The Christmas Blessing (2005)

TV Movie  |  TV-G  |   |  Drama, Family, Romance  |  18 December 2005 (USA)
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A young doctor encounters romance and deals with his past when he returns to his hometown during the holidays.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Andrews
Meghan Sullivan
Charlie Bennett
Jack Andrews
Tucker Bennett
Robert Clinton ...
Dr. Goetz
Lydia Jones
Patricia Casey ...
Doris Wilson
William Bradley
Jay D. Sodergren ...
Margherita Donato ...
Sean Addison
Kate Ryan ...


Nathan Andrews, a medical resident, goes back home to his small town after he loses a teenager on the operating table. He joins his dad and his mechanic's business and becomes a basketball coach to some youths. Here he meets Charlie and Meghan. This is based on a novel by Donna VanLiere and a continuation of "The Christmas Shoes." Meghan is trying to start up a day care business for single, working mothers and Charlie is ill. All their lives are connected and Nathan meets someone from his past. Written by soccer_player7

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Miracle of the Heart  »

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A bit of a tear jerker but a decent TV movie
19 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This was pretty good, one of those made for TV, Christmas (ie) type movies. This one is based on a book and apparently a continuation of an earlier movie "The Christmas Shoes", although I didn't see that one and it didn't matter in regards to the story here. Anyways, Neil Patrick Harris plays a young doctor who returns to his hometown after losing a patient on the operating table. His plan is to give up medicine and work with his widowed father in his garage.

Harris does a decent job here, I mean its a TV movie so its not like he had to push his acting abilities. He does have some good scenes with Angus T. Jones from 'Two and a Half Men' and a plausible enough romance with Rebecca Gayheart who also does a good job. Rob Lowe is in this too, sort of a cameo type role but imperative to the story and enjoyable as always.

I have to say this was a bit of a tearjerker, way sadder than I was expecting especially if you lost a parent as a child. Several of the characters also go through life threatening situations (requiring Christmas miracles and such) with not all of the outcomes favourable. Oh and apparently recovery time for a liver transplant is about 12 hours.

Filmed in Canada -Alberta (as most made for TV movies seem to be) this features a bunch of Canadian talent and I particularly enjoyed Hugh Thompson as the widowed father and Shaun Johnston of 'Heartland' fame. 12/14/14

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