Karen Kingsbury’s “The Bridge” Part 1 Hallmark Movie Review

By Ruth on December 5, 2015 in Christmas, Holidays, movie, review, television
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Karen Kingsbury's The Bridge is the sweeping tale of Molly Callens (Findlay) and Ryan Kelly (Nash), two young students who share a profound friendship their first semester in college, a time that becomes the defining moment of their lives. At their favorite bookstore and coffee shop, The Bridge, they spend countless hours studying and inspiring the other to dream their 10-year goal. They bond with the owners of The Bridge, Charlie (McGinley) and Donna Barton (Ford), a couple who designed the bookstore as a place where people can connect and be part of an extended family. Can Molly and Ryan's unspoken love and future dreams survive the expectations of others as to what their lives should ultimately be?

Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge is the sweeping tale of Molly Callens (Findlay) and Ryan Kelly (Nash), two young students who share a profound friendship their first semester in college, a time that becomes the defining moment of their lives. At their favorite bookstore and coffee shop, The Bridge, they spend countless hours studying and inspiring the other to dream their 10-year goal. They bond with the owners of The Bridge, Charlie (McGinley) and Donna Barton (Ford), a couple who designed the bookstore as a place where people can connect and be part of an extended family.

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Although I have not read the beloved book upon which this film is based, I have been greatly anticipating this film for quite some time. After seeing part one, I naturally want to cast every other book aside and hunker down and read the entire book from cover to cover. I expected this to be decent, but it was beyond that. While I cannot speak to whether this version is faithful to the book, I can guarantee that this on all counts, this film will not disappoint.

One other thing to note–the cast for this film is pretty massive for a Hallmark film. I am going to do my best to feature as many of the cast members as I can, but I do apologize in advance for any I overlook.

Nicole G. Leier as Shauna

Nicole G. Leier as Shauna

Had it not been for all the promotion work I did this summer and fall for The Time is Right (a science fiction television series still in the works), I would not know who this ravishing lady is. Finally, I got to see her ability displayed on film, and she is none other than Nicole G. Leier. Although her role is somewhat small as Shauna, her striking features and command of a scene will capture the viewers’ attention. I was pleased to see her, and I can only say that I hope to see more of her in the future as she is not an actress to be forgotten.

Natasha Burnett as Ronnie

Natasha Burnett as Ronnie

Another honorable mention goes to Natasha Burnett, one who has few credits to her name, but she is always beautiful, vivacious and memorable. In this film, she plays the role of Ronnie, and there was no denying who she was the moment I saw her. I highly await the blossoming of her career as there is no doubt, astounding things are in store for this young lady in the near futures–a talent that cannot be ignored.

Steve Bacic as Wade

Steve Bacic as Wade

I couldn’t believe how strenuously I hunted for information about this actor’s role as he is not officially listed in Hallmark’s press releases, but I knew his name (and I knew I recognized him). As Wade, the multi-talented and pleasantly seasoned Steve Bacic lends his talents to this pivotal character. He is rich and incredibly protective of his daughter. He has her life planned out in no uncertain terms, and he will do whatever he feels he must to shield her and keep her best interests at heart.  Steve is impeccably cast as Wade as his imposing character is one of the reasons for the cliffhanger-style ending of this profound and poignant film. No matter what part Steve portrays, he always immerses himself fully in the role with intense credibility. And there is no doubt this role is ideal for an actor of his caliber and stature. Although Wade will be viewed by most as a villain or a bully (even possibly by his daughter, Molly, as played by Katie Findlay), no one can deny the imprint he leaves on this phenomenal film.

Faith Ford, Ted McGinley, Alison Araya Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Faith Ford (Donna), Ted McGinley (charlie), Alison Araya (Edna) Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice’

As one character who makes a special connection with Donna, Alison portrays the tranquil but thoughtful Edna.  She is yet another actress I recognize, and I was not surprised to see Ties That Bind in her list of credits (of course–how did I not recognize her?) as well as The Nine Lives of Christmas. She has a signature smile that irradiates a room, and although this woman appears sober and maybe even withdrawn, there is no disputing Alison’s dynamic ability for portraying characters like Edna, who don’t need to steal the limelight from the major roles, but reverentially present her character in her own way. And in the midst of all the many cast members, she is one that stands out to me so I would say her mission is accomplished.

 Jaime Callica Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Jaime Callica (Luther) Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Another new face to me, but indeed one who will be remembered–Jaime as Luther. While his credits are yet a short list, there is no uncertainty that Jaime will be remembered for this film. As Luther, he is one of the regular visitors to the bookshop, and he certainly merits an honorable mention for his relative comfort when interpreting this role. I am unmistakably looking forward to seeing him again before too long.

Katie Findlay, Wyatt Nash Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Katie Findlay (Molly), Wyatt Nash (Ryan) Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

When one reflects on this movie, this couple will presumably be at the forefront of the viewers’ minds and hearts.  Molly and Ryan are the couple who are attempting to placate their families until they meet each other at college and discover that they have more in common with each other than they dreamed. From the beginning, they just “click,” and as they unveil what lies beyond the surface, they understand that they both crave something different than their families want for them. All their lives, they have satisfied their families, but will they take the plunge and pursue their concealed dreams? Or will they risk losing each other and follow the established norms instated by their respective families?

Katie Findlay, Wyatt Nash Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Katie Findlay, Wyatt Nash Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

As the engaging young couple, Katie and Wyatt are entirely convincing and an absolute joy to watch. Their chemistry has what Hallmark viewers relish–romance, ease, but not overly physical.  The passion they share is demonstrated through their expressive eyes and prudently inviting body language. Their characters are smitten with each other in spite of the odds, but they are circumspect and grappling with what their families will think–especially Molly.  Now, since this is only part one, just be aware that not all questions will be resolved in typical Hallmark fashion.  Be prepared for a bit of an enigma, especially where Molly and Ryan are concerned.

Katie Findlay Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Brendan Meadows

Katie Findlay Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Brendan Meadows

I didn’t know why, but somehow I thought I recognized Katie. It wasn’t until the writing of this review that it dawned on me–Crash Site! She played the daughter of the main couple in that film, and now here she is again portraying the daughter of a wealthy man with high expectations for her, the apple of his eye.  While this role does not produce the highly dramatic moments like the other film I mentioned, Katie is credible, vulnerable, and stunning as Molly, the girl who must decide what she actually craves in life and whether it is worth striving for.  She never appears to be arrogant, flighty, nor caught up in the social scene that her father’s wealth has provided.

Katie Findlay Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Katie Findlay Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

As Molly, she is attempting to discover her inner self and place in this cyclonic world. Moreover, her love life is remarkably complicated as she attempts to make the accurate decision–what her father wants or what she wants. The man whom her father has selected for her is perfect, but not necessarily perfect for her. No spoilers, but I do believe viewers will have to wait until part two to learn what her ultimate choice will be. At least when she is at the Bridge with Ryan, her life tends to make sense.  Too bad she and Ryan cannot remain in that enchanted bookstore forever.

Wyatt Nash Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Brendan Meadows

Wyatt Nash Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Brendan Meadows

As the gifted but somewhat bewildered Ryan, Wyatt brings everything necessary to this role in order for his character to be authentic and divinely handsome. Add to the package the incredible voice Wyatt has, and what girl could resist his charms as Ryan? I found myself completely enthralled by Wyatt’s portrayal, and although he has very little to his credits, I am persuaded that Wyatt has the makings of an actor to whom Hallmark will frequently turn for young leading men.

 Wyatt Nash Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Wyatt Nash Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

And incidentally, I do hope an album comes our way from this skilled guy–I surely would buy it!

Ted McGinley, Faith Ford Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Ted McGinley (Charlie), Faith Ford (Donna) Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Lest the audience forget, this is the couple that is behind the scenes in this story. As Charlie and Donna, Ted and Faith deliver a striking performance that is so impeccable as this caliber is rarely seen in television films (or even on the big screen) today. Within the first five minutes of the film, this couple had me in tears (remember, I didn’t know the story beforehand). My soul was touched by the matchless depiction of this couple who turn tragedy into hope and inspire so many other lives in the process. With this couple, it is the stable and rare beauty of a marital relationship based on trust, selflessness, and compassion that propels the story to its stirring conclusion.

Ted McGinley, Faith Ford Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Ted McGinley, Faith Ford Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Although I do not recall seeing these two in anything else, as I perused their respective resumes, I realized that I had seen them through the years without realizing it. Their experience is vast, and so maybe that is why they both appear familiar, even though I did not know them by name. Indeed, this couple’s story is what often gave me pause and aroused my soul within. Charlie is a true man of faith, and he devotedly attends church. On the other hand, Donna appears to be wrestling with her faith. The magnificent thing to see with this couple is the way Charlie never pressures her to attend church, and no matter what, he is always there for her. While Donna is a bit on the fence, it would seem that as the story unfolds, maybe there will be a hint of her being wooed towards faith as she observes Charlie’s dedication to his God. Because I hold my Christian faith so dear, I was sincerely impelled as I watched this part of the drama unfold between this couple. I so appreciate Hallmark’s dealing with a crisis of belief and the value of faith in everyone’s life in the delicate, straightforward, and unpretentious way they achieved in this film. If only more networks would tackle this issue, I suspect they would find the faith community rallying in support behind them. But for now, I’ll take the nuggets and morsels that Hallmark drops since each one is delicious, uplifting, and overflowing with authenticity.

Faith Ford Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Faith Ford Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Faith consistently gives the kind of performance an established, spirited, and talented actress should be able to present, and she effortlessly immerses herself in every aspect of the long-suffering and tender-hearted Donna. She is continually exploring ways to reach out to others rather than focusing on any personal loss she may have experienced. Although she is at a crossroads where her faith is concerned, at the end of this film, I believe the viewers will revel in Faith’s depiction of her character’s faith journey and the motherly way in which she regards all of her patrons (especially the young couple Molly and Ryan). While Donna may have no children herself, there is no question that her extended family in the Bridge have become as precious to her (if not more so) than any biological offspring she may have been able to bear herself. Faith’s characterization is unerring, emotionally uplifting, and permeated with a simple courage that increases over the course of the story. Witnessing Donna’s faith-filled journey is a treat, especially at this time of year, and when demonstrated through the eyes of a master actress such as Faith, this part of the story indubitably will resonate with every mother who takes the time to watch.

Ted McGinley Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Ted McGinley Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

In Ted’s portrayal of Charlie, the idea of the patient husband is propelled to a completely new level. As much I loved Donna, I probably found myself loving Charlie even more. And that is mainly owing to Ted’s refreshing characterization of the husband who never thinks of his needs, but only the needs of his wife and the patrons of the bookstore. While he is a consistent churchgoer with a steady faith, he never comes across as arrogant, “holier-than-thou,” nor artificial. His faith is one that is serene and potent, but nestled deep within his soul. While he longs for his wife to share this faith, he never pushes, prods, nor nags. He waits for his God to provide opportunities to share his faith and better still, to put it into action. As we all know, love without action is nothing. And one thing that is never lacking in Charlie is love. He seems to have an abundance that colors every single action he takes in the film.

Ted McGinley Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Ted McGinley Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Ted has absolutely mastered the character of Charlie, and I know it is his depiction that causes me to favor this character the way I do. Ted is unusually effortless and authentic in his portrayal of this placid, ingenuous, humble man, and I do believe his character can be held up as a role model to other husbands, especially if in similar circumstances. When one thinks of “religious husbands,” sometimes the images of submission, authoritarianism, and even cruel taskmasters come to mind. While Charlie could never be like that, Ted injects an unending joy that rings true and resounds with the viewer. While I realize it takes amazing authors and writers to craft a character on paper like Charlie with tenderness and optimism, it also takes a sensitive actor who can bring this character to life without being sappy or fake. And I do believe quite frankly that is what Ted has accomplished in his portrayal.

Karen Kingsbury, Faith Ford Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Karen Kingsbury, Faith Ford Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Of course, no review of this film would be complete without mentioning the gifted author of this novel herself, Karen Kingsbury. While I have not had the opportunity to read her books as of yet, her reputation precedes her. And now that I have gotten a splendid taste of this story, not only have I pledged to read this novel, but I am recommending to everyone to give her books a chance. I found myself desirous of increasing my knowledge of the characters in this story, and I acknowledge the best way to do that is to get in and read so my numerous questions can be answered. A movie cannot explain everything, so I will urge everyone to read this book as soon as possible as there is no doubt Karen is a true author of distinction.

Wyatt Nash, Katie Findlay, Ted McGinley, Faith Ford Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

Wyatt Nash, Katie Findlay, Ted McGinley, Faith Ford Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Duane Prentice

In conclusion, I believe it safe to say that if you have been unable to catch any of Hallmark’s new movies this Christmas season, I propose you set aside some time for this one as I don’t think you will be dissatisfied. I call this a must-watch this holiday season, and I am breathlessly awaiting Part 2!

For more information:

http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/karen-kingsburys-the-bridge

 

 

 

 

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73 Comments

  1. Kerri December 6, 2015 Reply

    That was a great movie but it was very upsetting to see to be continued and not until next Christmas as much as I want to see the ending I probably never will a year is a long time to wait to watch the ending of a movie

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      Ruth December 6, 2015 Reply

      Just like when one goes to a movie theater, sometimes you have to wait 1-2 years for a second part. And if you want to know the ending, read the book. That’s what my mom and I are going to do.

  2. Karen December 6, 2015 Reply

    What happened to the second half of the movie. It ended at 10:00 on the hallmark channel

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      Ruth December 6, 2015 Reply

      The second half will be on next Christmas

  3. Jackie December 6, 2015 Reply

    When will part 2 be on?

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      Ruth December 6, 2015 Reply

      Next Christmas!!

  4. Wendy December 6, 2015 Reply

    I am disappointed that part 2 wont be released for an entire year. Seems like a rip off really 🙁 Wish I hadnt watched part 1 now.

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      Ruth December 6, 2015 Reply

      I’m sorry you feel that way. I think of it more like going to a movie theater–sometimes you have to wait a year or two for a sequel. And this does give you time to read the book–that’s what I’m going to do.

  5. Jan O'Malley December 7, 2015 Reply

    The Bridge was great and my husband and I were so disappointed we have to wait a whole year to see part two! We didn’t even realize it would be a “part one.” The movie was great so that means I definitely have to buy the book. 🙂

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      Ruth December 7, 2015 Reply

      I understand Jan. Honestly I didn’t want to have to wait till next Christmas. I’m trying to be the eternal optimist here.

  6. mbl1936@gmail.com December 7, 2015 Reply

    I was disappointed that the movie is a continuing, sad.

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      Ruth December 7, 2015 Reply

      Sorry and if I could do something to bring the movie sooner I would.

  7. Rob December 7, 2015 Reply

    I’m sorry but the movie theatre analogy doesn’t work. This is TV, not the movies. If they wanted to play by the same rules as the movies, they should have released it in the movie theatre. TV plays by a separate set of rules as it should. To have this type of movie and only show one part of it and leave everyone hanging is just wrong on Hallmark’s part. It’s one thing if it is a second book, but it’s the same book! Two parts is fine, but show them during the same season.

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      Ruth December 7, 2015 Reply

      Understand Rob that I was trying to be an optimist and understand Hallmark’s reasoning. I know it doesn’t make much sense but I also know that nothing we say is going to change it. But I’m glad you’re sharing–lots of people are.

  8. Jean jacobsen December 7, 2015 Reply

    I’m annoyed at having to wait a whole year to find out what happens in the movie The Bridge. I hope you don’t ever do that again. Also, the end of Part I, if you’re going to make us wait a year, should have had a self contained ending, not needing part II if you don’t happen to be able to see it next year.

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      Ruth December 7, 2015 Reply

      I hear you loud and clear. I wish Hallmark would.

  9. ted mcginley December 7, 2015 Reply

    I feel the same way as most folks… like what was Hallmark thinking making people wait until NEXT year for the second part of the Bridge. We have already filmed it and they are putting it together now. We just finished it, so the real reason it wasn’t ready is because film making takes some time. They are in post production right now, and believe me they wish they had it ready for y’all to see tomorrow. Please don’t feel ripped off… it will be worth the wait. Part 2 is easily the strongest of the two… I think, however I’ve not yet seen it… It’s just basically the Karen Kingsburrys’ book the Bridge. Part 1 is more of a set-up or precursor to the book.
    YOU WILL LOVE PART 2…. HANG IN THERE.

    Ruth, thank you for your kind words. You are a wonderful writer. I’m so used to people trashing me… I was shocked to hear something so kind. I will carry your kind thoughts to my ending days.

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      Ruth December 7, 2015 Reply

      Ted, I am incredibly honored that you not only came and read the review but left a comment here as you did. I know Hallmark’s decision is not even a popular one in my household. Thank you for your comments–I’m going to pass them along too as well as it seems like maybe Hallmark should know the stir they have created.

      Personally speaking, thank you, Ted for your kind words about my writing and me. I can’t imagine people trashing you. But then again, my whole purpose in reviewing films is to remember that the actors and actresses are human beings, and there is so much more than goes into making a film than just acting–in fact, there are things that over which actors have no control that can keep them from being the absolute best. In your case, that wasn’t the truth as I loved your performance, and I am glad that it means so much to you. That is what I attempt to always do–look for the positives, and with your performance, I didn’t have to look far. So thank you again for stopping by, and I am willing to wait to see Part 2 as I have only heard good things about it.

  10. Layla December 7, 2015 Reply

    Does the book contain part two of the movie, so I don’t have to wait until next Christmas to watch the ending?

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      Ruth December 7, 2015 Reply

      The book contains the whole story is my undertanding.

  11. tony December 7, 2015 Reply

    I wonder if there is another way to see 2nd part,as it is to hard for me read a book and I may not even be around for 2016 Christmas. thank you.

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      Ruth December 7, 2015 Reply

      At this point, I don’t think there is a way to see it but maybe an audiobook? You might check that out.

  12. Pops December 7, 2015 Reply

    What a bummer!!! Nowhere did Hallmark say this was a 2 part movie. And having to wait a whole year??? Very disappointed in this…

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      Ruth December 7, 2015 Reply

      I am sorry that you didn’t see the promotions about this being Part 1. Not to be contradictory but Hallmark did say this was Part 1. I didn’t realize till later that Part 2 wouldn’t air till next year. But thank you for your input.

  13. Lisa December 7, 2015 Reply

    If there were no complaints about part 2 airing next year, there would be complaints that no one wants to sit and watch a four hour made for TV movie. Like Ruth suggested, read the book. You will have something to look forward to. As Mr. Mcginley suggested, we will love part 2. I am sure of it. 🙂

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      Ruth December 7, 2015 Reply

      Thanks Lisa. My mom and I plan on reading it.

  14. Shirley Unrau December 7, 2015 Reply

    I too was so very disappointed that this is to be continued. I actually bought a whole block of movie channels so I could see this one movie. I told everyone about it and others I know bought channels to see this movie. Now we have to wait a whole year. I wish you wouldn’t have shown this until you could have added Part 2 in one week or something like that. I hope you learn from all this that a years wait is far too long. Next time, wait until everything is finished in the movie making business and THEN DRAW THE PUBLIC IN but please never do this again. thank you Shirley Unrau

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      Ruth December 7, 2015 Reply

      Here’s hoping that Hallmark hears its viewers and takes what they say to heart.

  15. Trish December 8, 2015 Reply

    Loved the movie!! But really an entire year to wait way too long! We love Hallmark movies but and entire year to wait for part 2 is just crazy!!

  16. Rex December 8, 2015 Reply

    A wonderfully produced movie with a story to tell. How disappointed we were to see the 2nd part is delayed for 1 year. After reading the biography of the author, it surprises me that she would agree with holding a potentially helpful message from individuals who could possibly benefit from it during this Holy Season. The Christian way is to not to delay the possibility of giving sound advice and counsel that could help someone. Yes “The Bridge” is just a movie but it’s not without a positive message “so far”. To delay what could be an aid to someone for twelve months is a mistake. Imagine a relationship counselor telling a troubled couple looking for help to come back for their second visit twelves months from today.

  17. Rebeca December 8, 2015 Reply

    when can i see ?

  18. Rebeca December 8, 2015 Reply

    Where can i see?

  19. Kerrie Anderson December 8, 2015 Reply

    I’m sorry I need to throw a real life situation into this that I don’t think writers/producers/director’s/management think of. I am a 48 year old who has Multiple Sclerosis, to me I am not promised 1 day never mind 1 year. What about those who have terminal illnesses, “oh so sorry, watch the entire movie then find out you will never see the ending”. I am sorry to be the wet rag on this but I don’t believe the higher b’s think of something as simple as this. My MS does not allow me to retain much of a memory, I will NEVER even remember this movie 1 year from now. This is a horrible practice that the movie industry came up with in order to keep people “begging for more” but to me it is just an unthinking, uncaring thing. So I LOVED the movie, but I am afraid that I will be 1 fan who won’t get to see the end…not very nice.

    Mrs Kerrie Anderson

  20. marlene marcotte December 8, 2015 Reply

    i too wished it had said that part 2 was a year later. I was very surprised when it said to be continued, so I started checking channels and times for part 2 until I read here that it was going to air next Christmas. but it was a great story with great people. maybe I will read the book. thanks

  21. Pamela Piotrowski December 8, 2015 Reply

    I just finished watching The Bridge. I really enjoyed it… love the cast and characters. It would make a great series! I’m really looking forward to part 2.

  22. Susan Pugh December 8, 2015 Reply

    None of us are promised tomorrow. Hum. Almost 75 with eye problems. Thanks Hallmark for the continuation of this movie. I am very disappointed and cannot read the book.

  23. Judy December 8, 2015 Reply

    Isn’t it amazing how many people felt such a strong connection to this movie. Thank you Karen Kingsbury, Hallmark and the great actors for bringing the story to life. Hope the book is on audio for those with vision problems, but thankful we now have characters that we can envision as we read or listen to this book!

  24. Jack December 9, 2015 Reply

    I agree with Wendy. “I am disappointed that part 2 wont be released for an entire year. Seems like a rip off. I really Wish I hadn’t watched part 1 now.” If this happens again we will never watch another Hallmark movie. Very dissapointed!

  25. Mary Furlow December 9, 2015 Reply

    I love Hallmark cards, movies, ornaments, etc. And I really enjoyed this movie! I have always loved Faith Ford and Ted McGinley. I must admit that I’m disappointed to have to wait until next year to see the second part. I wish they could show it Christmas week or even Christmas Eve (this year). That would build up some excitement. I’m afraid that making us wait until next year will lessen the excitement. We will have to re-watch the first one to remember the details so we will be excited about it again. But a year is a long time to wait.

  26. Nell December 10, 2015 Reply

    To make sure I would not miss the “Bridge” I put it on my DVR, and I was settling in to watch this movie and it was a great movie, I was looking at the time and next thing I know “to be continue” and December 2016. I don’t understand why will you do people like that? Waiting a whole year to see if they finally got together, and who to say if we all still be here to catch Part 2. Hello, you all could just go ahead and run the Part 1 and Part 2 next year. I agree that the some Movies at the theaters has part 2 etc. ,but they just don’t put it out, when there a couple break up and they on the phone and that is it. I went back and delete this movie so I can fill it with another movie, that is complete. I hope next time when you all come up with another movie you will read these comments and not to treat your viewers like this .

  27. Marie December 12, 2015 Reply

    I loved the movie but was very disappointed that I have to wait a year to see part 2! Disappointed!Marie

  28. KMiller December 12, 2015 Reply

    Karen if you read these comments – bad move. Not a positive response to the part 2 hold out. Love your books and understand the multiple series concept, but your books never left us hanging like this. Don’t ever let Hallmark do this again.

  29. Mary December 13, 2015 Reply

    I loved Part 1 of the bridge, but was extremely disappointed that there was a Part 2 that wouldn’t be shown until a year later! I didn’t realize at the time that it was only the first part. Had I known that, I wouldn’t have watched it. Why couldn’t both parts be aired on two consecutive days? There are many mini series on TV that air for 2 or 3 days. This way, everything that happened on the previous day is fresh in your mind. On a good note, Part 1 was excellent, the actors did a fantastic job, as did the writer(s).

  30. john jackson December 13, 2015 Reply

    This is an online petition for the Hallmark channel to air part 2 of The Bridge this Christmas 2015

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/hallmarks-redemption

  31. Margaret L December 13, 2015 Reply

    I, too, am disappointed in Hallmark… again… First time was when they moved the Good Witch out of Grey House that brought her to town… They expect me to remember the first part next year? What a total LACK OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT! How does Hallmark do this so much?

  32. Lisa December 16, 2015 Reply

    Seriously! ??? I was so excited for this movie as the book was fantastic…and then I see “to be continued. .. NEXT YEAR! !!!???? That’s crazy! And soooooooooooo disappointing!
    Why bother getting fans all excited until you have the COMPLETELY movie ready! 🙁 this is awful

  33. Lesley Wison December 17, 2015 Reply

    Although I understand the premise of a second part. It was not set up properly to do so. It was set up more like a mini-series so it should have been done that way. If they wanted to do it in the style of something like Twilight the story line should have been done completely different so that the viewers did not expect to have an ending to the story in a much more immediate timeline. Hallmark should for future reference not do this to the viewers.

  34. Julie December 21, 2015 Reply

    I stayed up til 2 am to watch this movie we had recorded having no idea we wouldn’t get to see the whole thing!!! A week later maybe but a whole year is completely unacceptable!!! Very disappointed!!!

  35. Nancy December 22, 2015 Reply

    Enjoyed Part 1. Hadn’t heard it was a Part 1. The To Be Continued at the end was dewildering to me. Now I’m wondering if this will only have 2 parts or in a year we’ll be strung along again. I ended up rewinding the ending to see what I might have missed in case the “To Be Continued” was the real ending and we were supposed to “fill in the blanks.” I didn’t see any reviews that thought this was a good thing to string it out over a year (or more?).

  36. Michel de Verde December 22, 2015 Reply

    Way to bad that they never had the courtesy to make the viewers aware that this was Part 1 of 2 parts, and not airing until next year… for that reason I will not read the book nor watch for this movie next year… it was so selfish to not let your viewers in on the whole concept of a ‘to be continued’ two part movie….
    Otherwise a great movie to that point

  37. Melissa Jan December 23, 2015 Reply

    My husband and I loved the movie.
    We were so sad to see
    “…to be continued.”
    We searched the upcoming movies, etc. for Part 2.
    I have read in the comments it will be a year?
    Oh my….
    I love Karen Kingsbury’s books and I loved this one.
    I thought the movie stayed very close to the story.

    It is well done.
    I would love to see more like this!

    We will anticipate the coming of Part 2.
    You may want to feature Part 1 again for those with a foggy memory.

    We would have stayed up and watched Part 2!

    Sincerely,

    A Kingsbury Fan.

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      Ruth December 23, 2015 Reply

      Thank you so much for your response. And yes I was disappointed but will definitely feature Part 1 when Part 2 airs.

  38. MaryJane Kiefer December 23, 2015 Reply

    Since I didn’t catch the 2016 date, I was anticipating Part II before years’ end. I’m not going to state the obvious, but I will hold on the to comment that the follow-up is worth the wait.
    In a unique way, it’s kinda nice having such a beautifully made (the actors were wonderful) movie to link these two very special Christmases (new life for our family) together.
    For now, I’ll say thank you Hallmark.
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  39. kelley December 25, 2015 Reply

    We just watched The Bridge which was recorded earlier this month. We didn’t know til the end it was only part 1. There goes an hour and a half of my life I’ll never get back! A year? Are you kidding me? We’ll never even remember what happened in a year! Would not have watched it if we knew this!

  40. Marianne December 26, 2015 Reply

    I watched The Bridge last night from 10 to 12 on Lifetime Shaw TV. I actually stayed up for it, but was so disappointed to find out that it was only part 1. Now I can’t figure out when part 2 is on. I don’t want to miss it. Can anyone tell me when part 2 is suppose to be on?????
    I’ve read everyone of Karen Kingsbury’s books and love each one of them.

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      Ruth December 26, 2015 Reply

      Marianne, unfortunately we have to wait till December 2016 to see Part 2. I know it is a disappointment. The actors themselves seem disappointed, but it was a Hallmark decision.

  41. matthew December 27, 2015 Reply

    It sucks part 2 will be out a year from now ,I’ll never remember to watch it a year from now.
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  42. Kim December 28, 2015 Reply

    I have read all of these reviews….I usually don’t respond but feel I need to on this one!!! I have read Karen’s books for 12 years now and when I read the Bridge and then many years later saw that Hallmark would come out with the movie I was very happy about it since the book is such a great read and wonderful story. What disappointed me was not only did they have a part two that is coming out next year but they never even told you that there would be two parts to the movie. Now, since I have read the book I know what to expect but to see it on film always brings it to life and finding out you have to wait a whole year for the other part, such a disappointment. I can see why the ones that have not read the book would be really disappointed and I agree with the one review regarding the two parts…..this isn’t a theater film, it’s Hallmark channel movie……just mind boggling to me. I almost feel it is the “Hollywood” make more money, buy my book and find out the ending then you can see it next year for conclusion. I know that sounds super blunt and don’t mean that to be mean but I just understand the disappointment. I actually was shocked Karen would do it but I have to believe TV is the cause not her…Thanks for listening! 🙂

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      Ruth December 28, 2015 Reply

      Kim thank you for your words. You kept it kind without bashing anyone–I really appreciate that. I’m happy to have you respond. Yes, I was kind of grasping at straws to kind of smooth things over so maybe people wouldn’t be upset. I sometimes play the “apologist” on films like this, but I fully understand and agree that it was crazy that they didn’t really say Part 1. When I was reviewing it, I was told it was only part 1, and I had no idea till after they showed it officially that part 2 would not come out till next year. I couldn’t even understand the reasoning. But by that time, the review was already written and people were unhappy. I don’t even think Hallmark expected the backlash it got. I have no idea the real reason behind this, but I tend to think that Hallmark wanted a discussion, both bad and good, and they got it. Yes, I’m going to read the book. And no, I do not blame anyone for this. Certainly not the author herself as some do. If anyone, it was a decision left to Hallmark executives, and I think they may think twice before trying something as radical again. They do tend to listen to the viewers. I always welcome comments so thanks for stoppnig by.

  43. A Hallmark movie junkie December 30, 2015 Reply

    Hallmark channel should have waited till next year to show both parts.

    Grrrrrr.

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      Ruth December 30, 2015 Reply

      Definitely agree

  44. Jamie December 30, 2015 Reply

    I was rather surprised the writer of this story did not know who Ted McKinley or Faith. Besides being in several Hallmark movies individually, they started together in the series Hope and Faith several years ago. This writer is 41 so she should be more familiar with television actors. Both had other shows with Ted going as far back as Happy Days and Love Boat- he was even Brooke Shields prom date back in 1983! (So I think they should do a movie together.) But love Tim and Faith in this and their other acting ventures.

    As for the movie I thought it was nicely done. Love the young actors! Being from Nashville, it was disappointing that the filming was obviously not at Belmont University or in Franklin, Tn- as both much prettier then wherever they filmed this in Canada. (Belmont has such lovely buildings where several are historic such as Belmont Mansion.) I wish Hallmark had taken advantage of filming onsite to make more authentic. Nashville has a lot of filming here so it is possible and keeps in USA.

    I was warned by my sister-in-law that the second part wouldn’t be aired until Christmas 2016. So at first I wasn’t going to watch but went ahead knowing I would have to wait. I think those so very negative of Hallmark for this decision are going a little overboard. It gives us something to look forward to next year!🙂

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      Ruth December 30, 2015 Reply

      Interesting thoughts thank you so much for sharing Jamie. I know they film in Canada because it costs less. And I can’t believe we have to wait long. I have to admit I didn’t know Ted nor Faith either but they were both very favorable to my review, so that happens. I am so far out of the loop and people cannot believe how many actors/actresses I don’t know. But thankfully Karen Kingsbury knows how they are now. But thank you so much for stopping by!

  45. April January 1, 2016 Reply

    I am 70 and may not be around for next Christmas. Very disappointed in the timing for part 2.

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      Ruth January 1, 2016 Reply

      April I’m so sorry about Hallmark’s decision. I wish I could change it for you but I can’t.

  46. Stella January 1, 2016 Reply

    Ridiculous! I’ve just spent an hour looking for part 2. Thankfully, I ran across this blog. Super mistake on Hallmarks Part 2 fiasco. I may never watch this channel again. I really like the wholesomeness of it, but the business end torturing its watchers like this is mind boggling!

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      Ruth January 1, 2016 Reply

      So sorry Stella. I know many people are upset. I hope that Hallmark doesn’t do this again to its viewers either.

  47. Renee January 1, 2016 Reply

    I wish I read the movie reviews, before I wasted two hours of my time today on a movie that didn’t end.

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      Ruth January 1, 2016 Reply

      Renee I’m so sorry that happened to you. The vast majority of us agree with you 100% and I hope that Hallmark doesn’t do this to their viewers again.

  48. Mary k. Hart November 7, 2016 Reply

    I did not see part 1 until this year (11/2016) and therfore am able to see both movies at once. It is a wonderful, touching and inspirational story. Thank you Hallmark. Thank you too to the fine cast. You all did a marvelous job.
    On another note, I read all of the previous comments. Two points – none of us is guaranteed even one more moment in this life. therefore, we must live in the moment making a difference wherever each of us can and as God leads us.
    Secondly,I was perplexed by so many angry comments about having to wait a whole year for part 2. Perhaps we’ve become a society too much addicted to instant gratification. Maybe we need to be more patient.
    God bless.
    Mary K.

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      Ruth November 7, 2016 Reply

      Thank you Mary for taking the time to post. You should have seen the negative comments before I edited them and some I couldn’t even post they were so vile. But I agree with you!

  49. Vanessa January 11, 2017 Reply

    I just love this movie,all the love from friends becoming a family through a bookstore ,in part 2 it was hard to hold back the teas,after 7 yrs the people came back to help out an save the bookstore an help ,,Charlie an Donna that’s a true meaning of True Friends,an what friendship is about helping one another when they need it the most,I hope you have another one ,an the other movie
    Time to dance love that as well,

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      Ruth January 11, 2017 Reply

      Vanessa I’m so glad you enjoyed it. One of these days when I have time I need to review pt2 & a Time to Dance. Just haven’t been able to find the time.

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