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If You Believe (1999)

TV Movie  |  Drama  |  6 December 1999 (USA)
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Bah! Humbug! Susan Stone is definitely what you'd call a modern-day scrooge. She is a young, jaded book editor who is consumed with self-doubt and has lost the passion and drive that ... See full summary »

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Susan Stone
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Thom Weller
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Robin
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Bob Stone
Jonathan Welsh ...
Dylan Lewis
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Dorinda
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Mark
Anna Starnino ...
Gloria
David Talbot ...
Donald
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Walter
Paul Brown ...
Herbert
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Doctor
Marilyn Boyle ...
Aunt Nelly
Maureen Cassidy ...
Elizabeth Stone
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Bah! Humbug! Susan Stone is definitely what you'd call a modern-day scrooge. She is a young, jaded book editor who is consumed with self-doubt and has lost the passion and drive that defined her childhood persona. On the verge of losing her job and being completely on the "outs" with her family, Susan has nearly given up on happiness. Out of nowhere, a cheerful, carefree seven-year-old girl named Suzie awaits Susan back at her apartment. It turns out that little Suzie is the embodiment of Susan's inner child, she is Susan as she once was years ago. Suzie has come to help the adult Susan rediscover and recapture the love of life that she's lost. Written by DANIEL

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Susan Stone is about to discover the miracle of childhood ... her own.

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Suzie is only supposed to be visible to Susan, but as they watch Tom playing trombone at the Christmas celebrations Suzie shouts "Merry Christmas everyone" and the girl standing beside her turns and looks at her. See more »

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Susan Stone: [to herself at age 7] I'm not talking to you. You're not here. Now put that necklace back, it isn't a toy.
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Outstanding story, cast, characters
2 December 2006 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

Somehow missed this splendid film during the previous six years since it first played.

It is as fine a Christmas movie as possible - due in large measure to the thoroughly engaging performances of the three leads and the characters they portrayed.

Ally Walker is an actress who has the combination of beauty and an "everywoman" persona at the same time. As Susan, along with the charming young Hayden Pomettiere as her alter ego persona as a child, they represent an adult/young duet thoroughly charming and lovable, and often witty where called for. Equally appealing in the role of Thom, the author with whom Susan's editor character becomes involved, is Thomas Weller.

The story proceeds without unnecessary extreme crises, and all of the primary supporting actors and the remainder of the cast are realistic and balanced. Often otherwise excellent stories of this type have portions where the writers seemed compelled to take some character(s) or situation(s) to an extreme, beyond what was necessary. -presumably for some sort of added drama, which more often than not detracts from the story, rather than helping.

Thankfully, this movie wasn't one of those.

This is one which I'd enjoy seeing again as it is re-run during the season.


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