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The story of an improbable romance between a cosmopolitan career woman and a small-town fisherman. When sophisticated New York journalist Edith Iglauer is assigned to go to British Columbia to write a frivolous piece on the fishing industry, she butts heads with local fisherman and notorious loner, John Daly. While she thrives on the fast-paced life of Manhattan, he loathes pretension and could go days without speaking to anyone. But when the two are caught in a perilous situation, they are forced to put aside their pettiness and re-examine their lives. With external factors stripped away, they begin to fall in love. Ultimately, Edith must decide between staying in the glamorous world she has always cherished or leaving it all behind for a chance at love.

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    • Author: Fog
    This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time...Tim Matheson is excellent as a fisherman who loves and respects nature and eventually a beautiful woman. I learned a lot about salmon fishing and the risks the fishermen take to put salmon on our tables. Tantoo Cardinal's explanation of the Indian Ritual was beautiful and so true. So much of the movie was simple, yet powerful and beautiful. I read Edith Iglauer's book and thought it was very good. Even though, the movie takes some liberties, it was easy to see how much John and Edith loved and respected each other in both the book and the movie. My two favorite scenes were when Edith was telling John she had to go back to New York and his response, and then when they got off the boat to walk up to their wedding altar. The way John looked at Edith and placed his hand over hers would melt one's heart. He was so masculine and Edith was so feminine, and yet, she would not only become a part of this rugged life, but make it a part of hers. There is something to be said for going back to nature. Wonderful, wonderful story.
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    • Author: Hinewen
    It takes a romance-loving person to enjoy this movie to the fullest. There are areas of the movie that could have been improved upon as far as the acting/directing categories go. I always try to see beyond the mistakes of everyday human errors and get to the point of the story. Personally, I enjoyed this movie and taped it when it came on television recently. I've enjoyed Tim Mathiason and Jaclyn Smith for as long as I can remember and to have them together in a movie made it that much more enjoyable. To have someone argue and fight as these two did right from the start made it challenging to say the least. But when each finally got their personalities out of the way, they realized they could enjoy each other for what they truly are. Hardworking, intelligent, peace-loving people with principals and an extreme desire to find truth and companionship. Some may say that this movie was a total waste of time and money, let alone the waste of what was an excellent script, but sometimes you have to look beyond the poor directing to see the wonderful love and joy these two people finally brought to each other. I loved the comraderie the local townspeople had for each other and the "spirit" that this story was intended to have. The scenery was incredible and I loved the environmental concerns. If anyone has a chance to see this movie, look beyond the surface and take a glance at what really happened. Personally, I give it a thumbs swearing, violence and it really did have a great story to it.
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    • Author: Djang
    This is a good romantic film and to my surprise it was really touchy. The story is an orthodox one of love. the kind that starts with tensions and resistance and ends up with everlasting love.

    to add more the movie is also giving a clear and simple idea about our lives. It tells us to stop for a moment and ask what are we doing, a question that some poeple rarely give time for.

    The movie was good and i if you like to have a good time and watch a simple direct movie which is not filled with false action please see it and you will not be sorry.
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    • Author: Zuser
    The direction of the film is one of the weakest elements in this movie. Luckily, veteran TV superstars Tim Matheson and Jaclyn Smith are on hand to deliver one of the best romantic performances you'll ever see in the small screen. It's a pity the director didn't give the two more screen time to explore the relationship between the them. It's half bake.

    But this is the kind of movie, you rarely see in Hollywood now a days. The two lead stars are so wonderful to watch and probably one of the best chemistry I've seen on TV. These two should make more movies together!
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    • Author: Swift Summer
    Based on the autobiographical novel by Edith Iglauer, Navigating the Heart is a made-for-TV romance notable only for how its main characters are such gigantic tools. I mean, this is the rudest, most prickly and dismissive couple I've ever seen fall in love. They insult each other and everyone else and display so little patience or empathy for those around them that you're waiting for them to have a knife fight, not fall into each others arms. Weirdly, though, you'll wind up feeling more for these difficult jerks than they or their story necessarily deserves. Perhaps that's merely due to the charms of Jaclyn Smith and Tim Matheson mixed with the unabashed earnestness of Tantoo Cardinal. Whatever the mysterious alchemy, I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I expected.

    Edith Iglauer (Jaclyn Smith) is a New York City journalist working for Manhattan magazine and, to be honest, she's kind of a bitch. Not mean, but completely full of herself and with little regard for the people around her. When her magazine gets sold and the new managing editor (David Andrews) takes Edith away from her political beat and sends her to British Columbia to do a story on the price of salmon, she complies in the most minimalist way she can for an assignment Edith clearly thinks is beneath her. Upon arriving, Edith is belittling to an Indian/Eskimo/Native Canadian/whatever they're called up North (Tantoo Cardinal), who nevertheless takes pity on the white woman and helps her out. She directs Edith to John Daley (Tim Matheson), an ill tempered bastard of a fisherman, in the hopes Edith will decide to do a story on the impending dam project that will destroy the salmon run and their way of life.

    Well, Edith and John spend time with each other and bicker so intensely that it seems like this film will turn into a murder-suicide instead of a love affair. A near death experience on the open water transforms their sizzling, mutual contempt into love and, when her dickish editor demands Edith returns to New York, she must choose between John and the only life she ever thought she wanted.

    Navigating the Heart is a by-the-numbers production, from the charming locals who enlighten the urbanite to the values of rural life to the "they hate each other so much it must be love" relationship between John and Edith to the sassy best friend Edith has in New York. But at only about 90 minutes and structured for TV to have some sort of an important moment every quarter hour or so to keep people tuned in over the commercial break, it all moves briskly enough to prevent the banality from sinking in. That's a backhanded compliment, but not every movie has to try and reinvent the damn wheel. There's nothing wrong with following time tested formulas to produce a competent motion picture, if you do it correctly. These may be familiar notes, besides the amusingly excessive animosity between the soon-to-be lovers, but they're played well enough to make the song worth listening to.

    You won't find anything surprising here, though I was surprised to find out what happened to the real John Daly, but as it can be fun to hear and old song sung by a different voice, it's a pleasure seeing Smith and Matheson effortlessly play out these well worn roles to their satisfying conclusion. While obviously not for anyone who detests the genre, romance fans will get what they want out of Navigating the Heart.
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    • Author: Uscavel
    Yes it's a plain and simple love story that was never going to be an Oscar contender. But not as awful as some think. John and Edith don't fall in love overnight as suggested elsewhere - She's up in BC for 3 weeks before the relationship is fully realised. Secondly the scene on the boat could hardly be called "getting naked" in a sense of ridicule. They merely remove wet clothes to save freezing and covered immediately in blankets the most you ever see of Edith is a bit of bare arm ! I enjoyed the film. Tim Matheson gave as solid a performance as you see regularly on West Wing and he would warrant parts in more aignificant movies than this. Jaclyn Smith looked about 35 instead of the 53 she was when the film was made and was attractive and ultimately heart-warming in the part.

    In summary a nice film to watch on a wet afternoon.
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    • Author: Insanity
    Sure it's predictable...the sunrise is predictable but don't you just love to bathe in its warmth. This is a terrific performance with exquisite acting reserve. Both lead characters are real to perfection played by Tim Matheson and Ms. Smith.

    The co stars do a marvelous job as well. Just sit back and enjoy it. If you've been divorced or lost a love one and tried to start again you can see reality protrayed with honesty so real you can feel it deep down. A quality film.
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    • Author: Debeme
    The first half hour was so predictable, cliche riddled, and stereotype performed, I couldn't force myself to watch any more. Sure Smith, Mathewson, and the scenery are pleasant to look at, but you couldn't like their characters enough or find anything interesting about them to want to watch them change.
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    • Author: Macill
    Okay, it is your typical "they hate each other at FIRST SIGHT" to falling madly in love in the course of a DAY! They are BOTH a couple of rude crabapples that deserve each other. I can't believe that ANY two people who had just met would be so crude and impolite....there was never even a "nice to meet you"...they just went right at it! Of course, when they have to get naked while their boat is sinking (to ostensibly keep each other warm) they become a little friendlier. It is all too much.....and very hard to buy. Don't waste your time.
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    • Author: Rrinel
    Plot is derivative of Crocodile Dundee... sophisticate encounters outdoorsman, culture clash, outdoorsman comes to the city and proves his mettle, both return to the wild and live happily and environmentally ever after. Jaclyn Smith has never looked better... her makeup was flawless, even during the storm and capsize. It took me awhile to recall that I knew Tim Matheson from Animal House, "Otter" the player who beds the Dean's wife. This character is a pleasant diversion for him, and he did well. Also, plot segments are reminiscent of "The Perfect Storm" (experienced sea-goer getting caught out in it) and "African Queen" (with apologies to Bogart and Hepburn... 2 opposites joining forces to battle antagonists). I give it 3 of 10.
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Jaclyn Smith Jaclyn Smith - Edith Iglauer
    Tim Matheson Tim Matheson - John Daly
    David Andrews David Andrews - William Sanders
    Tantoo Cardinal Tantoo Cardinal - Mary
    Lynda Boyd Lynda Boyd - Cara Lieb
    Kevin McNulty Kevin McNulty - Jack Stanton
    Stephen Dimopoulos Stephen Dimopoulos - Howie
    Luc Corbeil Luc Corbeil - Ricky
    Rob Freeman Rob Freeman - Jamie Potts
    Tom Heaton Tom Heaton - Peter
    Frank C. Turner Frank C. Turner - Alan
    Alec Willows Alec Willows - Hayward Patterson
    Ben Cardinal Ben Cardinal - Jake
    Dion Luther Dion Luther - Hank Weston
    Maria Louisa Figura Maria Louisa Figura - Peggy
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