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Secret Santa (2003)

Newspaper reporter Rebecca Chandler, who feels she got no fair chance to prove her worth in her three years career, looks forward to a Hawaian holiday with her fiancé Ryan, but instead of a... See full summary »

Director:

Ian Barry

Writers:

Beth Polson (story), Robert Tate Miller (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennie Garth ... Rebecca Chandler
Steven Eckholdt ... John Martin Carter
Charles Robinson ... Russell (as Charlie Robinson)
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Harley
Victor Raider-Wexler ... Bob
Josh Randall ... Ryan
Kathryn Joosten ... Winifred
Sam Anderson ... Mr. Gibson
Marnette Patterson ... Callie
Cody Fleetwood Cody Fleetwood ... Scotty
Barbara Billingsley ... Miss Ruthie
Marilyn O'Connor ... Betty
Fiona Hale Fiona Hale ... Beatrice
Nick Pietropaolo Nick Pietropaolo ... The maitre'd
John A. Keim John A. Keim ... Santa Claus (as John Keim)
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Newspaper reporter Rebecca Chandler, who feels she got no fair chance to prove her worth in her three years career, looks forward to a Hawaian holiday with her fiancé Ryan, but instead of a ring he brings her- walking orders, he found better. So she accepts again to be the bachelor on duty in the Christmas season, and write the annual romantic non-news feel good-story, once more about the elusive Secret Santa in small-town Hamden, where the Christmas spirit it said to last all year. Bad luck follows her from Indianapolis: her car breaks down, she can only get lodgings in a home for the elderly without Internet, and nobody wants to help her unmask the secret Santa. Soon she guesses it must be the only rich philanthropist, but the popular Mr. John Martin Carter doesn't grant her an interview and isn't tricked either, in fact meets her at the worst repeatedly without her knowing him, until he arranges to be presented at the mayor's Christmas party, then invites her for dinner and proves ... Written by KGF Vissers

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She set out to uncover Santa...and discovered the best gift to open is your heart.

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Trivia

This was Barbara Billingsley's final acting role before her death on October 16, 2010. See more »

Goofs

When Rebecca's Volkswagon Beetle breaks down, it emits huge clouds of steam as though it had overheated. But Volkswagons are air-cooled, so this is impossible. See more »

Quotes

Rebecca Chandler: Let me bottom line it for you Ryan.
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References A Christmas Story (1983) See more »

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Wonderful feel-good holiday movie
16 December 2003 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Rebecca is tired of reporting on 'fluff' stories for the Indianapolis Sentinel. When her editor wants her to do a story on the 'Secret Santa' who gives anonymous gifts to people in the small town of Hamden, she doesn't want to do it, until she realizes that she can prove herself by making the story more than a fluff piece. (A last-minute change of plans also helps.)

After some misfortunes, Rebecca starts getting to know the people of the town, and she suspects the 'Secret Santa' is one of the town's richest men, a lawyer named John Martin Carter. There are plenty of clues, but getting to the real answer is not easy. She gets splashed by a careless driver ... in this type of movie, when a young woman despises a young man, you can almost predict what is going to happen.

Jennie Garth was great. Not only adorable and sometimes funny, but also determined, and quite pretty too. There were lots of good performances, including Charlie Robinson as an employee at a rest home, who, despite his image as a comic actor, gave one of his best performances ever later in the movie when he wasn't even being funny. Also good was Barbara Billingsley as one of the rest home's residents who teaches Rebecca a lot.

The movie was sometimes funny, but it was also touching. And it was appropriate for the whole family, with a TV-G rating, a rare thing these days on broadcast TV.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il mistero di Hamden See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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