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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
Victoria Snow ...
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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An adult successfully gets in touch with her former child-self.
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I have only seen this movie once but was extremely touched by it. The original concept of having a character's past self being able to relate to the present self is terrific. I enjoyed all performances, but I have to say that Hayden Panettiere left a lasting impression. The movie comes to a satisfactory conclusion, leaving a "what-if-I..." flavour with the viewer. Using the Suzie character as part of the rest of the family created a more believable scenario than simply presenting her "as is". I wondered if we would recognize ourselves as children if in the same situation. I tended to think it would be impossible not to - but then again, having seen lots of photos of family and friends as children, I realize it might be possible to see a similarity without instantly identifying oneself in another. This turned out to be a gentle and satisfying little Christmas movie which left room for thought when it was over.


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