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I'll Be Home for Christmas (1997)

Veterinarian and part-time mayor Sarah heads a town council desperate to find a doctor to keep open the small town's clinic. They fear, rightly, that family after family will move away and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sarah
... Michael
Ashley Gorrell ... Jilly
Linda Sorensen ... Margie
Tom Harvey ... Hap
... Bob
Jack Jessop ... Nick Gladstone
... Thelma Jenkins
Stan Coles ... A.L. Drysdale
Joan Heney ... Edith Drysdale
... Fred
Margaret Wright ... Mary Jenkins
Ralph Small ... Clete Smith
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Veterinarian and part-time mayor Sarah heads a town council desperate to find a doctor to keep open the small town's clinic. They fear, rightly, that family after family will move away and the town will disappear. Their hopes are raised when Bob announces his widower son Michael the surgeon and grand daughter are going to visit for the first time in years for the Xmas holiday. The mayor's attempt to recruit Michael is complicated by their history (their high school romance) and his secret shame (that he has lost his confidence in his surgical skills to the point that his big city hospital is kicking him upstairs to an administrative position). Written by C. Comly

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23 December 1997 (USA)  »

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I'll Be Home For Christmas
Written by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon & Buck Ram
Courtesy of Gannon & Kent Music
All rights reserved
Performed by Kenny Rogers
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Very Good for a TV Movie
8 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

For a made-for-TV movie, this is very good. Don't expect a classic, but it's very heartwarming and touching for a family to watch around the holidays.

A man (Robert Hayes) comes home to his hometown with his preteen daughter (the talented and beautiful Ashley Gorrell, always one of my favorites as a kid and my first childhood celebrity crush!) who is very adorable in this movie and plays her part very well. Hayes is always very talented and a good dad in every movie he's been in, and this is no exception. He plays a very good man who returns to his hometown and gets reacquainted with many people. He has created himself a new life in his new town, and faces a lot of transitions when returning home. This leads to a lot of confusion for the man, being a widower and single dad. He faces a lot of choices and challenges in the process to make possible life changes. All everyone wants is for a Merry Christmas in this dying small town, which creates a lot of confusion and difficulty for many. A lot of surprises happen along the way to throw many expected things off course. Every character is very likable, however, and it leads to a very positive ending.

Being from a small and dying town myself, I can relate a lot to it; and only wish such things could end so well in my area. This movie is well worth watching around the holidays if you are in the mood for a good spirit and good family time. No classic, but enjoyable if one keeps expectations low and realizes it's just a TV movie.


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