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Christmas in Connecticut (1992)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | TV Movie 13 April 1992
Elizabeth, the star of a successful cooking show, is set to do a live show on Christmas, where she'll cook a Christmas dinner. But what no one knows is that she can't cook.

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Aileen Hamilton (earlier story), Lionel Houser (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dyan Cannon ... Elizabeth Blane
Kris Kristofferson ... Jefferson Jones
Tony Curtis ... Alexander Yardley
Richard Roundtree ... Prescott
Kelly Cinnante Kelly Cinnante ... Josie
Gene Lythgow ... Tyler
Jimmy Workman ... Kevin / Anthony
Vivian Bonnell ... Norah
David Arnott David Arnott ... Crazed Director
Toni Attell ... Food Stylist
Jenee Bandler Jenee Bandler ... Kevin's Mother
Bob Braun Bob Braun ... Sam Simon
Sonny Carl Davis ... Captain Marsh
Judy Forrester Judy Forrester ... Billy's Mother
Wendle Josepher ... A.D.
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Storyline

Elizabeth is the star of a successful cooking show and author of several cookbooks. Alexander, her manager, sees a heroic forest ranger named Jefferson on the television news, saying he has lost his cabin in a fire and wishes he could get a home-cooked Christmas dinner. Alexander arranges for Elizabeth to do a special live show on Christmas, where she will cook a Christmas dinner for Jefferson. In reality, Elizabeth can't cook and trying to keep Jefferson and the viewing public from finding out may be a little difficult, especially on a live show. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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First (and as of 2016) and only film directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. See more »

Goofs

(possibly intentional error) Near the beginning, when the Thanksgiving episode is being shot and Elizabeth pulls the freshly browned turkey out of the oven (after it had supposedly been cooking for 4 hours), she rests her right hand on the glass baking dish while she raises a wine glass to toast her TV audience with her left hand. Alex would surely have caught this mistake and made them all re-shoot the scene. See more »

Connections

Remake of Christmas in Connecticut (1945) See more »

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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Traditional
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Dyan Cannon is this predictable, formulaic film's only redeeming virtue
12 January 2020 | by longliverockSee all my reviews

I gave "Christmas in Connecticut" 5 stars instead of the ~3.5 it deserved due to its one redeeming quality: its radiant star, Dyan Cannon. Aged about 55 at the time the film was released, she's just as lovely, charming, and sexy as ever, and actually brings a measure of believability to her character, the beloved-by-America but ultimately fake TV chef Elizabeth Blane. The tired, utterly predictable script would have been even more insufferable in the hands of a lesser actress. Unfortunately, Cannon's bright spectre only serves to underscore just how less-than-mediocre the rest of the cast is. Elizabeth's TV "family" are completely unremarkable and forgettable individuals who bring little to their respective roles. Tony Curtis is meant to bring flair and comic relief as Cannon's manager/producer and would-be TV husband, but his over-the-top execution of the predictable slapstick jokes and comic gigs ultimately falls flat, leaving the audience to feel he's been horribly miscast. Kris Kristofferson, as Blane's western-woodsman forest ranger love interest, looks appetizing enough, but walks through his lines woodenly. And those are the more remarkable of the cast members, most of whom look like they've been plucked right off the main street of a small town somewhere in Middle America. The opening scene, where Blane is filming her TV cooking show, and the camera changes points-of-view to reveal the behind-the-scenes workings of the fake cooking show - including Blane's assistant (and the actual chef) crouching under the counter and handing up the finished dishes - is probably the best scene in this film, which gets more contrived and predictable as it progresses towards its inevitable conclusion, in which her ruse of being the perfect domestic doyenne is destroyed on live TV for all of America to see, and she predictably finds love with Kristofferson amidst the chaos.

I should add that haven't seen the 1945 original, so I am judging this film purely on its own merits. Schwarzenegger brings absolutely nothing new or interesting to a film whose best line may just be (coming from Cannon's fake grandson) "For $50, I can fake a nightmare and sleep in your bed!" (to prevent her from being stuck there with fake "husband" Curtis). With this as his sole directorial credit, it's no wonder he hasn't directed another movie since. Despite the fact that Cannon's sparkling performance is ALMOST infectious enough to make us all partially re-discover the magic of Christmas along with her when she hears Christmas bells while taking a (completely unrealistically set-up) sleigh joyride, it's just not enough to save the tired writing and inane attempts at humor. If you're looking for a nondescript, Lifetime-style Christmas movie to kill a couple of hours, Cannon's performance puts this film just a notch above the other formulaic Christmas rom-coms out there. Otherwise, I can't see any reason at all to waste your time watching it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1992 (USA) See more »

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Turner Pictures (I) See more »
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1.33 : 1
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