A developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need sets out to convince his family - and their whole rural community - to participate in a local shelter's... See full summary »
A developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need sets out to convince his family - and their whole rural community - to participate in a local shelter's inaugural "Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program." Written by
This teleplay was based on a novel of the same name by author Greg Kincaid, who himself appeared at the end of the telecast on its original air date, along with his adopted dog, Rudy, to make a personal appeal for dog adoption. See more »
Just watched this film and had to look it up, because I really enjoyed it.
Had to laugh, though, at the comment from sdquinn2-1, who claimed Bruce Greenwood was "too young" to have played a Viet Nam Vet. Excuse me? He's an actor, and a good one. He could probably portray someone of 80 with the right makeup. My husband is 57 and would, but for the grace of God, have been a Viet Nam Vet. He looks so much like Bruce Greenwood's character in this film, they could have played brothers. Kudos to Hallmark's casting director for getting it right. So many assume these Vet's are ALL like the guys on skid row holding signs that say, "Will Work For Food" then drinking whatever cash they receive. Hallmark did a great service to all the good looking, law abiding Vets who did serve, and continue to serve their communities as Ham Radio operators, Boy Scout leaders, and in many other volunteer efforts. Some of these men are still quite handsome. Perhaps some magazine should have a "Hottest Viet Nam Vet" contest. I could nominate several men. ;)
The stamp may not have been a mistake either. Families who had APO addresses were able to send letters directly to their servicemen and women, but girlfriends (like me) often had to send letters through regular mail to our serviceman's family, and have them forwarded to the trooper. I bought plenty of postage stamps to mail letters to my friends serving in Viet Nam.
All this aside, Sdquinn, the film was based on a book. Was the lead character in the book a Viet Nam War Vet? Authors hate to have their stories changed too much just to simplify a film.
Thanks, Hallmark, for once again providing excellent family films. I wish you'd make one about a talented opera singer, and cast my daughter. ;) /nm1965004/
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