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women living with cancer: one in the prime of her life, one in her
twilight years, face the biggest challenge of life as they come to
terms with death. Living in the same town filled with eccentric
characters, their joint challenge teaches the two women, and those
who love them invaluable life lessons.
HEARTS focuses on the moving relationship which develops
between Amber Connors (Lauren Holly), blessed with a vibrant,
sunny beauty and vast compassion and the irritable,
cantankerous older woman she befriends, Betty Miller (Faye
Dunaway), whose vestiges of vanity and proud carriage put the lie
to her reclusive persona. Betty has spent her entire adult life
building her defenses, only to have them systematically worn down
by the neighboring nursing home philanderer, Johnny Pinkley (Tom
Skerritt), - an aging charmer and hopeless romantic determined to
win back Betty's love after breaking her heart decades earlier by
going off to the Korean War.
Amber stumbles onto a romantic dilemma of her own: Jason (Ian
Somerhalder) a dashing but troubled younger man, whose path has
fatefully crossed hers. Amber is determined to transfer her sense
of hope and wonder to Jason before it's too late. At first
suspicious and confused by Amberís impermeable happiness, Jason
grows enchanted by this beautiful, older woman who, despite
tremendous heartache, seems to have the secret to life that makes
it worth fighting for. By pushing through Jason's inhibitions and
fears, Amber reaches him in a way he has never known before.
Through tears and laughter we see the transference of this
"secret" from one person, ravaged by disease, to another, ravaged
The ensemble also includes stellar performances by character
actors Edie McClurg as the quirky and helpful Nurse Rollins and
Janet Carroll as Mrs. Lane, head of the Baptist Women's League and
hospital do-gooder. In addition to the ensemble cast, the film
features musical performances by veteran recording artist Rita
Coolidge and Earl and Randy Scruggs, alongside Grand Ole Opry
country singers Jan Howard and Jeannie Seely.
More About The Changing Hearts Story
"Changing Hearts" is a charming, quirky Southern tale of a
group of people brought together by less than ideal circumstances.
Much in the vein of "Steel Magnolias" you find yourself laughing
through tears as you see the growth, resilience and rebirth of the
human spirit. A story about facing death, yet finding life.
If you have ever lost someone you know, only to find that their
spirit surrounds you still, you will be able to relate to
"Changing Hearts." Through the transference of love, we see the
power that one person can have on every life they touch. This move
will change the way you look at fear, death, and this incredible
"experience" we call Life.