The Locket (2002)

The Locket (2002)
  • 478
  • PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release year: 2002 ()
  • Running time: 100 min
  • Original Title: The Locket
  • Voted: 478

A young man taking care of his dying mother is distraught and grief-stricken when she finally passes away. On the advice of his doctor, he takes a job in an upscale nursing home, and is assigned to take care of an elderly woman named Esther. At first Esther is a bitter, angry woman and pushes him away, but as she gradually warms to him, he discovers that he and Esther have much more in common than he imagined.

1Vanessa RedgraveEsther Huish
2Chad WillettMichael Keddington
3Marguerite MoreauFaye Murrow
4Lori HeuringAlice Richards
  • Superstar! by 8

    Well done to Hallmark for this excellent movie. This is a 'love' story which at the same time examines forgiveness, betrayal, jealousy and ultimately taking the opportunities in life when love comes along. The male lead gives a fine performance yet the real star is Vanessa Redgrave; this actress has such depth and radiance that she dominates the movie with her enormous charisma, charm and screen presence. Without doubt a super star.

  • masterfully sentimental by 10

    chad willet and vanessa redgrave are authentic and genuine in this masterpiece which i've seen thrice and gotten tears in my eyes every time - and i am not usually sentimental. the powerful emotions of trust, love, kindness, betrayal are skillfully portrayed and i will be watching this movie over and again over the years.

  • Another winner from Hallmark by 8

    This story, set in a nursing home, is more than it at first appears. With a thickening plot and emotional turmoil building, a young man named Michael (played well by Chad Willet) cares for an elderly woman named Esther (played very well by Vanessa Redgrave). Or is it that Esther cares for Michael? One part I didn't like much was in a dance setting (kissing), but overall it was a very decent film with no swearing. With great acting a touching story, this is another winner from Hallmark Hall of Fame.

  • I feel I must write something as a warning to others... by 7

    After reading the mostly glowing comments about this movie I decided to rent it despite some suspicions of TV movies. I should have followed my instincts.

    I tried so hard to warm up to the movie and find merit in it but I just couldn't. The story never draws you in or rings true and the acting is perfunctory at best and laughable at worst. Everything in this production is amateurish.

    Always a joy to watch, Mary McDonnell may be the only performer to escape this disaster without damaging her career or reputation. I won't even bother checking the name of the leading man - hopefully he's back doing commercials.

    Even poor Vanessa Redgrave, whom I adore and respect, seemed to be channeling Katherine Hepburn all the time appearing as if she were really drugged in the home. Maybe she needed the money.

    If I can save one person from wasting 100 minutes on this tripe I will feel vindicated.

  • 10 Stars all the way by 10

    "The Locket" is filled with hurt, love, anger, forgiveness, kindness, and regret. I was captured by the screenplay and the acting. This is a wonderful film about many of life's lessons as taught to Michael Keddington by a lonely old lady, Esther Huish. She shows Michael to follow his heart, not to be just "realistic" or "practical." She shows him that he is hurting himself by harboring feelings of hate and anger towards his own father. While sometimes slow moving, this film captures the recipe for leading a wonderful and fulfilling life. This film is another reason why Hallmark Hall of Fame has been so successful over the years. They keep producing films that are entertaining yet free from graphic violence, sex and language. Vanessa Redgrave gives a wonderful performance and her fans will thoroughly enjoy her in the role of Esther Huish. "The Locket" is pure gold! James Welch Henderson, Arkansas 1/8/2020

1Tom Neuwirthcinematographer
2Bruce Broughtoncomposer
3Karen Arthurdirector
4Sabrina Pliscoeditor
5Richard Paul Evanswriter
6Ron Raleywriter