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The Holly and the Ivy (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 4 February 1954 (USA)
A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their WWII trials

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Celia Johnson ...
Margaret Leighton ...
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John Gregson ...
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Margaret Halstan ...
Maureen Delaney ...
Aunt Bridget (as Maureen Delany)
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Robert Flemyng ...
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Roland Culver ...
Lord B.
John Barry ...
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Dandy Nichols ...
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A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their WWII trials

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Nosso Natal em Família  »

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A Lost Treasure
17 February 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Until recently I had never heard of this little gem of British holiday sentiment. I heard someone call it the "Christmas movie for people who don't like Christmas movies" and the quest to find it was on.

This is the story of a Christmas in which the emotionally wounded family of a Church of England clergyman come home and attempt to have a happy holiday. What happens is not your typical happy tearjerker, nor is it a Christmas nightmare. Its a reasonably realistic, as much as films of the time could be in 75 minutes, look at a family of emotional cripples as they all try to put their lives back on track. The ending while hopeful is far from certain, so much so that I cursed the fact that it didn't go on another five or six hours, my sole complaint about the film.

A word of warning, don't abandon the film until you get to the end. I wasn't enraptured of the film for almost two thirds of its running time. I was interested in what was happening but I didn't know if I liked it, and then suddenly all of the pieces were in place and it became this charming atypical jewel of a movie.

Forget Its a Wonderful Life, watch this instead, its so much more real.


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