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Finding John Christmas (2003)

Max, the Christmas angel, returns in a new story as he attempts to reunite a fallen hero with his family and bring dreams back into the life of a nurse struggling to save her E.R. from being closed.

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Kathleen McAllister
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Hank McAllister
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Jennifer Pisana ...
Soccoro Greeley
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Marcy Bernard
Patricia Gage ...
Eleanor McAllister
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Max
David Calderisi ...
Dr. Merkatz
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Antonovitch
Michael Hirschbach ...
Dr. Flynn
Kenny Robinson ...
Pawn Broker
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Brian Heighton ...
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Craig Wood ...
Fire Chief Vasquez
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Divorced nurse Kathleen McAllister becomes depressed as her ER is about to be closed by budget cuts. Delightfully surprised to spot a newspaper picture of her brother hank, who left town 25 years ago, she approaches the photographer, who can't help her as it was a mer coincidence, but the editor smells a gimmick and posts a fat reward for whoever finds the man whom the public dubs 'John Christmas'. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »
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30 November 2003 (USA)  »

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In the opening scenes where Santa's photos are being taken, many of the same people keep crossing in the background repeatedly coming from various directions. See more »

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Follows A Town Without Christmas (2001) See more »

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Even in the summer, it is good to watch
28 July 2008 | by (Goshen, IN, USA) – See all my reviews

I watched this in July and even with the Christmas theme, found it touching and sensitive. It is not for someone with a reality-mind as it is full of fantasy and lovely moments that sometimes don't make sense. William Russ did a grand job as Hank. I have only seen him in the remake of The Long, Hot Summer where he played a weak character. But in this one, the expression in his eyes throughout, as Hank considered the things that were happening to him, was wonderful and tender. Valerie Bertinelli was excellent and lovely as usual and very believable in this role. And Peter Falk as Max was splendid and always brought a smile when he appeared in a number of important scenes. There were many special scenes, including the one where Hank realizes who Max really was in his life. It's not for everyone.....especially those who aren't into 'feel-good' movies and this is definitely one! If you like everything to be perfect and make sense, avoid this one. But I think it is well-worth re-watching, which is why I taped it. (Yes, some of us still have VCRs. :)


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