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The Christmas Gift

  • 2009
  • David S Cass Sr
  • 96 mins

Summary

Seasonal drama starring Dean Cain and Jean Louisa Kelly. Three orphan boys who have a history of bad behaviour move in with a childless couple for the Christmas holiday, and what happens next will change their lives for ever.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

In this flimsy heart-tugger, a couple desperate for children (Dean Cain and Jean Louisa Kelly) take in three troublesome orphans for the festive period. But though the so-called "Holy Terrors" have limited charm for viewers - especially when all they do is bicker - it's immediately obvious from Kelly's infatuated expression what the outcome of their stay will be. Consequently, the bulk of the film feels like padding in preparation for the happy-ever-after ending, as veteran TV director David S Cass Sr piles on the simplistic morals and messages to remind the audience of the magic of kids and Christmas. Where the drama works best is in the scenes exploring the vulnerability behind the boys' fake bravado, which add moments of much-needed poignancy to an otherwise emotionally bland tale.

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Credits

Cast

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Jack GreenDean Cain
Cherie GreenJean Louisa Kelly
Rita GreenMimi Kennedy
RaySpencir Bridges
MikeDylan Sprayberry
RodneyReginald VelJohnson
HenryAlex Zubarev

Crew

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DirectorDavid S Cass Sr

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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