A Grandpa for Christmas (2007)

TV Movie  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  24 November 2007 (USA)
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Bert is an old-time movie-star singer/ hoofer, who's retired from showbiz and estranged from his daughter and 9-year-old granddaughter, Becca. Bert, about to sell his house and move into a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Quinn K. Redeker ...
Jack Fast (as Quinn Redeker)
Ashley Gee (as Justine Rose Dorsey)
Ruth Silveira ...
Alaina Talebreza ...


Bert is an old-time movie-star singer/ hoofer, who's retired from showbiz and estranged from his daughter and 9-year-old granddaughter, Becca. Bert, about to sell his house and move into a retirement home, suddenly finds himself caring for Becca when her mom is hospitalized - and the bond between the two of them grows (Bert takes Becca to school everyday; she meets his old show-biz friends). Written by Anonymous

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24 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bert & Becca  »

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In the scene where Becca has on a pink vest, when she is talking to Bert her hair is clearly messy, the next scene at school it is neatly braided in two braids. See more »


Written By: Scott Nickoley, Jamie Dunlap, and Stephen Lang
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Call me sentimental, but I loved it
18 February 2008 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

A sweet story to watch while sitting in the glow of a Christmas tree, and sipping some hot chocolate.

The cast are wonderful. Ernest Borgnine plays a senior named Bert who learns his long-estranged daughter was involved in a car accident, and he is the only relative of a granddaughter he didn't even know existed. Now the lonely old guy, used to playing chess in the park with his friend, or hanging out and reminiscing with his group of former movie folks at a local cafe, is asked to take the child in while his daughter recovers from her severe injuries.

Juliette Goglia, as Becca, Bert's granddaughter, is a gem. She and Borgnine play off each other very well, trading playful barbs right and left, and their growing affection is showcased sweetly. Goglia's portrayal of an awkward tween, who brightens with the encouragement of Bert, is really well done. There are themes throughout the story of bonding, forgiveness, understanding, healing, and other issues families deal with. Look for Kris Nelson, Jamie Farr, and some other familiar faces in the cast; an appealing group who all do well in their roles, and looked to be enjoying working together and having fun making the film. Nice Christmas traditions are incorporated into the film in wonderful ways, even things as simple as tree-trimming and a Christmas Eve pageant. Goglia has a wonderful singing voice, by the way.

This was a pleasant Christmas treat, with a very touching and uplifting sentimentality.

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