T. C. Christensen’s film 17 Miracles was released in 2011 by Excel Entertainment Group. Based on the actual experiences of members of the Willie Handcart Company of Mormon Pioneers following their late-season start and subsequent winter journey to Salt Lake City in 1856, the film emphasizes in particular the miracles documented by individual participants during the journey. The film was released in select theaters across the United States in the summer of 2011, and distributed by Deseret Book Co. and affiliated retailers.
When Levi Savage, a former Mormon Battalion member and missionary to Asia, agrees to assist the Willie Handcart Company as they journey to Salt Lake City in 1856, the late start and onset of a bitter winter leaves the pioneers unprepared and suffering as they cross the plains of the Midwestern United States. With the threat of winter starvation, illness, wolves, freezing river crossings and death following them throughout their journey, Levi and others also witness the occurrences of divine miracles that enable them to complete their journey and arrive in Salt Lake City.
As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage (Jasen Wade) feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death. What he came to find out is that for every tragedy, there is a multitude of miracles.
Levi Savage kept meticulous records as he made his journey west toward the Salt Lake Valley. Many of the unbelievable miracles showcased in 17 Miracles come directly from Levi's first hand journal entries.
Based on unbelievable actual events, and brought to you by filmmaker T.C. Christensen (Praise to the Man, The Work and the Glory), 17 Miracles will open your eyes to the stories of the Mormon Pioneers as you have never seen them before. Something extraordinary is about to happen.
Jasen Wade ... Levi Savage
Emily Wadley ... Elizabeth Panting
Jason Celaya ... George Padley
Natalie Blackman ... Sarah Franks
Bruce Newbold ... The Traveller
Savanna Kylie Lewis ... Bodil Mortensen
Caitlin E.J. Meyer ... Tamar Loader
Bailee Michelle Johnson ... Mary Hurren
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aiden Beagley ... Levi Mathers Savage - 4 years old
Travis Eberhard ... Albert
Chantel Flanders ... Elizabeth Mellor
Sean D. Hunter ... Chester
Tomas Kofod ... Jens Nielson
Antonio Lexerot ... Fredrick Panting
Ivey Lloyd ... Patience Loader