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David Alexander (written by)
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Release Date:
24 November 2007 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Bert is an old-time movie-star singer/ hoofer, who's retired from showbiz and estranged from his daughter and 9-year-old granddaughter... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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(5 articles)
User Reviews:
Call me sentimental, but I loved it See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Harvey Frost 
 
Writing credits
David Alexander (written by)

Produced by
Brian Gordon .... producer (as Brian J. Gordon)
Robert A. Halmi .... executive producer (as Robert Halmi Jr.)
Larry Levinson .... executive producer
Nick Lombardo .... co-executive producer
Brian Martinez .... associate producer
Michael Moran .... co-executive producer
Erik Olson .... producer
Tracey Washington .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Lawrence 
 
Cinematography by
Brian Shanley (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jennifer Jean Cacavas 
 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
Amy Beth Reece  (as Amy Reece)
 
Production Design by
Niko Vilaivongs 
 
Set Decoration by
Steven M. Luna (production assistant)
Shauna McDowell 
 
Costume Design by
Amanda Vinopal  (as Amanda Scholl)
 
Makeup Department
Amber Marie Kypragoras .... key hair stylist (as Amber Marie Garcia)
Jessica Lindholm .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Brian Gordon .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rachel Baker-Thienes .... second second assistant director (as Rachel Baker)
Athena Pesante .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Pedro Aguilera .... set dresser
Greg Castle .... leadman
Emily Dawson .... buyer
Melanie Hubbard .... property master
Nancy Marchionda .... buyer
Jason Mueller .... assistant property master
Thomas J. Rasera .... swing
Daniel Tellez .... set dresser
Andrew T. Weaver .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Josh Bissett .... boom operator
Bradford Craig .... boom operator
Houston Guy .... boom operator
Matt McGowin .... boom operator (as Matthew McGowan)
Bill Reinhardt .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
John Peeler .... visual effects coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Barron .... camera operator
Dimitris Bogiantzis .... camera operator
Dimitris Bogiantzis .... gaffer
Amanda Marie Campbell .... electrician
Brian M. Fisher .... electrician
Corey Giann Antonio .... lighting technician
Justin Jeung .... first assistant camera
Kaiyoti .... grip
Dominick Kypragoras .... best boy electric
Dominick Kypragoras .... gaffer
Eric McCandless .... still photographer
Brandon Musselman .... electrician
Dawn Nakamura .... second assistant camera
Scott Probe .... dolly grip
Marshall Rao .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Christine Babayans .... casting associate
Heather Sirota .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zac Heath .... key costumer
Mayumi Masaoka .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kevin Gieseking .... post-production coordinator
Frank Sharp .... post-production coordinator
David Urbina .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Richard Streeter .... location manager
 
Transportation Department
Chris Attia .... driver
 
Other crew
Katie Eastridge .... script supervisor (as Katie Hodgkins)
Matt Fitzsimons .... production executive
Dean Galanis .... production assistant
Gail Gomez .... production accountant
Marisa La Tour .... staff assistant
Dawn DeBenedetto Maurer .... studio teacher
Barbara Palka .... production assistant
Amanda Phillips Atkins .... development coordinator (as Amanda Phillips)
Jessica Prins .... payroll accountant
James Roddy .... production assistant
Elijah Runcorn .... adr voice
Roberta Sutter .... set teacher
Chang Tseng .... production coordinator
Ryan Witherspoon .... assistant production coordinator
 

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90 min (including commercials)
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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Early in the school concert a girl dressed as an elf is on stage singing to a piano accompaniment, however Roxy the pianist is sitting at the piano but not playing it.See more »
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »
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LatelySee more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Call me sentimental, but I loved it, 18 February 2008
Author: MartianOctocretr5 from Redondo Beach, CA

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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