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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 »

Director:

Gregg Champion

Writers:

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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Arranged by Rhodes & Pelfrey
Courtesy of FirstCom Music, Inc.
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A deeper story than you might think
6 December 2003 | by cosmiclySee all my reviews

While "Stealing Christmas" might easily have been just another cliched warm and fuzzy holiday tale, exceptional performances by Lea Thompson and Tony Danza raise the dramatic level and clear the way for a revelation of the underlying moral conflict. Betrayal of trust is the one transgression that has no redeeming value; Lea Thompson is the angel who turns Tony Danza's cynical heart away from the brink of betrayal, and touches his heart in a way that makes it impossible to betray the trust that has been placed in him by the simple hearted town folk--and the trust of Lea herself.

In an era of movies that myopically portray love exclusively in the form of passionate, nude bedroom scenes, "Stealing Christmas" provides a refreshing view of love between two people primarily as mutual respect, admiration, and most of all, acceptance of each others' faults.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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