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Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)

PG | | Drama | 1 December 2006 (USA)
This Christmas will change the Austin family forever. With a successful career in the wine business, two amazing children and having married his highschool sweetheart Suzie Maxwell, Andrew ... See full summary »


William C. Laufer




Credited cast:
Andrew May Andrew May ... Andrew Austin
Jack Hourigan ... Suzie Maxwell Austin
Helen Welch Helen Welch ... Rachel Henderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andras Antal Andras Antal ... Priest in flashback (as Fr. Andras Antal)
Debbie Banyasz Debbie Banyasz ... Patricia Stephens
Maggie Blazunas Maggie Blazunas ... Karen's Party Friend
Sarah Christie Sarah Christie ... Kelly
Nicole Deanna Nicole Deanna ... Amy (as Nicole DeAnna)
Jodi Dominick Jodi Dominick ... Sandy, Secretary to Andrew
Lauren Dowden Lauren Dowden ... Karen
Tracie Field Tracie Field ... Tootsie
Casey Forbes Casey Forbes ... Winery Foreman
Robert Hawkes Robert Hawkes ... Col. Pickerling
Meghan Kelly Meghan Kelly ... Snow girl
Laura Klaehn Laura Klaehn ... Check-Out Clerk


This Christmas will change the Austin family forever. With a successful career in the wine business, two amazing children and having married his highschool sweetheart Suzie Maxwell, Andrew Austin has everything. But life and a past secret quickly bring change and in an instant, life no longer has the order and gentleness it once held. Suzie falls extremly ill and as Andrew struggles to find answers, his children Chris and Mary quietly search for their own. Facing a hectic holiday season, Andrew and family retreat to their summer home on Lake Erie to celebrate their last Christmas in peace. Away from the demands of the city, their world opens up to a moment in time they will never experience again as their small lakeside community quickly brings them its own wonderments. Written by Wm. Laufer

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A film about faith, love and the human spirit



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic issues and brief mild language


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Release Date:

1 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,375, 3 December 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

LauferFilm.com See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Helen Welch, who plays the part of Rachel, is the singing voice for Jacqueline "Jack" Hourigan who plays the role of Suzie - Hourigan does a perfect lip sync rendition of two songs which were also written by Helen Welch and her late song writing partner Tim Freebairn. See more »


When It Mattered Most to Me
Written by Helen Welch and Tim Freebairn
Performed by Jack Hourigan and Helen Welch
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Heavy handed anti-abortion film
4 December 2008 | by hopealways6000See all my reviews

Warning: Very heavy handed anti-abortion guilt message film. Before you ruin your and your kids' Christmases forever: Beware! This is not a warm & fuzzy Christmas movie! This is a heavy handed anti-abortion morality lesson. It is heavy on guilt, sobbing, nightmares over an abortion, Catholic images of scary demon gravestones, while trying to justify the rightness of it with Catholic church interiors & icons, a priest, a pale cold corpse & a heavy ton of guilty torment to ram the anti-abortion message into your brain like a rusty metal stake in a scary Catholic graveyard. NOT at all appropriate for family viewing!! (unless you want you want your kids mentally twisted & permanently neurotic, fearful & hating you forever). Appropriate only for catechism scare/guilt lessons. Beating yourself and wearing a hair shirt for being a sinner would be more of an upper than watching this. Honestly I worry for the mental stability of kids being forced to watch this guilt & fear producing film, at any time of year, but it will ruin their Christmas experience forever.

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