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Silver Bells (2005)

Manhattanite Catherine O'Mara (Heche) bonds with a young man who has run away from his father. When the father returns to New York a year later to sell his Christmas trees, he and Catherine cross paths.

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Cast

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Christy Byrne
Michael Mitchell ...
Danny Byrne
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Bridget Byrne
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Rip
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Sylvester Rheinback
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Lawrence
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Lizzie
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Mrs. Quinn
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Father
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Bill
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Rip's Partner
David Doty ...
Old Man
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Museum Employee
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Rose
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Widower Christopher 'Christy' Byrne makes his preteen son Danny and daughter Bridget help out on the family tree farm, top priority. His year's highlight is selling their Christmas trees in New York. When Danny is sixteen, he runs away there to pursue his own dream, photography. Museum employee Catherine O'Mara securely helps him with assignments and study facilities. Christy and friendly cop Rip keep looking for Danny. But when contact is finally made, Christy still hasn't learned his lesson and Danny pays another cruel price. Written by KGF Vissers

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27 November 2005 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Silver Bells (#55.1)  »

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Goofs

There is a point where "Rip" says to "Christy" that they are doing all they can (to find Danny) - however, he calls "Christy" Christian and then acts like he made a blooper, but I guess they decided not to redo the scene. See more »

Quotes

Christy Byrne: [Speaking to son, Danny] I should have listened to you more. I had dreams for your future. Trouble was they weren't yours.
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Jingle Jangle Christmas
Written by Blaire Reinhard
Performed by Blaire Reinhard
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Disappointing.
27 November 2005 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

I just finished reading the novel "Silver Bells," by LuAnne Rice this last Friday while on vacation in the woods of Tennessee (and by a roaring fire in the fireplace!). I really liked the book, and was anticipating the TV movie. Normally, the Hallmark Hall of Fame productions are enjoyable; and, and I knew they probably would digress from the book a bit to get it into the television time frame. However, as I sit watching this (as I type, in fact!), I find myself very disappointed in how much the movie digresses from the novel. And, while I have nothing against the acting skills of Anne Heche or Tate Donovan, I wouldn't have pictured either of them for the roles they were given. If I had not read the book, I probably would have rated this movie higher; the movie itself is okay, but if it had stuck closer to the original story, it would have been much better.

My suggestion? Skip the movie and read the book--it's magical!


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