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'The Color of Rain' a romantic movie based on true story

"The Color of Rain" is a Hallmark Original Movie, based on a true story, that premiered on Hallmark Movie Channel on May 31, 2013. The move is based on the New York Times Bestselling Book The Color of Rain by Michael and Gina Spehn.

Warren Christie and Lacey Chabert star in The Color of Rain on Hallmark Movie Channel.
courtesy of Crown Media/Bettina Strauss used with permission

"The Color of Rain" tells the true story of Gina Kell and Michael Spehn, who lost their spouses to cancer just six weeks apart. The movie stars Lacey Chabert (“Party of Five,” “Mean Girls”), as Gina Kell, and Warren Christie (“Alphas,” “Happy Town”), as Michael Spehn. A picture of the The Spehn family, along with the cast of the movie, is included in the attached photo slideshow.

The movie opens with young husband and father Matt Kell making a video tape for his young sons. Matt succumbs to his terminal cancer diagnosis on Christmas day 2005, leaving his widow, Gina (Chabert) and two young boys to cope with the pain of his loss.

The Kells belong to close church community and they receive loving support from Pastor Karl (Alex Zahara), family and friends. Gina wants to be close to her boys so she starts to volunteer at the church elementary school, where she meets the Spehn children, Jack (Logan Williams), Danny (Callum Airlie) and Charlotte (Alison Thornton).

In a gut-wrenching coincidence, the Spehn family experiences loss just weeks after Matt’s death. Cathy Spehn is hospitalized with a headache which turns out to be an inoperable brain tumor, leaving her distraught husband, Michael (Christie), to care for their three kids on his own.

Matt and Cathy had been childhood friends from school, but their spouses never met. Gina attends Cathy's funeral, where she meets Michael for the first time.

Gina and Michael lean on eachother through their grief as they deal with their tragic losses. Friendship develops between the parents and the children become fast friends. Soon, the two families are spending time together, as they all heal with laughter, compassion and faith.

As the families intertwine, Gina and Michael realize that their friendship is blossoming into love. They wonder if it could really be that easy, but are surprised when friends and family object to the new romance and plans to unite the two families as one. Eventually, they overcome the obstacles and open their hearts to love again. The movie ends with their wedding, all five children standing up as attendants.

The cast of "The Color of Rain" includes: Lacey Chabert (Gina Kell), Warren Christie (Michael Spehn), Alex Zahara (Pastor Karl), Lisa Durupt (Colleen), Sean Michael Kyer (Sam), Seth Isaac Johnson (Drew), Alison Thornton (Charlotte), Logan Williams (Jack), Callum Airlie (Danny), Allyson Grant (Cathy) and Matthew Kevin Anderson (Matt).

Michael and Gina Spehn now live in Rochester, Michigan. They co-founded a nonprofit organization, The New Day Foundation for Families, to help families with young children who have been affected by cancer. They co-host a radio talk show called Your Family Matters in Detroit and speak around the country on the topics of grief, hope and family issues.

“The Color of Rain” is A Lighthouse Pictures production in association with La Canada. Executive Producers are Dan Paulson, David Permut and Shawn Williamson. Anne Wheeler directed from a script written by Nancey Silvers, which is based on the book 2011 book The Color of Rain by Michael and Gina Spehn.

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