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A Town Without Christmas (2001)

In the small town of Seacliff, Wash., a child's letter to Santa Claus captures the nation's attention. When the little boy, Chris, writes that he wishes to leave this world so he will no longer be a burden to his divorcing parents, a race begins to find him before he harms himself.

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In the small town of Seacliff, Wash., a child's letter to Santa Claus captures the nation's attention. When the little boy, Chris, writes that he wishes to leave this world so he will no longer be a burden to his divorcing parents, a race begins to find him before he harms himself. Written by Anonymous

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An unlikely angel guides two strangers into the heart of a miracle

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16 December 2001 (USA)  »

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A Magia do Natal  »

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The first of three movies starring Peter Falk in the role of 'Max', a heavenly guide, written by Michael J. Murray and Ken Gross and directed by Andrew Wolk. The others, 'Finding John Christmas' (2003) and 'When Angels Come to Town' (2004) were produced by Viacom and Paramount respectfully. See more »

Goofs

Despite the propaganda peddled by the news anchor in the opening of the film, in real life you cannot go to a gun store or a pawn shop and just walk out with a gun with fake identification. In real life you have to fill out information which is submitted to the F.B.I. for a background check (which also verifies your identification) and if approved, once the waiting period is over, you can get it. Even in states with no waiting period, you still have to have a permit, which is verified. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) comes by and verifies stock, serial numbers, etc., and if it doesn't match up and guns are missing, the store can be shut down and serious legal matters occur. See more »

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Max: I'll have a brandy Alexander. I like drinks with strippers' names.
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Followed by When Angels Come to Town (2004) See more »

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Well done, but formulaic
18 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this TV movie because I'm a fan of "Everybody Loves Raymond," the sitcom Patricia Heaton is in. I was interested to see Heaton in a different role, as I had only seen her in "Raymond" up to that point.

She did a good job as the cynical TV news reporter, as did all the other actors in their roles.

However, the schmaltzy nature of the film is all too familiar as the tried and true method of tailoring TV movies to suit a female audience. The hard-bitten TV reporter finds true love. The lonely failed novelist solves a mystery from his past And the cute little girl brings her bickering parents back together. Give me a break!

TV movies like this are made for women as much as soap operas are made for women. There is no attempt to attract a mixed audience (except perhaps girls).

I almost quit watching this movie in the first five minutes because the producers made a gratuitous political statement on gun control in the guise of a piece the cynical reporter did for her TV station.

Movie producers would do themselves a favor by keeping politics out of their films unless it serves the plot. Chances are they DID lose viewers in the first five minutes from that gun control bit. I only kept watching because I had it on tape and could zip through the commercials.


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