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A Christmas Without Snow (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | TV Movie 9 December 1980
A divorced woman moves to a new city with her child, trying to build her life again. She joins the choir of a local church but has some personality conflicts with the choirmaster, a ... See full summary »

Director:

John Korty

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John Korty (teleplay), Richard Beban (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Learned ... Zoe Jensen
John Houseman ... Ephraim Adams
Ramon Bieri ... Henry Quist
James Cromwell ... Reverend Lohman
Valerie Curtin ... Muriel
David Knell ... Terry
Calvin Levels ... Wendell
Ruth Nelson ... Inez
Beah Richards ... Wendell's Grandma
William Swetland William Swetland ... Hartley
Ed Bogas Ed Bogas ... Seth
Daisietta Kim Daisietta Kim ... Maisie Kim
Joy Carlin Joy Carlin ... Cora Newman
Anne Lawder Anne Lawder ... Evangeline Burns
Barbara Tarbuck ... Carol Thorpe
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Storyline

A divorced woman moves to a new city with her child, trying to build her life again. She joins the choir of a local church but has some personality conflicts with the choirmaster, a curmudgeonly old gentleman who will accept nothing but perfection from his group. As Christmas approaches and the choir practices for a big show and the director pushes them all to their emotional limits, she contemplates quitting the group. Written by Marta Dawes <smdawes@home.com>

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A timeless, rare classic for the holiday season. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Navidad sin nieve See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ephraim Adams: Mrs. Burns is right, of course; you are amateurs, unlike certain pseudo-professionals like myself who insist on slave wages. Your voluntary and steadfast attendance at these rehearsals fully qualifies you for any definition of the word "amateur". What Mrs. Burns and many others are wrong about is the meaning of the word, which has to do with motivation, not quality. Remember "amo, amat, amas", the Latin verb "to love". The meaning of "amateur" is "he or she who does a thing for the love of it"....
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The Messiah
by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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Quiet and effective as well as entertaining
8 January 2000 | by MartaSee all my reviews

This is one of those TV movies that builds quietly and steadily to an emotional finish. Michael Learned plays a recently divorced woman who moves to another city with her slightly rebellious teenager. She has to build her life again among strangers, and she begins by joining a local church and their choir. The choirmaster, played with real spleen by John Houseman, is a perfectionist and they clash right from the start. Learned has many other pressures in her life, not the least of which is an ex-husband trying to gain favor with his son, and she begins to feel that the choirmaster is more an enemy than a friend. Just when she's ready to quit the choir, several things happen that reaffirm her faith in God and in herself, and she stays.

This isn't shown anymore, and is difficult to find. But it's worth a look if you run across it, and it's perfect for the Christmas season.


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