in a movie depicting extreme tragedy. The focus on mystic miracles seemed less compelling (and believable) than the stories of sacrifice, love, and determination I have read in various accounts of the same events. Combining the Martin and Willie companies into one company made it seem less legitimate historically and make a viewer ask what other liberties have been taken with history. Because of a smaller talent pool to cast from, acting is mostly competent, but at times poor. Regardless of its imperfections, this film is definitely worth your time.

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  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie will not win any awards for acting, plot, special effects, or cinematography. It's a very simplistic movie made with the sole purpose of providing cleansed, inspiring anecdotes to an audience that is already quite familiar with the true stories it represents. The script is quite weak in every way except for the (thankfully significant) parts of the movie where narration is taken directly from the journals of actual handcart travelers and recountings of actual events. I was very concerned with the director's choice to promote 'blind faith' over 'faith after doing all that is possible to make the right decision' and with the choice in the movie to essentially poke fun at little people by bringing one along as childish comic relief. All of that said, the later half of the movie was largely comprised of journal entries and very little 'creative input' from the film maker ... and therefore ended up being somewhat inspiring and allowed me to leave the theater feeling at least moderately uplifted. For that reason I label the movie worth your time ... but have to say the movie could have been much improved if it was taken in a more serious and less "primary kid" simplistic vein.

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  • KSL Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    T.C. Christensen's new film "17 Miracles" brings the story of the Willie Handcart Company to life in a most unique and touching way. There is no way to downplay the deprivations, and that's certainly not the intent of the filmmakers. But to emphasize the courage and the miracles that lead to the survival of so many is refreshing and inspiring.

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    I love this movie, however, its one I actually cry throughout the whole movie. I recently just rewatched with my kids and while they didn't understand everything, they definitely understood the spirit of it all. Definitely recommend it- especially for FHE.

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  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I didn't like this movie. It dealt with a lot of hard themes that would not be appropriate for a younger audience -- and might need explaining for teenagers who have questions. I left feeling gross and depressed. I did appreciate the portrayal of the faith and love for God. Probably won't ever watch it again.

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  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    T.C. Christensen masterfully weaves true stories into an incredibly moving film that leaves you grateful for the pioneers and for the miracles of everyday life.

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  • (Male)

    ages 10+ |

    This movie is tailored to a specific religious crowd but definitely does its job to make that crowd grateful for their heritage and the sacrifices people made for their religious beliefs. The portrayal of the miracles is powerful and inspirational. This movie, although not a summer blockbuster, does good at utilizing the talent and resources it had and definitely has the ability to strengthen the faith of those that watch it. There are some mature scenes dealing with death and tragedy but I don't remember those scenes as being extremely graphic. I think a parent could explain to a 10 year old quite well why those scenes are in there.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    As a film with a small budget, the story and talented people carried this film. I credit the director, TC Christensen, Jasen Wade and others for producing an inspiring and thought-provoking movie. I came away feeling grateful for the blessings in my life and appreciation for a noble heritage.

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  • (Male)

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Not the most incredible acting or production, but the film does a very nice job in depicting the trials, hardships and sacrifice of the Mormon handcart companies using the Martin Company as the focal point. It is worth watching with your family.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I saw this with my brother and we both bawled like babies. Beautifully filmed and well acted by some terrific local (Utah) actors. But the story is what inspires. Reminiscent of the Payne/Perry/Arrington musical Trail of Dreams, it weaves numerous personal stories together to tell the Willy/Martin Handcart story through the remarkable miracles that made what was a tragic time, one of the great inspirational events of LDS history.

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  • (Male)

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Awesome movie! Probably the best Mormon-themed movie ever made. Well worth the time and money to watch. An absolute must for LDS families.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I'm befuddled by the rating. deaths, deaths, and more deaths. What really tipped it for me was a brief scene in which they show multiple frozen corpses lying together on the ground. Other than this, the movie is the most accurate portrayal to-date of the sufferings and faith of the Willie and Martin Handcart companies. This is a must-see for all Latter-day-saints 12 and older, and for anyone connected by ancestors to this group of spiritual giants.

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  • ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    A wonderful film, it greatly portrays the struggles and hardships suffered by the early pioneers. A real must see!

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  • ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Very uplifting movie. Good story, good use of humor, good acting

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  • ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    loved it

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  • ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    I took my small children. They had no problem with this movie, although the wolves at times could probably be quite frightening to some kids I imagine. My little 2 year old only could stand the first 40 minutes or so, then wanted to "explore" instead. Loved this movie! I will be buying it for sure. One of the best "church" movies ever made. Top 5 for sure.

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Excellent movie, so much to ponder after watching, amazing how much humans can endure for our God!

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Very inspiring great story of sacrifice and dedication.

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  • (Male)

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    Whether you believe in miracles or not, the lessons this story teaches about Love and Loyalty are priceless! The factual vignettes that come right before the end credits may be the most compelling of all.

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  • ages 6+ | Worth Your Time

    Wonderful and heart warming. Quality along the lines of Saints and Soldiers. A film for families. Very memorable and highly recommended. Bring tissues and try to harness your emotions. Okay, I'm a guy and a softy but still...

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  • ages 4+ | Worth Your Time

    Very uplifting and clean.

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  • ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Seems appropriate. Mature themes. Might be sad for younger children. Uplifting for teenagers.

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  • ages 4+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Generic, bland...

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Well done and enjoyable to watch other than seeing the people suffer the way they did is hard to endure.

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  • ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Wonderful protrayal of the faith of the pioneers. I loved that they told about what happened to some of the characters. Beautiful song at the end, too, kind of a feeling of leaving church.

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    It will be uplifting and a message full of good examples of hope and belief in God. Definitely worth two hours of my time :)

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Okfor ages12+