Hallmark’s April 22 TV film ‘Firelight’ is ‘inspiring, replete with positive values’

(CNS photo/courtesy Hallmark Hall of Fame)

NEW YORK (CNS) — A prison for young female offenders provides the unlikely setting for a television drama about hope and new beginnings in “Firelight.” This latest, characteristically wholesome Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation — written by Ligiah Villalobos and directed by Darnell Martin — airs on ABC-TV Sunday, April 22, 9-11 p.m. EDT.

Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as Dwayne Johnson, nicknamed DJ, the facility’s dedicated and compassionate youth counselor. When new inmate Caroline Magabo (Q’orianka Kilcher) arrives on the scene after being nabbed in a botched robbery led by her deadbeat boyfriend, DJ sets his sights on helping her reform and keep out of further trouble. So, too, does model prisoner Terry Easle (DeWanda Wise).

Terry heads the inmates’ elite volunteer firefighting team, a unit primarily dedicated to battling local brush fires that she eventually convinces Caroline to join. Membership in the force and educational engagement with — of all things — Plato’s “Republic,” a text to which Terry introduces her newfound friend, become the vehicles propelling Caroline toward a better life.

While the redemption the program celebrates is entirely of the self-improvement variety — Caroline and DJ discuss the need to “buy yourself back” when you’ve done something genuinely harmful — it nonetheless strikes a secular note that’s at least in harmony with the spiritual themes of the Easter season.

Although its brief portrayals of crime and the effects of physical abuse may mark this offering as too mature for the youngest, teen viewers and their elders will find it an inspiring tale replete with positive values.

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Mulderig is on the staff of Catholic News Service.

15 Responses

  1. I was weeping with the girls…

  2. I thought this was a good story brought tears to my eyes Thank You Hallmark for your specials I never miss any.

  3. This was an awesome movie! Just wondering where it was filmed & if it is based on the Real Life Crew of Women from Lee Arrendale State Prison In Alto, Ga.? Those women there are very dedicated to what they do! They are fearless & risk everything to give something back ! Way to go Hallmark!!

  4. Loved loved loved this movie. But can someone tell me what song that was that they started singing on the bus after they rescued the guy from his vehicle?? thanks.

  5. The name of the song was ” I Want To Thank You”.

  6. love the movie but wanted to know the name of the song on the bus.

  7. When will “Firelight” be shown again? I truly enjoyed this show as I do all the Hallmark Specials. Thank You.
    Darlene Reust

  8. I truly loved this movie. One of the best movies I’ve ever seen! I’d like to know when will it be shown again. A friend of mine missed it and I’d really like him to see it.

  9. yes when will it be shown again

  10. What is the name of the song played when the women were catching butterflies? Thanks!

  11. LOVED IT!!!!!!!

  12. Firelight will be shown today May 5th at 8 and 10pmPT on Hallmark

  13. Loved it – but I want to know what happens to all the characters. Sequel?

  14. The name of the song was I want to thank you by Alicia Myers.

  15. *Loved* the movie! And the bus song. Thank you Mark.

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