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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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(DVD)

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

John Boyajian's uniform. He has the 7th Special Forces Flash on his beret, but 7th SFG(A) did not deploy to either Operation Desert Shield or Desert Storm. He furthermore wears the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Govt. of Kuwait) and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Govt. of Saudi Arabia) ribbons on his rack, but these where not awarded till after the end of Operation Desert Storm. Also he wears his name shield incorrectly over his right breast pocket (the place where his Distinctive Unit Insignia should have been) instead of centered on the flap of his right breast pocket. Besides that he doesn't know how to wear his beret and his uniform seems to large he doesn't wear his pants bloused over jump boots. 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 nice, different Christmas story
13 January 2017 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Hallmark found a different plot for a Christmas movie. This one is about a family that has struggled for years after a son was killed during the Gulf War (1990-91). They haven't celebrated Christmas since that time. But other problems in the family lead them to decide to do it this year. And a stranger enters their life – a young veteran from that very war.

The plot takes on some interesting things as the stranger joins the family for its Christmas this year. The cast all are very good in this film. William Devane, Meredith Baxter, Dean McDermott, and Reagan Pasternak all shine in their roles. The setting and technical work make this an enjoyable and heart-warming movie for the Christmas season.


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