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A Christmas Romance (1994)

A widowed mother with financial woes comes to the aid of a bill collector who crashes his car in a snowstorm.

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Sheldon Larry

Writers:

Maggie Davis (novel), Darrah Cloud (teleplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Olivia Newton-John ... Julia Stonecypher
Gregory Harrison ... Brian Harding
Chloe Lattanzi ... Deenie
Stephanie Sawyer ... Emily Rose
Tom Heaton ... Mel Betsill
Stephen E. Miller ... Bert Betsill
Brent Stait ... O.T. Betsill
Susan Astley Susan Astley ... Margie Peterson
Tom McBeath ... Mr. Macklin
Anna Ferguson ... Old Woman
Teryl Rothery ... Susan
Mel Ryane Mel Ryane ... Felicity (as Melody Ryane)
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A widowed mother with financial woes comes to the aid of a bill collector who crashes his car in a snowstorm.

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Two people are about to discover that what they need most is each other. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La romance de Noël See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The younger daughter is seen, and heard, reading from an old (British?) children's book with a title that is partly "Blackie's ...", a popular publishing company in the 1930s and later specializing in children's anthologies. It may be from this old book (her father's family lived in the remote cottage for generations) that the younger daughter has learned about the Legend of the Christmas Stranger, and, when the young man comes around to collect the overdue mortgage payments, she is convinced he is their Christmas Stranger. However, the actual legend is never explained, and the traditional Legend is about a child who arrives at a house, cold and hungry, and is given warm hospitality, and eventually is revealed to be the Christ Child. The debt-collector is, more or less given a warm welcome, but is not the Christ Child, of course. See more »

Soundtracks

The Way of Love
Words and Music by Olivia Newton-John
Sung by Olivia Newton-John
From the Album "Gaia"
© 1994 ONJ Productions, USA.
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Olivia's best picture - definitely worth a higher rating
3 January 2006 | by modlineSee all my reviews

Olivia makes a tremendous leap in her acting abilities following a rather "wooden" (pun intended) performance as a mannequin in yet another Christmas television movie, "A Mom for Christmas." This wonderful movie co-stars Gregory Harrison, whom she would also act with in the AIDS-drama "It's My Party," and also marks the acting debut of her daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, whom, much later, would become an international singing sensation in her own right.

The film centers on a widowed mother of two young girls who is struggling to make ends meet in order to save the bank from foreclosing on her mountainside home. Bleak stuff for Christmas, huh? Then, along comes mean mister bank man, played by Gregory Harrison, who must give Olivia the bad news that the bank has taken over her house and she must move. All this fun on Christmas Eve...

Well, along comes a storm and forces Harrison to stay with Olivia & girls , and romance ensues, but not without some trials (including a dying lamb)... It really seems bleak, but it all works out in the end, and Olivia turns in her strongest role yet.

It is unbelievable that this movie has yet to be released on DVD - it was a top 10 favorite the year it was made, and has been re-run on television throughout the years since. Also, with Olivia's (and now Chloe's) popularity, the movie would surely be a strong seller. Repeated viewings have proved just how strong this film is, and it definitely ranks up there with the seasonal holiday classics that are re-run every year. It's a beautiful film.


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