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A Holiday to Remember (1995)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 12 December 1995
Carolyn is leaving the big city with her daughter Jordi for her childhood village, deep in the forest. She meets her former fiancé, who she left at the altar several years ago. She also ... See full summary »


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Kathleen Creighton (novel), Darrah Cloud (teleplay)


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Cast overview:
Connie Sellecca ... Carolyn Giblin
Asia Vieira ... Jordy Giblin (Carolyn's Daughter)
Brenda Bazinet ... Eve Stevens
Kyle Fairlie Kyle Fairlie ... William
Rue McClanahan ... Miz Leona (Clay's Aunt)
Randy Travis ... Clay Traynor
Benedict Campbell Benedict Campbell ... Mr. Paul
Elizabeth Lennie Elizabeth Lennie ... Deirdre
Charlotte Moore ... (as Charlotte M. Moore)
Richard Fitzpatrick Richard Fitzpatrick ... Mr. Decker
Lili Francks Lili Francks ... Social Services Clerk
Don McManus Don McManus ... Santa Claus
Joshua Satok Joshua Satok ... King One
Sandy Webster Sandy Webster ... Mr. Dave


Carolyn is leaving the big city with her daughter Jordi for her childhood village, deep in the forest. She meets her former fiancé, who she left at the altar several years ago. She also finds a lost boy who she wants to adopt, but Jordi is not too keen on the idea. Written by Henrik W

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Release Date:

12 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao Encontro do Amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Clay comes to tell William about the death of his mother he is alone but Ms. Stevens knocks on the door and then they leave in Clays vehicle. Her vehicle is nowhere in sight. See more »

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18 December 2011 | by HallmarkMovieBuffSee all my reviews

Connie Sellecca plays a PhD.-holding psychiatrist who divorces her philandering husband and moves with her daughter to her family homestead in South Carolina, which has been sitting abandoned, presumably for years. Naturally, she encounters the boy next door (Randy Travis, from the next farm over), whom she left standing at the altar nearly two decades before.

There's nothing particularly wrong with the script or the acting. The faults of this film are in the casting and execution. I like both Travis and Sellecca, but have trouble seeing them as a couple. Indeed, Ms. Sellecca's appearance in this film was a prime reason for watching, but what we have here constitutes a serious flaw in the pairing of romantic leads.

Given that the rest of the cast seems fine for a film that is set in the rural south, one is sad to report that Ms. Sellecca seems to be the one miscast, as throughout the film, she appears from both nature and design to have just stepped off the pages of Vogue. Can you picture a high-tone model or a society chic, dressed in fashions and jewels, functioning comfortably in a dilapidated house in farmland?

And then there are the little things. Once a major flaw appears, one goes on alert looking for others. Start with the farmhouse.

When Sellecca's character and her daughter arrive, the first thing we see on a clear day is water dripping from a leaky roof into a half-full washtub. So who's been in there recently to manage the tub?

Next we have a working wall phone. Who bothers to pay monthly phone bills for an abandoned house? Or maybe she called ahead to have it hooked up…we don't know.

But wait, there's hope. Mr. Travis, whose character is now the local sheriff, mayor, and all-around Mr. Fixit, has been dating a local social worker who wants to marry him. They appear to be well-matched. In the end, will he do the right thing and make her an honest woman, or will he jump the shark to hook back up with his long-lost love? The 90 minutes of suspense killed my rating of this supposed-to-be feel-good film. To me, this was a holiday movie to forget.

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