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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Roth ... Shannon McManus-Johnson
Howard Hesseman ... Fred Nickells
Jason Spevack ... Trevor McManus-Johnson
Yannick Bisson ... Peter Archer
Karen LeBlanc ... Janet
Daniel Fathers ... Arthur Finnegan
Joyce Gordon ... Mrs. Granger
Mark Wilson ... Herb Jasper
Carla Collins ... Lauren
Joe Flaherty ... Roger the Doorman
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Frank
Eddie Max Huband Eddie Max Huband ... Little Boy
Rick Howland ... Kenny
Joe Pingue ... Hugo
Rolando Alvarez Giacoman Rolando Alvarez Giacoman ... Barber #1
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On Christmas Eve, Shannon McManus (Andrea Roth) is stuck driving around a wealthy and eccentric client (Howard Hesseman) who is giving away large sums of money with the secret hope of reuniting with his long lost daughter. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret Santa See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The TV channel is WXMS, or W Xmas. See more »

Goofs

At 101 in, Fred is leading Shannon etc. through the front gates to the house there is a visible Private Property sign on the brick column. At 103 in, Peter and Shannon are leaving through the gate but the sign is now gone. See more »

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References A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) See more »

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7 August 2016 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

It seems that Christmas films are on every Cable Channel from November -December. Many film titles "Sound alike". Many films share the same type of story lines. I think I have seen 3 Rip-Off version of "Groundhog Day" last year alone. Also I notice is many "Class Reunion" films take place around the Holidays. (Who would really plan a class reunion at Christmas time?) I have seen many version of "A Christmas Carol" and Frankly the best version of that story was the 1938 MGM VERSION.

Today film studios no longer make films about real people. It seems that only films they make are about "Vampires" "Hobbits" "Wizards" "Superheroes" or "Tarzan".

Well anyway my review: On Christmas Eve, A struggling single parent Shannon McManus (Andrea Roth) is stuck driving around a wealthy and eccentric millionaire client (Howard Hesseman) who is giving away large sums of money. Why? Who is he? One hungry reporter sets out to find who is this "Secret Santa"?

I need to add that this film has very plausible dialog. The story is a little far-fetched but it is really well done. By only complaint is the ending felt a little flat. Had this been a theatrical film that ending would most likely re-worked! Howard Hessman carries the film and Andrea Roth more than holds her own.

The film is family safe and the story is about family and the hard choices we have to make throughout life. Kids might get bored but if you find this film popping up on TV watch it! If you love Christmas Time you will love this film!


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