Thicker Than Water

Thicker than Water

David S Cass Sr (2005)

PG Certificate


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Melissa Gilbert is still best known for playing Laura Ingalls in the 1970s costume series Little House on the Prairie. So it will come as no great surprise to viewers of this over-sentimental drama that her high-powered lawyer would give up her stressful life to follow the trail of her recently deceased father's secret past in the country. Perhaps less blatant casting might have given David S Cass Sr's TV movie some much-needed edge, as Gilbert's obsession with a faded photograph and the discovery that she's related to a onetime rodeo queen (played by Lindsay Wagner) suffers from a schmaltziness that is only heightened by the lingering, romanticised rural vistas.


A lawyer discovers her recently deceased father had a secret long-term relationship with another woman. Curious about the family members she never knew she had, she manages to track them down - and ends up coming to their aid in a legal battle to preserve their way of life. Drama, starring Melissa Gilbert, Lindsay Wagner, Grainger Hines and Brian Wimmer.

Cast & Crew

Natalie Jones Melissa Gilbert
Sam Brian Wimmer
Lulu Nichols Lindy Newton
Tom Grove Grainger Hines
Larry Gorman Robert Mailhouse
Abygail Jordan Nan Martin
Receptionist Nancy Atkinson
Tim "Ray" Markus Ryan Carnes
Secretary Amy Beth Reece
Jess Jarrett Lindsay Wagner
Director David S Cass Sr
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence and swearing.