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A Christmas Without Snow (1980)

A divorced woman moves to a new city with her child, trying to build her life again. She joins the choir of a local church but has some personality conflicts with the choirmaster, a ... See full summary »

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Zoe Jensen
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Ephraim Adams
Ramon Bieri ...
Henry Quist
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Reverend Lohman
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Muriel
David Knell ...
Terry
Calvin Levels ...
Wendell
Ruth Nelson ...
Inez
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Wendell's Grandma
William Swetland ...
Hartley
Ed Bogas ...
Seth
Daisietta Kim ...
Maisie Kim
Joy Carlin ...
Cora Newman
Anne Lawder ...
Evangeline Burns
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Carol Thorpe
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A divorced woman moves to a new city with her child, trying to build her life again. She joins the choir of a local church but has some personality conflicts with the choirmaster, a curmudgeonly old gentleman who will accept nothing but perfection from his group. As Christmas approaches and the choir practices for a big show and the director pushes them all to their emotional limits, she contemplates quitting the group. Written by Marta Dawes <smdawes@home.com>

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A timeless, rare classic for the holiday season. See more »

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Ephraim Adams: Mrs. Burns is right, of course; you are amateurs, unlike certain pseudo-professionals like myself who insist on slave wages. Your voluntary and steadfast attendance at these rehearsals fully qualifies you for any definition of the word "amateur". What Mrs. Burns and many others are wrong about is the meaning of the word, which has to do with motivation, not quality. Remember "amo, amat, amas", the Latin verb "to love". The meaning of "amateur" is "he or she who does a thing for the love of it"....
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The Messiah
by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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But with a believable script and well drawn characters
13 December 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie again, must be my fourth viewing, and it really holds up. It just never fails to get to me emotionally.

The story is simple, but it is the characters and their backgrounds that engage the viewer. There are no simple solutions to the problems presented, unlike the emotionally manipulative movies of today.

A young widow grieves for her dead husband, someone suffers a stroke, a father and son resolve a tremendous difficulty with a very slow smile at each other and no words are spoken.

Each story stands on its own. A microcosm of life. One does suffer, there is sometimes no magic solution, just a choir and an ambitious undertaking of "The Messiah" to get your mind off the same old, same old.

Michael Learned, what has ever happened to her, a great performance. Also John Houseman being John Houseman, a delight. Not one jarring note from the large cast.

An 8 out of 10. Catch this one if you can.


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