Christmas in Canaan

  • Neill Fearnley (2009)
  • US
  • 90 min
Christmas in Canaan
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Love is the glue in this warm but idealistic family heart-tugger, based on a novel co-written by country singer Kenny Rogers. Opening in 1960s Texas, it sees Billy Ray Cyrus's principled widower initiate an unlikely friendship between his farmboy son and a bookish black classmate when he forces them to spend time together as punishment for fighting each other. One injured puppy and some clunky acting and dialogue later, and the lads have naturally bonded for life: the first in a series of rushed and simplistic resolutions as the episodic narrative then leaps forward seven years. From here, the film covers so much ground that it barely does any event justice, sadly diluting the impact of even the most dramatic moments.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Billy Ray Cyrus. In rural Texas in 1964, a white farmer and a black grandmother force their feuding boys to spend a week together. The result is an unlikely friendship, and the emergence of a bond that will be tested as the boys grow up together.

Cast and crew


Daniel Burton
Billy Ray Cyrus
Tom Heaton
Young Rodney
Jaishon Fisher
Young DJ
Zak Ludwig
Young Sarah
Jessica Mcleod


Neill Fearnley

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