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Secret Santa (2003)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Family  |  14 December 2003 (USA)
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Newspaper reporter Rebecca Chandler, who feels she got no fair chance to prove her worth in her three years career, looks forward to a Hawaian holiday with her fiancé Ryan, but instead of a... See full summary »

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Newspaper reporter Rebecca Chandler, who feels she got no fair chance to prove her worth in her three years career, looks forward to a Hawaian holiday with her fiancé Ryan, but instead of a ring he brings her- walking orders, he found better. So she accepts again to be the bachelor on duty in the Christmas season, and write the annual romantic non-news feel good-story, once more about the elusive Secret Santa in small-town Hamden, where the Christmas spirit it said to last all year. Bad luck follows her from Indianapolis: her car breaks down, she can only get lodgings in a home for the elderly without Internet, and nobody wants to help her unmask the secret Santa. Soon she guesses it must be the only rich philanthropist, but the popular Mr. John Martin Carter doesn't grant her an interview and isn't tricked either, in fact meets her at the worst repeatedly without her knowing him, until he arranges to be presented at the mayor's Christmas party, then invites her for dinner and proves ... Written by KGF Vissers

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She set out to uncover Santa...and discovered the best gift to open is your heart.

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This was Barbara Billingsley's final acting role before her death on October 16, 2010. See more »

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John Martin Carter hands Rebecca the same glass of apple cider twice at the mayor's Christmas party. See more »

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Russell: Giving is its own reward.
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Unexpected Absolutely Delightful Treat!
18 February 2004 | by (Fairbanks, U.S. Territory of Alaska) – See all my reviews

Each year at Christmas in the humble hamlet of Hamden, Indiana a Secret Santa anonymously gives a gift of great monetary and personal value to someone in need. Each year the `big city' Indianapolis newspaper runs a story but never until now did they send a reporter to cover the story up close and personal. This year Rebecca the fluff reporter, played by Jennie Garth, is sent by her Editor to get the job done. When she arrives she's eager to discover who is the man or woman behind the gift giving. The writing, directing and acting from start to finish is very good bringing out a nice amount of humor and is also able to touch the soul with deep emotion. Less than a half hour into Secret Santa I had some tears in my eyes and that continued with more touching moments now and again throughout. The cast is magnificently charming with Jennie Garth, Barbara Billingsley and Charlie Robinson shining bright. The story isn't preachy by any means, not terribly predictable and in fact is quite a nice little mystery up until near the very end. What's a shame about this, in a way, is that it will only be shown in December because it's a Christmas movie. Secret Santa should be shown at any time during the year because the message of selfless giving is one that everyone can benefit from not only at Christmastime. Including those that are Made-for-TV there are a LOT of Christmas movies. I haven't seen them all but I've seen a majority and automatically with just one viewing this has got to be one of my three or four very favorite. It's not the best movie ever made by any means but I would most definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone any month at all. This is a rare Christmas gem. My grade for this WONDERFUL movie: A!


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