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Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift (1990)

TV Movie  -  Comedy | Family | Fantasy  -  December 1990 (USA)
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It's Christmas at Shining Time Station! Stacy Jones is busy helping passengers, Schemer tries to win the role of Santa's helper for the Indian Valley Gala Holiday Pageant, Mr. Conductor ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Tanya (as Nicole Leach)
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Vickie
Brian Edward O'Connor ...
Schemer (as Brian O'Connor)
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Matt
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Mr. Nicholas
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Olga Felgemacher ...
Didi (as Olga Felgemacher Marin)
Alan Semok ...
Craig Marin ...
Vanéese Y. Thomas ...
Ardon Bess ...
Tucker Cooper
Jerome Dempsey ...
Mayor of East Shemp
Mart Hulswit ...
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It's Christmas at Shining Time Station! Stacy Jones is busy helping passengers, Schemer tries to win the role of Santa's helper for the Indian Valley Gala Holiday Pageant, Mr. Conductor tells the kids a story about Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends and helps them deal with a bratty kid, while a kind old passenger, Mr. Nicholas, arrives and brightens the holiday for everybody. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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The credits showed footage of the Locomotive #16 in the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona, which is also the "Northern Star" heard outside the station. It ended up in the Mt. Hood Railroad in Oregon. See more »

Goofs

When Vickie picks up Mr. Conductor, it is clear that he is replaced with a doll. See more »

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Mr. Conductor: Oh, there's Midge Smoot. Don't tell her a secret, she's sure to leak it.
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Edited into Shining Time Station: Scare Dares (1991) See more »

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Shining Time Station
Performed and Composed by Kevin Roth
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A rare treat, one of the best Christmas specials I've seen
28 August 2008 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I have enjoyed watching "'Tis a Gift" every Christmas for about the past ten years and every time I am still touched, amazed, and entertained by this film. Not only does it feature the usual stars like Stacy Jones, Schemer, and Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor but we also get a great role from Lloyd Bridges, guest-starring as Mr. Nicholas, a mysterious man who ends up touching a little girl's life, teaching her the true meaning of Christmas and giving. The discussions and interactions between those two are what makes the film as great as it is. Schemer trying to win over the votes of everyone in the station to elect him as Santa's helper is what gives the film a very funny side as well. The entire cast singing "'Tis a Gift" (the folk song after which the film is titled) is the true highlight of this one hour special. This is a rare film not to be missed. Find it, watch it, and continue to enjoy seeing it year after year.

***1/2 out of ****


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