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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

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 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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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A karácsony megmentője 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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Trivia

There are allusions to Jason Alexander's most famous role, that of George Costanza on "Seinfeld" in this film. Alexander's character has a brother named Frank; on "Seinfeld," his character's father's name was Frank. In this film, he is seen tossing around a baseball with his son. On "Seinfeld", his character of George Costanza works for the New York Yankees. See more »

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

Deck the Halls
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
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A new favorite
25 December 2007 | by Meaghan EdwardsSee all my reviews

I caught The Man Who Saved Christmas in the wee hours of this Christmas on Book Television, and I have got to say, it become a favorite of mine. I am planning on ordering the DVD and adding it to my collection of my other holiday classics.

Outside of his voice acting in the "Aladdin" series and sequels, I've never been a big fan of Jason Alexander's work. That was, however, before I saw this movie. His performance as A. C. Gilbert was believable and touching, as was the other aspects of the movie.

While "The Man Who Saved Christmas" is a Christmas movie, it is one that I believe can be viewed at any time of the year. It gives one hope during a difficult time.


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