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Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987)

Not Rated | | Family, Drama | TV Movie 20 December 1987
Willow Creek, Alaska, is going through a depression because the local cannery has shut down putting many of the residents out of work. Ray and Pete are truck-driving brothers, different as ... See full summary »

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Michael
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Charlotte
Antony Holland
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Al
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Mayor Newman
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Edna Mae
Ted Stidder ...
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Chief Cobb
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Thurgood
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Dwayne (as Brian Mac Donald)
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Willow Creek, Alaska, is going through a depression because the local cannery has shut down putting many of the residents out of work. Ray and Pete are truck-driving brothers, different as day and night, who are hired by an old friend to bring Christmas presents and one huge surprise from sunny California up to his home town. Along the way, the brothers and Pete's son Michael argue and get stuck in a blizzard, but finally reconcile with each other. Written by Jeff Olsen

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If ever a town needed a miracle it was Willow Creek. And if ever there's a time for miracles... it's Christmas.

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At the end of the movie, on Christmas day, the residents of Willow Creek (who have no money) are able to hire someone to spray fake snow on Al's house. Something like this would be very costly. Especially at the last minute AND on Christmas day. However, with Domingo, the shepherd's cane being seen next to the front door of the house, it could easily be another Christmas miracle. See more »

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Ray: What would you think about maybe staying in Willow Creek for just a little while and giving this chili business a shot?
Jessie: Well I always figured home is where the people you love are. So if Willow Creek is where you want to be, I'm home.
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Christmas Gift to Alaska
20 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

From LA to tiny Willow Creek Alaska with a semi-load of holiday cheer! I just found this movie in my favorite Seattle video store, and loved it. On the first viewing the acting seemed a little rough, but maybe that's OK - after all it is a truckers film. And a 1987 made for TV one at that. The cinematography is especially good with nice scenes of Alaska and cool long shots of the road. The story is appropriately warmhearted, with maybe just a bit too much brawling, but that's the Hollywood and LA television world for you.

Some really nice incidental moments in this film..... the lonely harmonica solo on a quiet wintry street, the Reno cop quoting Sir Walter Scott, his swish partner wiggling out of the scene in sexy police "tights", and Homer, the town sage, sitting atop the Willow Creek water tower like a four year old in his Santa suit, 'til the spirit of Christmas returns. And it does! The music is fun too. Lots of Opera and opera bashing! Some nice bluegrass, and the Willow Creek holiday band clunking their way through "Good King something or other"..... throughout the show.

Also quite nice, is the way the writer and director portrayed the Christmas miracle/fantasy, just letting it be a part of the ongoing story without making a big deal out of it. The actors handled this very well.

I have to say, if the scene with Jessie and her newborn baby coming out of a snowbound semi with three rowdy, desperate characters doesn't remind you of a modern day Alaskan Highway Nativity.... you need to get your butt back into church this Christmas.

Well, a belated 2013 thank you to all who contributed to the making of Christmas Comes To Willow Creek, a 1987 gem.


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