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Christmas in Canaan (2009)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Family  -  12 December 2009 (USA)
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DJ and Rodney don't like each other from the start. Rodney thinks DJ is an ignorant white farm boy, and DJ thinks Rodney acts too smart for his own good. After a school bus scuffle between ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Heaton ...
Young Sarah (as Jessica Mcleod)
Candus Churchill ...
Tom McBeath ...
Carl (as Tom Mcbeath)
Older Sarah
Shoup (as Julian D. Christopher)
Paul Herbert ...


DJ and Rodney don't like each other from the start. Rodney thinks DJ is an ignorant white farm boy, and DJ thinks Rodney acts too smart for his own good. After a school bus scuffle between the two, DJ's father and Rodney's grandmother come up with a clever solution that brings the boys closer than either of them would like. Living in Canaan, Texas in the 1960's does not make it easy for a black boy and a white boy to forge a friendship. It is only amid the magic of an unforgettable Christmas that DJ and Rodney discover a land of milk and honey where hope and love make all the difference. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family





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12 December 2009 (USA)  »

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Canaan, Texas is a small town northeast of Denton, Texas, near the Oklahoma border. See more »


Followed by Christmas Comes Home to Canaan (2011) See more »


Swing Down Sweet Chariot
Performed by The Crownsmen Quartet
Featuring: Ronald Ray Cyrus, Bill Watkins, Ronnie Large, Mike Barber & Donny
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Above-average feelgood movie
23 January 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie and its upbeat themes. Quite a bit of the Civil Rights struggle was unpleasant and this film doesn't skip over that. However, the main theme is that through a bit of wisdom and goodwill, we can all change for the better. All the characters in this movie display a dark side to their character but in the end their good sides prevail. The only exceptions to this are Billy Ray Cyrus' character who is a little too "Atticus Finch" and the unrepentant redneck bigot who tries to burn down the meeting tent and ends up running over Little Bobby.

If there is one flaw to this movie it's that it was made on the Canadian West Coast instead of Texas. The first tip-off that this is a made-in-Canada movie is the truck that the Burtons tool around in. It looks like a Dodge but it's a 50s Fargo, a badge-engineered Dodge sold only in Canada, never in Texas. Also, the Canadian West Coast doesn't look anything like the dryland farms on the Oklahoma border. If Hallmark didn't have the budget to make this in the US, they should have made the movie in Southern Alberta, most of which looks like the Texas dry lands. Also, Southern Alberta has enough bigots and rednecks that casting that part would be a snap.

If you ignore the defects and enjoy Billy Ray Cyrus' music, this is a feelgood that actually makes you feel good.

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