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Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)

 -  Drama  -  1 December 2006 (USA)
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This Christmas will change the Austin family forever. With a successful career in the wine business, two amazing children and having married his highschool sweetheart Suzie Maxwell, Andrew ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Andrew May ...
Suzie Austin
Helen Welch ...
Rachel Henderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maggie Blazunas ...
Karen's Party Friend
Sarah Christie ...
Nicole Deanna ...
Jodi Dominick ...
Sandy, Sec to Andrew
Lauren Dowden ...
Tracie Field ...
Robert Hawkes ...
Col. Pickerling
Meghan Kelly ...
Snow girl
Clark Langmack ...
William C. Laufer ...
Fr. Johnston
Rose Leininger ...
Snow Mother
Jim Mantel ...


This Christmas will change the Austin family forever. With a successful career in the wine business, two amazing children and having married his highschool sweetheart Suzie Maxwell, Andrew Austin has everything. But life and a past secret quickly bring change and in an instant, life no longer has the order and gentleness it once held. Suzie falls extremly ill and as Andrew struggles to find answers, his children Chris and Mary quietly search for their own. Facing a hectic holiday season, Andrew and family retreat to their summer home on Lake Erie to celebrate their last Christmas in peace. Away from the demands of the city, their world opens up to a moment in time they will never experience again as their small lakeside community quickly brings them its own wonderments. Written by Wm. Laufer

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A film about faith, love and the human spirit



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Rated PG for thematic issues and brief mild language


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1 December 2006 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Helen Welch, who plays the part of Rachel, is the singing voice for Jacqueline "Jack" Hourigan who plays the role of Suzie - Hourigan does a perfect lip sync rendition of two songs which were also written by Helen Welch and her late song writing partner Tim Freebairn. See more »


When It Mattered Most to Me
Written by Helen Welch and Tim Freebairn
Performed by Jack Hourigan and Helen Welch
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A rare and inspiring holiday film that provokes deep discussion. Well done!
14 June 2007 | by (South Florida) – See all my reviews

Touching, sensitive, and a great alternative to the usual holiday fare. This is a beautiful film with a refreshingly talented cast. It has a difficult task of presenting a very sad story so that it is still uplifting and appealing to viewers at a time reserved for happy films. I think the writing is amazing, and the fact that this is a family film (with careful communication between parent viewers and younger child viewers needed)created by a family of filmmakers increases the magic and the obvious care and love that went into it. I am very happy to have been exposed to this movie! So often at holiday time we get only epics or horror films for the teens or goofy comedy movies or cartoons or romance movies that are very light and fun, but it is so rare that a film comes out that has substance, meaning, and a theme of such pure love that can carry and elevate it to a memorable place in people's hearts.

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