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Stealing Christmas (2003)

Jack Clayton can only escape after his partner in crime Harry Zordich messes up a Christmas sales department store robbery in a Santa suit. Stuck in a rural small town, he finds himself ... See full summary »

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Gregg Champion

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Lloyd 'Lucky' Gold (screenplay by) (as Lucky Gold), Greg Taylor (story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Danza ... Jack Clayton
Lea Thompson ... Sarah Gibson
Angela Goethals ... Noelle Gibson
Betty White ... Emily Sutton
David Parker David Parker ... Harry Zordich
Malcolm Stewart ... Doug Jennings
Alf Humphreys ... Tim Hogan (as Alfred E. Humphreys)
Gwynyth Walsh ... Jo
Damon Gregory ... Store Guard
Dean Redman ... Store Guard
Brad Sihvon Brad Sihvon ... Store Guard
Terry Howson Terry Howson ... Store Guard
Beverley Elliott ... Woman Outside Store
Michael Scholar Jr. ... Bus Ticket Seller
Richard Hendery Richard Hendery ... Bus Driver
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Storyline

Jack Clayton can only escape after his partner in crime Harry Zordich messes up a Christmas sales department store robbery in a Santa suit. Stuck in a rural small town, he finds himself forced to accept a menial job under the alias Oscar Burton as Santa in Sarah Gibson's nursery. Jack relaxes when invited in their home and proves a good substitute father for Sarah's frustrated fatherless daughter Noelle. Widow Emily Sutton's nostalgic Christmas shop completes his nostalgia, and becomes crucial when his ex-con cahoot turns up to plan a bank robbery. Sarah's admirer keeps warning the sheriff against 'Oscar', who meanwhile teaches the town how to fight off competition from the city mall. Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 2003 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Soundtracks

Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
Written by Mabel Scott
Performed by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Courtesy of Surfdog Records
By arrangement with Position Soundtrack Services
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Nice without being sappy ...
30 November 2003 | by A-No. 1See all my reviews

Tony Danza, one of the most underrated actors in the business today, does a fine job portraying a bad guy who has the potential to be good, given the right circumstances. He finds that opportunity while on the lam from a failed department store breakin, ending up in a small town and meeting a widowed Lea Thompson and her cute daughter and taking a job as the village Santa Claus for 3 weeks. Solid supporting cast and plausible story line make for an excellent USA network film, seemingly shot in Canada with a mostly Canadian cast. Betty White is, well, a very good Betty White. Film isn't hokey, even if Danza does get off a line about the Lea Thompson character: "She's the boss." Come to think of it, there are times when she resembles Judith Light. All in all, good holiday fare.


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