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Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)

PG | | Drama | 1 December 2006 (USA)
With a successful career, two adoring children and having married his high school sweetheart - Andrew Austin had everything. But a cancer diagnosis and past secrets quickly turn their lives upside down.


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A film about faith, love and the human spirit



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic issues and brief mild language

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 »


A Magic Christmas Night
Written by Mike Petrone
Performed by Helen Welch and Evelyn Wright
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Go see this film.
5 December 2006 | by cwjackson-1See all my reviews

This is a good, heart to heart, Christmas Movie - go see it with a friend. The movie starts out a little slow for my taste but it develops the characters pretty well and you get a feeling of strong family and community. The main character is a bit of a snobby guy and unrealistic in his expectations. But overall the movie is much better than expected.

This movie was shot on Hi-Def Sony equipment and is being distributed digitally. It is worth seeing how a small-budget independent film can have the look and feel of a Hollywood big-budget film - the film is attractive visually and the sound great when viewed in a digital, surround sound theater.

I believe when compared to all movies the rank is 5/6 but for a family Christmas Movie it is a 7.5 to 8.

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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:


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LauferFilm.com See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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