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The Christmas Shoes (2002)

A young boy tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for his dying mother, while a lawyer tries to deal with the break-up of his marriage.

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Robert Layton
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Kate Layton
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Dalton Gregory
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Ellen Layton
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Dr. Julian
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Two separate stories mesh - in the first, a young music teacher, Maggie Andrews, begins dying of a heart condition and her son Nathan tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for her before she dies. In the second, lawyer Robert Layton and his wife Kate are slowly drifting apart and the matter comes to a head during Christmas when Kate takes over for Maggie for the school choir and declines a job in Robert's firm. When Robert's mother passes away, he begins to reconsider things and his and Nathan's paths cross on Christmas Eve as Nathan tries to raise the money for the shoes and Robert tries to get a present for his daughter. Written by crow_steve@hotmail.com

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Les souliers de Noël  »

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The book that the screenplay was based on, was based on the lyric written by Eddie Carswell for the song of the same name - a #1 song by the group New Song. See more »

Goofs

It is supposed to be set in 1985 (as evidenced by the dates on the grave markers at the beginning and end of the film), but many later-generation cars (mostly from the '90s) can be seen throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Maggie Andrews: Honey, what's the matter?
Nathan Andrews: Your heart. I just wanted to see if it was still beating.
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Followed by The Christmas Hope (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Christmas Shoes
Written by Eddie Carswell and Leonard Ahlstrom
Performed by Newsong
Courtesy of Reunion Records
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Rob Lowe, what are you doing here?
7 October 2007 | by (Monaco) – See all my reviews

I cannot believe Rob Lowe left 'The West Wing' for this... In 'The West Wing' his character was a living, breathing thing, here it is nothing more than a cardboard cut-out! What a mistake!

This film was basically well made, decently acted, and very, very sad and depressing. However, the main problem of the movie is the idea behind it, it's way too simplistic, and far too moralist. In its wanting to be a moral beacon, preaching what it believes and spelling it out at such great length that even the mentally handicapped would have understood, it goes way over the top and becomes soapy. In the end this is a film that only overly sentimental grandmothers with advanced sclerosis will really be able to enjoy. Everybody else should better stay away!


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