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The Man Who Saved Christmas (2002)

A.C. Gilbert figures out a way to keep Christmas alive after the war threatens to take it away in his name.

Director:

Sturla Gunnarsson

Writers:

Joseph Maurer (teleplay) (as Joe Maurer), Debra Frank (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Alexander ... A.C. Gilbert
Kelly Rowan ... Mary
Ari Cohen ... Frank Gilbert
C. David Johnson ... Sam Ryder
Jayne Eastwood ... Mrs. Gilbert
Daniel Kash ... Hiram Harris
Jake Brockman Jake Brockman ... Al Jr.
Kenneth Welsh ... Newton Baker
Edward Asner ... Charles Gilbert
David Talbot David Talbot ... Ben
Jonathan Higgins ... Franklin Roosevelt
Brad Borbridge Brad Borbridge ... Guard
Bill Lake ... Secretary Daniels
François Klanfer François Klanfer ... Secretary MacAdoo
Craig Gardner ... Admiral
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Storyline

Although their own father, bank Charles, refuses them a loan to start a novelty American toys company to rival the established German import, the brothers A.C. and Frank succeed, especially with constructive and educational products. When the US gets dragged into Word War I, Frank enlists and Woodrow Wilson's government recruits A.C. as consultant to convert factories like theirs for the war effort. Yet his gifted preteen son, whose schoolmates meanly turned on the 'Christmas killer's kid', ends up convincing him to refuse canceling Christmas and even resume toy production. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

He couldn't stop the war, but he wouldn't let the war stop Christmas.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Family | War

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Goofs

The USA entered WWI in 1917. In 1918, AC Gilbert goes to Washington to "save Christmas" along with his family, including a 10 year old AC Gilbert Jr. In reality, AC Jr. wasn't born until a year later in 1919. See more »

Quotes

Frank Gilbert: [after giving a Christmas gift to A.C. Gilbert] You don't know how hard it was finding you something you didn't invent!
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Soundtracks

O Come, All Ye Faithful
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Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley and music by John Reading
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User Reviews

 
a great surprise movie!
22 December 2008 | by toriwells2002See all my reviews

I taped this movie when it first came out and have watched it every year since. I was about to put it in tonight while wrapping gifts and realized, the tape is wearing out and just ordered it on DVD. It should be a yearly classic.

I'm not a fan of Jason Alexander, from Seinfeld but I have to give him credit. He did very well in this movie, I was so surprised. This is a true story.

It is a very well thought out movie, it has heart and I highly recommend it. watch it with an open mind.

Kelly Rowan and Ed Asner did very well.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Saved Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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