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Christmas in Canaan -- An unlikely friendship blossoms between two 10 year-old boys from different backgrounds during the racially charged backdrop of rural Texas, 1964. Through the years into manhood, prevailing attitudes and the growing civil rights movement severely test their friendship. In the end, they will discover that despite people's differences, it's the memories you make that determine your happiness and peace in life.
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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
12 December 2009 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Billy Ray Cyrus ... Daniel Burton
Tom Heaton ... Wylie

Jaishon Fisher ... Young Rodney

Zak Ludwig ... Young DJ

Jessica McLeod ... Young Sarah (as Jessica Mcleod)

Darien Provost ... Young Bobby
Candus Churchill ... Eunice

Tom McBeath ... Carl (as Tom Mcbeath)

Matt Ward ... Older Rodney

Jacob Blair ... Older DJ

Emily Tennant ... Older Sarah

Brendan Meyer ... Older Bobby

Julian Christopher ... Shoup (as Julian D. Christopher)
Paul Herbert ... Clancey

Rukiya Bernard ... Charlene
Stefanie Samuels ... Angela

Ben Cotton ... Jake

Lossen Chambers ... Celie
Neill Fearnley ... Clark
Nico McEown ... Jimmy Ray (as Nico Mceown)

Stacee Copeland ... Nurse
Arien Boey ... 4 Year Old Bobby
John John ... Younger Bandit
Doolittle ... Older Bandit (as Dolittle)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carolyn Adair ... Nurse

Directed by
Neill Fearnley 
Writing credits
Donald Davenport (teleplay) (as Donald J. Davenport)

Kenny Rogers (book) and
Donald Davenport (book)

Produced by
Dan Angel .... executive producer
Ted Bauman .... executive producer
Howard Braunstein .... executive producer
Randy Cheveldave .... producer (as Randolph Cheveldave)
Neill Fearnley .... associate producer
Michael Jaffe .... executive producer
Margaret Loesch .... executive producer
Lindsay Moffat .... associate producer
Nancy Welsh .... associate producer
Daniel Wilson .... consulting producer
Original Music by
John Sereda (music composed by)
Paul Michael Thomas (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Michael Balfry (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jana Fritsch 
Casting by
Candice Elzinga 
Production Design by
James Hazell 
Set Decoration by
Josh Plaw 
Costume Design by
Angelina Kekich 
Makeup Department
Kari Anderson .... second makeup
Katherine Collins .... makeup/hair swing
Savannah Falk .... swing hair/makeup
John L. Healy .... key makeup artist (as John Healy)
Deborah Kliewer .... hair stylist
Production Management
Dawn Knight .... post-production supervisor
Nancy Welsh .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dale Bredeson .... third assistant director
Mike Crain .... first assistant director
David Heimbecker .... second assistant director
Jason Still .... trainee assistant director
Matthew Tingey .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Thomas Craib .... set dresser
Chris Nohel .... assistant set decorator
Marc Price .... assistant props
Stu Salter .... set dresser (as Stuart Salter)
Kevin Santarosa .... props master (as Kevin Santarossa)
Baron Shaver .... construction coordinator
Kennedy Telford .... lead dresser
Greg Williams .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Kevin Belen .... foley editor
Kris Casavant .... sound effects editor (as Chris Casavant)
Kelly Cole .... sound re-recording mixer
Matt Dawson .... adr mixer
Matt Dawson .... walla mixer
Hugo DeLaCerda .... backgrounds editor (as Hugo De La Cerda)
David Green .... sound effects editor
Kirby Jinnah .... sound supervisor
Laurie Melhus .... post audio manager
Bill Mellow .... sound re-recording mixer
Glen Noseworthy .... foley mixer (as Glenn Noseworthy)
Paul Novokshonoff .... boom operator
Steve Smith .... sound designer
Kevin Townshend .... dialogue editor
Joe Watts .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Weakes .... sound mixer
Christopher M. Ray .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Will Volkmann .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Joe Watts .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Joe Watts .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Allinson .... special effects coordinator (as Dave Allinson)
Brant McIlroy .... special effects assistant (as Brant Mcilroy)
Scott McKay .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Romald Geoffery .... visual effects (as Geoffery Antony)
Clay Virtue .... stunt coordinator
Danny Virtue .... stunt coordinator
Brent Connolly .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brittany D. Allan .... grip (as Brittney Allan)
Austin Balfour .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Geoff Dane .... best boy
Geoff Dane .... generator operator
Nicholas Dent .... grip
Moni El Batrik .... camera trainee (as Moni Elbatrik)
Jordan Ewan .... camera trainee
Matt Hooker .... lighting technician
Elizabeth House .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Liz House)
Chris Large .... still photographer
Justin Lee .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Damon Moreau .... Steadicam operator
Damon Moreau .... camera operator: "a" camera
Adrian Netto .... best boy
Craig Powell .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jim Powers .... grip (as Jimmy Powers)
Emmanuelle Rousseau .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jeff Smith .... key grip
Jim Swanson .... gaffer
Rob Tucker .... dolly grip
Knesha Yu .... lamp operator
Casting Department
Linda LaBelle .... extras casting (as Linda Labelle)
Martina Smyth .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amie Hamer .... costume set supervisor
Marie Hock .... assistant costume designer
Lisa Cottingham .... truck costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Romald Geoffery .... colourist (as Geoffery Antony)
Romald Geoffery .... on-line editor (as Geoffery Antony)
Brae Norwiss .... first assistant editor
Transportation Department
Jeremy Alexander .... driver: cable truck
Gordon Alyward .... transport captain (as Gord Alyward)
Bob Chase .... driver: special equipment
Jim Farara .... driver: special equipment (as James Farrara)
Cameron Foss .... transport coordinator
Chris Foss .... driver: cast
Richard Mayencourt .... driver: special equipment
Morris Tancredi .... driver: cast
Other crew
Dave Carlson .... chef
Mark Dumas .... animal coordinator
Andrew Fearnley .... title design
Cathy Fullerton .... production coordinator
Lorrin Gary .... accounting clerk (as Lauren Moffat)
Devon Gunderson .... first assistant coordinator
Tom Hoeverman .... location manager
Rhys Johnson .... stand-in
Krista Johnston .... clearances
Lynn Josephson Delaney .... executive assistant to executive producer
Barry Liu .... assistant: Mr. Fearnley
Otto Mak .... assistant location manager
Christopher Mehl .... assistant to executive producer
Lindsay Moffat .... production accountant
Tony Peterson .... chef: Dine & Dash (as Anthony Peterson)
Lisa Rerrie .... script supervisor
Carleen Rose .... production intern
Cybelle Sarrazin .... key production assistant
Jamie Skelton .... key production assistant
Maureen Sugrue .... sous chef: Dine & Dash (as Maureen Surgue)
Wayne Toews .... key production assistant
Julia Torchine .... assistant to executive producer
Victor Van Der Merwe .... second assistant coordinator
Dawn Walnoha .... production assistant
Jay Williams .... stand-in
Ali Yates .... craft service
Ali Yates .... first aid
Blaine G. Houserman .... payroll (uncredited)

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86 min | USA:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Canaan, Texas is a small town northeast of Denton, Texas, near the Oklahoma border.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Christmas Comes Home to Canaan (2011) (TV)See more »
Christmas AngelSee more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Hooray for Emily!, 19 December 2009
Author: bobbadger-1 from United States

I saw what I considered to be a few inconsistencies in the movie. However, even though I grew up in a small town in Texas, it wasn't close Canaan because Taylor (the other town mentioned in the movie) is close to four hundred miles from my hometown. And I didn't grow up in rural Texas in the sixties. It was the fifties. So that probably explains the few scenes that I considered had strayed from historical and social accuracy because I was busy being a teenager in the sixties and wasn't paying close attention to society or history.

Those perceived anomalies notwithstanding, I was awed by the performance of Emily Tennant as Sarah/Sissy. Even though she played the character of a teenage girl quite convincingly, some of her more dramatic scenes perfectly depicted a young woman much older and more mature than her years. Her body language and facial expressions, especially during the scene on the porch with the father after Rodney's mother had come to claim him, made me think that she was, in fact, the "momma" of the family instead of merely being the eldest child. There was no doubt that she intended to protect all her family from any harm she could possibly thwart. During the film, the character nurtured every other character in the family, and Emily's portrayal was magnificently and convincingly accomplished.

The writer, all the actors, the director and crew deserve accolades for a wonderful story.

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