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The Christmas Box (1995)

A ski-shop owner reluctantly moves himself, his wife, and his daughter in to an estate as live-in help for an elderly widow. While struggling to balance his career and family life, he has recurring dreams about an angel.

Director:

Marcus Cole

Writers:

Richard Paul Evans (book), Greg Taylor (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Thomas ... Richard Evans
Maureen O'Hara ... Mrs. Mary Parkin
Annette O'Toole ... Keri Evans
Kelsey Mulrooney ... Jenna Evans
Robert Curtis Brown ... George
Michael Ensign ... Stephen Hoover
Greg Brouwer Greg Brouwer ... Clerk
Nicole Forester ... Dream Angel
Lily Gibson ... Dream Angel (as Lily Nicksay)
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A ski-shop owner reluctantly moves himself, his wife, and his daughter in to an estate as live-in help for an elderly widow. While struggling to balance his career and family life, he has recurring dreams about an angel.

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Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Ruf des Engels See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was Maureen O'Hara's first television film role since The Red Pony (1973) 22 years earlier. She would go on to make two more (one in 1998, the other in 2000) before retiring for good. See more »

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Nice, family-friendly film for the holidays
9 October 2006 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Richard (Richard Thomas) and Keri (Annette O'Toole) have moved to a new city near ski country. They sold their house in order to get Richard's ski shop off the ground, instead living in a cramped apartment with their daughter, Jenna. Keri sees an ad for a couple needed to take care of an older lady in her home. The home turns out to be a mansion and the lady chooses Richard's family to be her caretakers. Keri is ecstatic, as they are given a complete wing of the large home for their quarters and her duties are not very taxing. But, the lady of the house is sad and lonely and harbors many secrets. Also, there is a mysterious music box in the attic that plays music on its own, at times. Richard begins to have strange dreams as well. What is going on here? This is a lovely story about love, family, and friendship. Thomas, O'Toole, and Maureen O'Hara are excellent as the key players, who learn valuable lessons in giving and receiving love. The script is humorous and heart warming, although far-fetched at times. If you would like a new tradition in film at holiday times, this movie is a great choice. It upholds the values everyone should hold dear.


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