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Christmas Child (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 November 2004 (USA)
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A life-sized nativity leads a man to learn about his past and lost family.

Directors:

Bill Ewing (as William Ewing), Bart Gavigan (co-director)

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Andrea Jobe, Max Lucado (short story: "The Christmas Cross") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
William R. Moses ... Jack Davenport
Tonya Bordeaux Tonya Bordeaux ... Alicia
Steven Curtis Chapman ... Michael Curtis
Megan Follows ... Meg Davenport
Tree Browning ... Mom (as Theresa Browning)
Vicki Taylor Ross Vicki Taylor Ross ... Naomi Williams
Juli Erickson ... Mrs. Schneider
Grant James ... Joe
Rebecca McCauley Rebecca McCauley ... Vanessa
Muse Watson ... Jimmy-James
Frederick Martin Smith ... Piano Player
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeremiah Diamond Jeremiah Diamond ... Craig
Mary Donnelly-Haskell Mary Donnelly-Haskell ... Cindy
Jessica Dyer Jessica Dyer ... Rebecca
Nicole Fancher Nicole Fancher ... Caroler
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A life-sized nativity leads a man to learn about his past and lost family.

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buon compleanno, Jack! See more »

Filming Locations:

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Impact Productions LLC See more »
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(DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Slow, but steady
6 July 2008 | by tmcdaniel1See all my reviews

Christmas Child is better than a lot of movies I can name that cost ten times as much to make. I thought the opening scenes between Moses and Megan Follows were excellent and they had good chemistry and excellent dialog. Sadly, when Follows leaves the story, it seems to lose a lot of energy and slow way down.

While not full of holes, neither is it seamless or easy to follow especially from an emotional standpoint. The messages are highly positive but delivered in a slow way through the eyes of the troubled protagonist who seems to fail to appreciate what he is given. His emotional distance and alienation do not "develop" along with the story thereby keeping the emotonal tempo from moving upward to match what he is learning on his "Quest".

The final problem I had with it was that the return of Follows to the story (thereby wrapping up a major, major plot line) is given short shrift and bypasses the serious and emotionally fulfilling aspects. I have a feeling that this would have been handled at more and better length in the written version.

So, for trying to tell a good story and show with some realism a "slice of life" that is far more common and more real than typical Hollywood tripe, I give it credit. The actors are very good throughout and there are many moments that will make you think.


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