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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

Writers:

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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Details

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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Quotes

Ephraim Adams: I view music not as a recreation nor as a competitive sport or as a social activity, nor even as a religious duty. Music is a craft. Craft, with its hard work and perseverance, rewards us accordingly.
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Soundtracks

The Messiah
by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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maybe a different film
18 December 2004 | by missrheaSee all my reviews

We watched this movie two nights ago and found it quite different. The main character is a newly divorced woman who moves to San Francisco from Nebraska, leaving her pre-teen son with his grandparents until she can make enough money to send for him. Frustrated by the lack of available teaching positions, she works as a "floating" office temp. To have some consistency in her life she joins the church choir as it is beginning to rehearse Handel's Messiah. The movie is about this woman's interaction with the other choir members and challenges the choir faces leading up to the performance of this music. Watch for Ruth Nelson (Inez) as a sweet, older realist who is quite an encourager. She also played the encouraging teacher in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn from the 1940's.


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