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Sanctuary: the Movie

Have an opinion on SANCTUARY THE MOVIE? Be sure to let us know what you thought in the poll above, and pop over to the Posting Board to join in on the discussion!

Also, be sure to visit CBS and let them know what they thought. Remember, THE REEF is still being worked on - if you were unhappy with the length, acting, etc, tell them and maybe they'll consider it for the THE REEF. Definately ask them to make it longer next time. *g*

As I'm sure many of you know, Sanctuary is in production by CBS! Posted here is all the information that I have concerning the movie. Nora was in Toronto recently on site.

Air Date: February 28 on CBS at 9:00

Check out CBS's page on Sanctuary - there are a couple of video clips there from the movie.

the Cast

Nathan - Costas Mandylor

Mandylor is best known for his role as Kenny Lacos on the series Picket Fences. The only page that I've found for him is about 3 years out of date so I won't bother linking it - I did borrow a picture though so we could all check Nathan out.

Jo - Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert is known for her role as Laura Ingalls Wilder in Little House on the Prairie, and more recently a series of tv movies, with A Vision of Murder, the Story of Donielle being the latest.

Aunt Kate - Kathy Baker

Kathy Baker has an extensive filmography, recent movies include the Cider House Rules. She is well known for her work on the television series Picket Fences.

Kirby - Leslie Hope

Leslie Hope has also done quite a bit. Recent films include Bruiser, the Spreading Ground, and Robocop: the Prime Directives. In 1998 she was in one of Harlequin's made for tv movies, This Matter of Marriage.

Brian - Chris

The Buzz About Sanctuary

To read Nora's travelogues about visiting the Sanctuary set and see her pictures, please visit A Day Without French Fries.

Check out ET's interview with Nora about Sanctuary.

Sanctuary was reviewed in TV Guide and rated a 1. :( I guess we'll see how it goes on Wednesday.

Melissa Gilbert on Sanctuary:
The movie is based on a novel by Nora Roberts called"Sanctuary". It is a romantic thriller. My leading man is Costas Mandylor and My Aunt is being played by Kathy Baker. It's a bit of a "Picket Fences" reunion.

Nora's opinion of the movie:

Dear Readers,

Thanks to everyone for their comments on the movie. It was great fun for me to see one of my books translated onto the screen. I'm glad so many of you enjoyed seeing the story on screen.

I know some who read the book have commented that they were disappointed that certain elements or characters were cut in the movie version. Trying to fit a full-length novel into a two hour movie, less commercials, means condensing. No way around it. I really felt the screenwriter did a wonderful job of maintaining the basic storyline and characters for this visual medium. After all, it's not a replica of the book, but a movie based on the novel by.

Remember, it's not possible to ruin my book. The book's written, published, and in the bookstores.

In case there's any confusion, I didn't write the screenplay. I'm not a screen writer. I wouldn't know where to begin. And I really don't choose which book may be adapted. The network which options the book decides. CBS hopes to adapt The Reef next. I'd be delighted.

I'm also delighted so many of you enjoyed the movie. Thanks for watching.




Kathy Baker and Costas Mandylor Also Star

Melissa Gilbert ("Little House on the Prairie") stars in NORA ROBERTS' SANCTUARY, a new television movie to be broadcast as the "CBS Wednesday Movie," Wednesday, Feb. 28 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The story revolves around a well-known photojournalist who, when stalked by an unknown assailant, returns to her childhood retreat to find safety and comfort, but instead discovers that her troubles have followed her home.

Also starring in the suspense thriller, based on the best-selling novel of the same title, are multiple Emmy Award winner Kathy Baker ("Picket Fences") and Costas Mandylor ("Picket Fences").

Gilbert plays the photojournalist, Jo Hathaway, who, overworked and under tremendous stress, begins having nightmares about her mother, who disappeared years earlier. At the same time, she starts receiving peculiar private photos of herself via e-mail from an unknown "friend." On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Jo retreats to her childhood island home-Sanctuary Inn-for an overdue visit with her family, including her supportive Aunt Kate (Baker).

Shortly after she arrives, Jo bumps into Nathan (Mandylor), a handsome acquaintance from her past, and is surprised to find the chemistry still exists between them. Although Jo tries to avoid a romance with Nathan, she finds herself unable to ignore her developing affection for him. But romance is soon interrupted by a series of frightening and deadly incidents, and Jo realizes that by returning to Sanctuary, instead of escaping her problems, she has walked right into the heart of them in this story of passion, betrayal and murder.

Melissa Gilbert, long remembered for her role as a child in "Little House on the Prairie," has established herself as an adult actress. Her many television movie credits include "Switched at Birth," "Murder at 75 Birch," "Childhood Sweetheart," "Cries from the Heart," "Family Secrets" and "Christmas in My Hometown," all on the Network, as well as "The Miracle Worker," "Without Her Consent," "The Lookalike," "Blood Vows: Story of a Mafia Wife" and "Killer Instinct and Forbidden Nights."

Kathy Baker won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for her performance in the highly acclaimed CBS television series "Picket Fences." Her numerous television movie credits include "Shake, Rattle & Roll" and the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "A Season for Miracles," both on the Network, Showtime's "Ratz" and "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her." Her feature film credits include "The Cider House Rules," "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday," "Mad Dog and Glory," "Article 99," "Street Smart," "The Right Stuff," "Clean and Sober" and "Edward Scissorhands."

Costas Mandylor's television credits include the films "Exiled," "The Fury Within," "Last Exit to Earth" and "Falling for You" and the series "Secret Agent Man" and "Picket Fences." His notable television guest appearances include "The Outer Limits," "F/X: The Series" and "Tales from the Crypt." Among his feature film credits are "Stealth Fighter," "Double Take," "Crosscut," "Venus Rising," "Almost Dead," "Mobsters" and "Soapdish."

Tracey Alexander ("A Secret Affair") and Andy Adelson ("The Hunley") are the executive producers of NORA ROBERTS' SANCTUARY. Frank Siracusa ("Due South") is the producer. Katt Shea ("Last Exit to Earth") directed the film from a screenplay by Vivienne Radkoff ("For All Time"), based on the best-selling novel by Nora Roberts.

RATING: To Be Announced

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