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A Christmas Visitor (2002)

A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Devane ... George Boyajian
Meredith Baxter ... Carol Boyajian
Dean McDermott ... Matthew
Reagan Pasternak ... Jean Boyajian
Aaron Ashmore ... John Boyajian
Riley Chitty Riley Chitty ... Jean Boyajian (11 yrs)
Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn ... Larry Williamson
Judy Sinclair Judy Sinclair ... Mary Simpson
Mung-Ling Tsui Mung-Ling Tsui ... Dr. Ortiz
Jonathan Whittaker ... Tom
Frank McAnulty Frank McAnulty ... Artie
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge ... Lester
Vladimir Jon Cubrt ... Leader (as Jon Cubrt)
Kevin Dennis ... Young Man #1
Joan Gregson ... Miss Kearney
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Storyline

A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they lost their son to the Persian Gulf War. Now a stranger has joined them - around the same age the boy would have been. Is he a con artist? Or is this young man the miracle their family has been waiting for. William Devane, Reagan Pasternak and Dean McDermott star in a remarkable story of loss and renewal. This Christmas, a stranger will change them forever. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Visitor See more »

Filming Locations:

Port Perry, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

Reagan Pasternavk starred with both Ashmore brothers. Aaron in this movie and Shawn in the tv show In a Heartbeat. See more »

Goofs

When George is showing Matthew his late son's medal, the box contains the Distinguished Service Cross Medal. However the award ribbon above the medal is the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medial. Award boxes always contain the matching ribbon for the award, never two different awards in the same box. See more »

Quotes

Matthew: ...it's like light and dark. The moonlight touches down on the field and becomes apart of its beauty. Darkness is also it's light. What do you see when you look out there? Do you see the darkness or the moonlight? Or both? Can you separate the two? Should you?
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Crazy Credits

Just before the Closing Credits' music begins, after George Boyagian takes Matthew to Interstate 35 they salute each other. Then Matthew appears like George's late son, John, as a Green Beret for approximately ten seconds. After Matthew turns around to start walking away, he vanishes, about two or three blocks after he started to walk away from George, fulfilling his duties on Earth, of restoring a Christmas spirit, to a family that started hating the holiday, after losing a son on December 24th, 1997 or 1998, from combat in Desert Storm, in Iraq. See more »

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Falling Down
Written by: Scott Nickoley, and Jamie Dunlap
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A wonderfully acted movie, soft touches that portend powerful impact
12 December 2009 | by jdarcy_1999See all my reviews

A tremendous movie, extremely well-written, directed, and acted. The writing keeps the viewer in suspense as the story slowly blooms to an ending which settles viewers' guesses and curiosity about the characters and how they inter-relate. The director creates a genuine 50's/60's old-time (though the story takes place in the new century), big-on-emotional-connection small town setting that quietly makes evident the family's suffering without branding it on the audience, a family and their pain that is entirely believable and endearing. The actors are tremendous and use the smallest hesitation, the slightest glance at the ground or regretful, nuanced grimace, the most natural mumbling through a line of Christmas lyrics to make themselves genuine on every level.

And it is so much more touching the second, third and fourth time through...do not miss it. Especially if you are a parent.


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