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Finding John Christmas (2003)

Max, the Christmas angel, returns in a new story as he attempts to reunite a fallen hero with his family and bring dreams back into the life of a nurse struggling to save her E.R. from being closed.

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Andy Wolk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Bertinelli ... Kathleen McAllister
William Russ ... Hank McAllister
David Cubitt ... Noah Greeley
Jennifer Pisana Jennifer Pisana ... Soccoro Greeley
Maria Ricossa ... Marcy Bernard
Patricia Gage ... Eleanor McAllister
Peter Falk ... Max
David Calderisi ... Dr. Merkatz
Jeremy Akerman ... Antonovitch
Michael Hirschbach Michael Hirschbach ... Dr. Flynn
Kenny Robinson Kenny Robinson ... Pawn Broker
Cassie MacDonald ... Tribune Assistant
Justin Blackburn Justin Blackburn ... Young Noah
Brian Heighton Brian Heighton ... Police Officer
Craig Wood Craig Wood ... Fire Chief Vasquez
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Storyline

Divorced nurse Kathleen McAllister becomes depressed as her ER is about to be closed by budget cuts. Delightfully surprised to spot a newspaper picture of her brother hank, who left town 25 years ago, she approaches the photographer, who can't help her as it was a mer coincidence, but the editor smells a gimmick and posts a fat reward for whoever finds the man whom the public dubs 'John Christmas'. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

CBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

On December 1, 1958, the Lady of the Angels Fire in Chicago killed children and teachers alike. That fire is extremely similar to the fire that affects several main characters in this movie. See more »

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When Max and Soccorro do there little song and dance at the hospital at one point you hear Max singing but his mouth does not open. See more »

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Follows A Town Without Christmas (2001) See more »

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Better left lost
27 December 2005 | by mweiss53See all my reviews

From a poorly contrived plot line that makes almost no sense to bad dialogue and disjointed scenes to the ultimate downer, bad acting (even Peter Falk can't find his way) "Finding John Christmas" is better left lost. Ms. Bertinelli's performance is without depth or emotion as are her co-stars, William Russ as brother Hank and David Cubitt as love interest Noah. Jennifer Pisana as Soccoro, the daughter of single dad Noah is almost unbearable to watch let alone listen to singing. But who can blame them with material like this. Michael J. Murray's script is juvenile at best.

Each year at this time I search the TV guides and wait anxiously for some of the really classic Christmas and inspirational holiday films to appear on the small screen. Films like "Miracle on 34th Street", Ernst Lubitsch's delightful "The shop around the corner" and, of course the 1951 version of "Scrooge". There's Frank Capra's classics "It's a wonderful life" and "Meet John Doe". Hey, forget the classics. What about "Home Alone" or " Home for the Holidays" with Holly Hunter and a great performance by Robert Downey Jr.?

My present to you is by way of advice. Your time would be better spent searching out these films than finding "Finding John Christmas". Merry Christmas!


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