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Silver Bells (2005)

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Manhattanite Catherine O'Mara (Heche) bonds with a young man who has run away from his father. When the father returns to New York a year later to sell his Christmas trees, he and Catherine cross paths.

Director:

Dick Lowry

Writers:

Jim McGrath (teleplay), Luanne Rice (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Heche ... Catherine O'Mara
Tate Donovan ... Christy Byrne
Michael Mitchell Michael Mitchell ... Danny Byrne
Courtney Jines ... Bridget Byrne
Max Martini ... Rip
John Cunningham ... Sylvester Rheinback
John Benjamin Hickey ... Lawrence
Lourdes Benedicto ... Lizzie
Margo Martindale ... Mrs. Quinn
Steve Ryan ... Father
Mike Colter ... Bill
Joel Steingold ... Rip's Partner
David Doty David Doty ... Old Man
Lenora May ... Museum Employee
Victoria Justice ... Rose
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Storyline

Widower Christopher 'Christy' Byrne makes his preteen son Danny and daughter Bridget help out on the family tree farm, top priority. His year's highlight is selling their Christmas trees in New York. When Danny is sixteen, he runs away there to pursue his own dream, photography. Museum employee Catherine O'Mara securely helps him with assignments and study facilities. Christy and friendly cop Rip keep looking for Danny. But when contact is finally made, Christy still hasn't learned his lesson and Danny pays another cruel price. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Silver Bells (#55.1) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

There is a point where "Rip" says to "Christy" that they are doing all they can (to find Danny) - however, he calls "Christy" Christian and then acts like he made a blooper, but I guess they decided not to redo the scene. See more »

Quotes

Christy Byrne: ...it's not something I can help him with. I wish I could give him something.
Sylvester Rheinback: You can give him the one thing that can only come from you.
Christy Byrne: What's that?
Doctor: [Interrupting] Mr Byrne?
Sylvester Rheinback: Your blessing.
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Jingle Jangle Christmas
Written by Blaire Reinhard
Performed by Blaire Reinhard
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Pleasant holiday film
1 December 2005 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Danny and Bridget Byrne, who lost their mother several years ago, are being raised by their father Christy, who runs a Christmas tree farm in Nova Scotia. Danny takes pictures for his high school yearbook and he has a deadline, but his father thinks the farm is more important because, after all, it pays the bills, and Danny is to take over someday.

After the harvest, the family delivers trees to New York City and sets up a stand to sell them. As usual, they stay with nice old Mrs. Quinn. As usual, widowed 'museum lady' Catherine O'Meara won't buy a tree. Danny visits her workplace with samples of his photography, and Catherine is impressed.

When the time comes for the family to return home, Danny is missing. A year later, he has been replaced on the farm, and Bridget and Christy return once again to New York City to sell more trees. Rip, one of New York's finest, still does not have good news for Christy, who has returned to the city several times hoping to find his son.

The 'silver bells' of the movie's title refer to a photograph that is part of the museum's 'look up' promotion. The Post is asking people to guess the location of the bells, and if no one does by Christmas, the paper will print the answer. Catherine's boss, a real estate developer, likes the idea, but his son thinks it's a waste of time.

You don't have to be Allison Dubois to figure out the rest. Though there is one unexpected development that could complicate things.

This is a pleasant family movie overall, but nothing really outstanding. It's at least as good as other Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations. I would say it is well-acted with the usual formula feel-good writing, though I like the formula. The only thing that might be considered offensive: a dispute between Danny and his father gets physical, which I found unnecessary.

Anne Heche is pleasant enough and attractive with long hair, though I might have been happier with a different actress.

It's a good film if you like this sort of thing. Which I do.


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