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Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987)

TV Movie  |   |  Family, Drama  |  20 December 1987 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Ansley ...
Joy Coghill ...
Antony Holland
Dwight Koss ...
Mayor Newman
Barbara Russell ...
Edna Mae
Ted Stidder ...
Robert Forsythe ...
Chief Cobb
Charissa Reeves ...
Geordie Needham ...
Brian MacDonald ...
Dwayne (as Brian Mac Donald)


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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20 December 1987 (USA)  »

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Hristougenna stin Alaska  »

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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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Brotherhood and love over the long haul in this Christmas movie
26 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those Christmas movies about modern day redemption and reconciliation. The plot of "Christmas Comes to Willow Creek," is good. The script, acting and direction are just fair. Improvements in any of these areas would lift the rating of the film a notch or two. John Schneider and Tom Wopat of "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV fame are two brothers on the outs over a woman. The plot jumps between the brothers in California at the trucking firm they drive for, headed by Hoyt Axton as Al; and Al's hometown, Willow Creek, Alaska.

I enjoyed the scenic shots, especially once Ray and Pete hit the road, with Pete's son, Michael, in tow. The incidents they get into on the trip add some zest to the movie. The northern end of the trip was filmed in the Yukon Territory. All in all, this is an OK movie that most will enjoy. Those who remember watching The Dukes of Hazard on TV may think they're watching scenes from that series – in some of the skirmishes Ray gets into. Minus Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco Coltrane, of course.

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