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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Touching, romantic movie

Author: jsolinas (jsolinas@erols.com) from Westminster, MD
1 January 2001

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

*****WARNING. MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW*****

The follow-up to the Christmas Box TV-movie does not disappoint--my only disappointment is that this unknown gem is not on video. It should be!

Kevin Kilner stars as the cynical businessman David Parkin who is warmed by the presence of his new English secretary Mary Anne Chandler (who later is the endearing widow of "Christmas Box"). Though he asks her to marry him, there is a problem: She's pregnant. Regardless, the two manage to overcome their obstacles, only to be hit by something terrible.

Mary and David are the perfect couple, loving and tender and totally believable. I've only seen Kilner in one other role--that of the first lead on Earth: Final Conflict--and was not impressed by his acting abilities. This movie, however, lets him shine. Watts is excellent as the woman whose hardships forge her into a much stronger person.

James Earl Jones is a jewel as Lawrence Flynn, an elderly black man who forges fearlessly through the prejudice of some of the town's residents, alongside his friend, Miss Maud Gannon. Richard Thomas doesn't really star--he's in a cameo, at best, artificially aged, but it's a good cameo that sets up the whole movie. The girl playing little Andrea Parkin is pretty good for a child actor, but not stellar.

Like "Box," this movie has some drastic differences from the book, but in a good way--it's more suited for television, while Evans' books are best suited for, well, books.

If this movie airs where you live, be certain to watch it. Touching, romantic, sweet, funny, tragic, it's a movie that opens your heart.

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Love is just a piece of time

7/10
Author: helpless_dancer from Broken Bow, Oklahoma
21 April 2002

Good prequel to "Christmas Box": takes us back to WW2 and shows how Mrs. Parkin met her mate and came to own a special timepiece which is handed down to her 'heirs'. I wanted to know more about the watch before it came into Lawrence's hands and, also, what became of Mr. Parkin. This is a real 2 hanky flic and could have been beefed up a tad more, but was still a winner.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

If you loved The Christmas Box you will love Timepiece...

Author: Tim from Akron, Ohio
2 August 2003

Timepiece is one of those movies that you get hooked into.

The follow-up to The Christmas Box TV-movie does not disappoint, Timepiece is a gentle but powerful story. Has a great cast with James Earl Jones leading the way.. A must see during the holiday season!!!!

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