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Brush With Fate

  • The Girl in Hyacinth Blue (Working title)
TV Movie | 2002 | USA

    Brief synopsis

    As he settles into his new job at an American prep school, an art teacher, (Thomas Gibson) is approached by a reclusive historian Cornelia Engelbrecht (Glenn Close, Sarah, Plain and Tall) who believes he alone will appreciate a secret treasure she has long guarded - an unknown Vermeer painting. Although Richard is overwhelmed by its beauty, he doubts its authenticity. How could such a masterpiece be hidden for centuries? Drawing upon a lifetime of singularly focused devotion to its history, Cornelia reveals the secrets behind the mystery of "Girl in Hyacinth Blue." From the moment three centuries ago when an impoverished Dutch artist painted the beautiful image of his daughter seated at an open window, the legendary masterpiece has been admired, coveted and pursued by its owners - from impoverished farmers to a wealthy society woman (Ellen Burstyn). All forever entwined in its legacy and unknowing participants in its future.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
    Ellen BurstynRika [L]
    Glenn CloseCornelia Englebrecht [L]
    Thomas GibsonRichard [L]
    Phyllida LawMaria [SR]
    Kelly MacdonaldAletta [SR]


    Director's DepartmentdirectorBrent Shields
    Makeup Departmentmakeup artist / hair stylist Petra SchaumannUS-TV / Cast
    ProducerproducerBrent Shields
    Producerexecutive producerRichard Welsh
    Producerassociate producerCameron Johann
    Production Mgt.line producerBerry van Zwieten
    ScreenplayscreenwriterRichard Russo
    Screenplayliterary sourceSusan Vreeland
    Stuntsstuntman/woman Christian Hebenstreit

    Production companies

    Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions [us]

    Distributing companies

    Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) [us]