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The Man Who Saved Christmas (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Family  -  15 December 2002 (USA)
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A.C. Gilbert figures out a way to keep Christmas alive after the war threatens to take it away in his name.

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A.C. Gilbert
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Mary
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Frank Gilbert
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Sam Ryder
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Mrs. Gilbert
Daniel Kash ...
Hiram Harris
Jake Brockman ...
Al Jr.
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Charles Gilbert
David Talbot ...
Ben
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Brad Borbridge ...
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Secretary Daniels
François Klanfer ...
Craig Gardner ...
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Although their own father, bank Charles, refuses them a loan to start a novelty American toys company to rival the established German import, the brothers A.C. and Frank succeed, especially with constructive and educational products. When the US gets dragged into Word War I, Frank enlists and Franklin Roosevelt's government recruits A.C. as consultant to convert factories like theirs for the war effort. Yet his gifted preteen son, whose schoolmates meanly turned on the 'Christmas killer's kid', ends up convincing him to refuse canceling Christmas and even resume toy production. Written by KGF Vissers

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He couldn't stop the war, but he wouldn't let the war stop Christmas.

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Biography | Drama | Family | War

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O Homem Que Salvou o Natal  »

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In a scene set during the 1910s, the "A. C. Gilbert" logo on the truck door is printed in Aachen Medium, a font that was released in 1977. See more »

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Frank Gilbert: [after giving a Christmas gift to A.C. Gilbert] You don't know how hard it was finding you something you didn't invent!
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a perfect holiday film
16 December 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

After his latest series bombed and he was reduced to doing Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials, Jason Alexander makes a refreshing return to TV in this true story based on the life of toy inventor A.C. Gilbert, who created the now-famous Erector Set. During World War I, Gilbert was persuaded to have his factory staff produce weapons and ammo for American troops fighting overseas instead of toys. The decision caused him to forget about the true meaning of the holidays and neglect his wife and son. With their persuasion, however, and his older brother missing in action in Europe, Gilbert and his staff decided to start marketing toys again and took their decision all the way to the Supreme Court.

Alexander gives a wonderful performance, and Ed Asner does a remarkable job playing Gilbert's father, who also tends to have a Scooge-like attitude during Christmas but is finally rejuvenated at the end of the movie, when his presumed-dead son returns home from Europe after the end of the war.


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