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The Christmas Shoes (2002)

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A young boy tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for his dying mother, while a lawyer tries to deal with the break-up of his marriage.

Director:

Andy Wolk

Writers:

Donna Van Liere (book), Wesley Bishop (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Robert Layton
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Maggie Andrews (as Kimberly Williams)
Max Morrow ... Nathan Andrews
Maria del Mar ... Kate Layton
Hugh Thompson ... Jack Andrews
Dorian Harewood ... Dalton Gregory
Shirley Douglas ... Ellen Layton
Amber Marshall ... Lily
Rhonda McLean ... Gwen
Jeremy Akerman ... Tom Wilson
John Maclaren ... Dean McGraw
Brian Heighton Brian Heighton ... Jake Cardwell
Geoff Herod Geoff Herod ... Young Adult Nathan
Bill Carr ... Dr. Mather
John Dunsworth ... Dr. Julian
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Storyline

Two separate stories mesh - in the first, a young music teacher, Maggie Andrews, begins dying of a heart condition and her son Nathan tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for her before she dies. In the second, lawyer Robert Layton and his wife Kate are slowly drifting apart and the matter comes to a head during Christmas when Kate takes over for Maggie for the school choir and declines a job in Robert's firm. When Robert's mother passes away, he begins to reconsider things and his and Nathan's paths cross on Christmas Eve as Nathan tries to raise the money for the shoes and Robert tries to get a present for his daughter. Written by crow_steve@hotmail.com

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christmas | based on book | See All (2) »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The book that the screenplay was based on, was based on the lyric written by Eddie Carswell for the song of the same name - a #1 song by the group New Song. See more »

Goofs

It is supposed to be set in 1985 (as evidenced by the dates on the grave markers at the beginning and end of the film), but many later-generation cars (mostly from the '90s) can be seen throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Maggie Andrews: Honey, what's the matter?
Nathan Andrews: Your heart. I just wanted to see if it was still beating.
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Soundtracks

The Christmas Shoes
Written by Eddie Carswell and Leonard Ahlstrom
Performed by Newsong
Courtesy of Reunion Records
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The sort of thing only for people who like this sort of thing...
20 December 2009 | by mantis594See all my reviews

I watched this a friend who randomly bought it. She's more into sentimental films whereas I'm admittedly not, though I enjoy a good one. This one misses the mark by quite a bit.

Some of the acting was decent (a lot wasn't), but unless you get completely into the sentimental moralistic theme of the film, the rest is laughably bad. The story is simply ludicrous and feels completely contrived. Even my friend couldn't take it seriously. Once I realized she wasn't into at all; I stopped biting my tongue and we did enjoy poking fun at it.

After all that, I understand why a lot of people would enjoy the movie. I would liken it to my enjoying some poorly made action movies or comedies. The movie was not well made in most respects, but if you enjoy this sort of thing give it a try; if you don't, run, don't walk, run to the nearest exit.


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