An overly win-driven sportscaster goes too far and must perform community service during December as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Dalt
Jason Dalt
Major Melvin Lowell
Piper Dalt
Russell Wolfe ...
Jim Morgan
Kasey Dalt
Lesley Stiles
Ref #1
Ryan Newman ...
Ref #2
John Benchley ...
Food Volunteer
Kym Whitehead ...
Roberta Lowell
Judy Gage
Thomas Richert ...
Arlo Gage (as Tom Richert)
Noah Genson ...
Point Guard


Sportscaster Bruce Dalt is a man basically full of himself with nothing to curb his competitive and ceaseless go-for-the-gold attitude. A mishap during his son's basketball game lands him in court where he is ordered to do community service. Now he's a reluctant bell-ringer for the Salvation Army. His arrogant behavior, captured on video, goes viral and negatively impacts his career and family, causing both to crumble before him. Major Melvin Lowell of the Salvation Army, knowing of God's love, guides his actions, hoping he'll come to recognize the charity of Christmas beyond just coins gathered in a collection pot. Written by statmanjeff

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When Bruce argues with the referee, he is called for interference and two free throws are given to the other team. The hand signal made by the referee is actually the signal for a technical foul, as there is no such thing as an interference foul. More importantly, referees are not capable of calling fouls on spectators. In this situation, the spectator would be asked to leave, and it would have no impact on the outcome of the game. See more »


Bruce Dalt: I thought getting the money in the kettle was the point.
Major Melvin Lowell: The point is to get people to understand the joy of giving, and we usually don't do that through fear and intimidation.
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Sappy salute to the Salvation Army
4 January 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

From Thanksgiving until Christmas those bell ringers and their pots are seen in all kinds of public places. Silver Bells has nothing to do with that familiar Yuletide favorite that Jay Livingston and Ray Evans wrote for a much better film. You'll note hear a note of it in this film Silver Bells.

The film is a rather sappy salute and huge commercial plug for the Salvation Army and the good work they do. As a group that is notorious for discriminating against LGBT people I'm loath to say a good word for a film that plugs that organization.

Bruce Boxleitner is a sports reporter on a local TV station in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and he's a most competitive guy and instills that in his kids Laura Spencer and Kenton Duty. One night at one Kenton's basketball games he gets into it with a referee and he's arrested and gets community service with the Salvation Army over the Christmas shopping season.

As this is a Christian film there are certain parameters and they are most strictly observed. The guy in charge of the local Salvation Army is Antonio Fargas, best remembered back in the day for playing Huggy Bear on Starsky&Hutch. I still remember Fargas calling them 'honorary soul brothers'. I thought that was as condescending a line as I ever heard on either the big screen or the small.

Fargas like the rest of us is a little older and slower. He's also the only one who has an interesting character in the story.

Couldn't they get the rights from Paramount to play Silver Bells at least.

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