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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, trying to build her life again. She joins the choir of a local church and is inspired by the choirmaster, a curmudgeonly old gentleman who will accept ... See full summary »

Director:

John Korty

Writers:

John Korty (teleplay), Richard Beban (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 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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A divorced woman moves to a new city, trying to build her life again. She joins the choir of a local church and is inspired by the choirmaster, a curmudgeonly old gentleman who will accept nothing but perfection from his group. As Christmas approaches and the choir practices for a performance of Handel's Messiah, issues of racism, ageism, accusations against a young choir member as well as a health issue with the director himself, threaten to undermine the performance. Written by Marta Dawes <smdawes@home.com>

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

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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24 August 2016 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

Thus Made for TV-movie is in public domain. That means anybody can release this film on DVD or broadcast it for free. So I am hoping that someone will release a decent looking DVD. If someone did they might make a small fortune,

In this film there is several stories going on and they all revolve around a church in San Francisco.

There is one story of a woman who is new to the area and recently single.

Another story is about a tough task master of choir director.

There is more but in general the whole film could of ended a little sooner. The song at the end felt an EXTENDED scene you would find as an extra on a DVD. I think this scene was extended out to fill out a running time.

The nicest thing about this film was it one of the few movies out there that entire cast is over 30.

If you find a decent looking DVD let me know. I might enjoy it more if I had a clear copy of the film


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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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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