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A Time to Remember (1987)

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It is small town America in the 1950's. Twelve year-old Angelo Villano has one dream: to someday sing like his idol, Mario Lanza. His grandmother, Mama Theresa encourages him; and his ... See full summary »

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Father Walsh
Morgana King ...
Mama Theresa
Raymond Serra ...
Frank Villano
Ruben Gomez ...
Angelo Villano
Tommy Makem ...
Father Halloran
Paris Dimoleon ...
Mr. Nicoli
Suzanne Gardner ...
Mary
Mark Mensch ...
Doctor
Alison Case ...
Kelly
Joseph Kakuk ...
Billy
Joseph D'Orio ...
Little John
Anthony Russo ...
Rocco
Vincent J. Burns ...
Joseph
Nadine Dickerson ...
Baby
Lorna Lee ...
Housekeeper
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It is small town America in the 1950's. Twelve year-old Angelo Villano has one dream: to someday sing like his idol, Mario Lanza. His grandmother, Mama Theresa encourages him; and his beautiful voice catches the attention of the formidable but kind Father Walsh who arranges for him to receive formal training. This infuriates Angelo's widowed father, Frank, who wants his son to be a steelworker like him. Determined to "make a man out of him", Frank forbids Angelo from singing. When Angelo is chased by bullies into the path of an oncoming car, he recovers all but his voice, retreating into a silent world that no one can touch. One night, locked in the church basement, the frightened Angelo experiences a spectacular vision, a true Christmas miracle, that changes his life. And when his vision and his voice return during Christmas Eve Mass, no one can deny the beauty and blessing of his amazing gift. Written by Meg McGrath

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Sentiment and song land this on top
26 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

There are at least 3 reasons to watch this drama, (1)if you like most Christmas shows, (2) are a fan of Donald O'Connor, or (3) Tommy Makem. Maybe most of the budget was spent on the stars as the production values and writing suffer. Yet the sentiments and songs win over in the end making this an hour worthwhile to watch. The child star almost steals the show from the vets. The plot has him wanting to sing, but it is a struggle uphill with multiple roadblocks. There are many opera tie-ins, mostly with Mario Lanza and the film, The Great Caruso. Donald O'Connor has a part that would have made Pat O'Brien jealous. O'Connor, a film legend, starting in movies way back in 1937, is best known for "Singin in the Rain" and the Francis the talking mule film series. He made a further connection with Christmas in 1992 with the album, Christmas with Donald and Debbie(Reynolds). It was popular enough to warrant a follow up. Tommy Makem, a well known recording artist with the Clancy Brothers[+ a semi-regular on The Danny Thomas Show] also made a Christmas album. Behind the scenes, some of the people connected with A Time to Remember had very few movie credits. Those that had more include, Editor Larry Marinelli, the sci-fi flick, Battle of the Stars. Make-up artist Bill Forsche also did Beetlejuice and the Exorcist III. Producer Randy Jurgensen is better know for his acting roles in such films as The French Connection and The Godfather. For the past few years, A Time to Remember has shown up on EWTN.


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