Charms for the Easy Life

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Based on the bestselling novel by Kaye Gibbons, the made-for-cable Charms for the Easy Life takes place in North Carolina during WWII. At the heart of the story is Charlie Kate (Gena Rowlands), an unconventional matriarch and midwife, who years earlier had been given a gift for homeopathic healing from a mysterious black gentleman. Charlie Kate, her widowed daughter Sophia (Mimi Rogers), and her granddaughter Margaret (Susan May Pratt) are a continual source of outrage for their tradition-bound white neighbors, especially because of Charlie's insistence upon dispensing racially equal health care. This, however, does not mean that the feisty old lady is completely free of prejudice herself, as witness her skeptical reaction to daughter Sophia's growing relationship with divorced lawyer Mr. Baines (Geordi Johnson) -- and her simultaneous, wholehearted endorsement of Margaret's romance with wounded GI Tom Hawkings (Kenneth Mitchell). Charms for the Easy Life originally aired August 18, 2002 on the Showtime cable network.

Cast

Gena Rowlands
as Charlie Kate
Kenneth Mitchell
as Tom Hawkings III
Steve Behal
as Charles Nutter
Gary Brennan
as Dr. Trimble
Christine Rottenberg
as Sophia (1909)
Geordie Johnson
as Mr. Richard Baines
David Macniven
as Sophia's Husband
Kirsten Kieferle
as Charlie Kate (1909)
Stella Sprowell
as Mrs. Baines
Dwight McFee
as Tom's Father
Christine Rotenberg
as Sophia (1909)
Joanne Boland
as Tom's Sister
Kayla Perlmutter
as Margaret (as a child)
Ron Kennel
as Charlie's Husband
Maggie Huculak
as Tom's Mother
Ron Kennell
as Charlie's Husband
Judy White
as Louise
Rufus Crawford
as Lynched Man
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  • May 01, 2011
    Gena's great as ever the movie less so.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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