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The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007)

When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father, his worried mother persuades a lonely ill-tempered woodcarver to create a replacement, ... See full summary »

Director:

Bill Clark

Writers:

Bill Clark, Susan Wojciechowski (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Jonathan Toomey
Sarah Wildor Sarah Wildor ... Jonathan's Wife
Thomas Briggs Thomas Briggs ... Jonathan's Baby
Joely Richardson ... Susan McDowell
Karen Westwood Karen Westwood ... Mrs. White
Aran Bell Aran Bell ... Richard Tyler
Lia Williams ... Joan Tyler
Jenny O'Hara ... Mrs. Hickey
Ronald Pickup ... William McDowell
Elliot Cowan ... James McDowell
Luke Ward-Wilkinson ... Thomas McDowell
Benji Compston Benji Compston ... Charles White
Robert Jezek Robert Jezek ... Jim Hardwick
Sam Douglas ... Wallis Woodman
Jack Montgomery Jack Montgomery ... Edward Hardwick
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When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father, his worried mother persuades a lonely ill-tempered woodcarver to create a replacement, and to allow her son to watch him work on it. The commission takes their relationship to unexpected places as the young client makes greater and more difficult demands of the woodcarver's ability, and as Christmas approaches, the three struggle to come to terms with each other, their painful memories and the process of putting their unhappiness behind them. Written by Anonymous

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Theatrical movie debut of Saoirse Ronan (Celia Hardwick). See more »

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Nothing But A Child
Performed by Steve Earle
Written by Steve Earle
Published by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc/Universal-Island Records Ltd
Under licence from Universal Music Operations
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Moving and pleasing - a warming welcome in winter.
14 September 2009 | by jmholland-1See all my reviews

This story of the meeting of lonely and sad people is a gentle, moving and warming tale that I think both older (8+ ?) children and adults will appreciate. The cast generally give a good performance and gel well - you can really feel the changing relationships as the story plays out. Luke Ward-Wilkinson does rather well and is very likable - he does not annoy like many child actors. Berenger also portrays Mr Toomey in a very believable way.

The cinematography is nice in many places, especially the idealistic scenes of the country village. The outside of the Toomey house looks very much like a studio set, shot from the immediate front, but this somehow adds to the overall feeling of separation and is in no way a problem. Aside from the issue of death, there are no disturbing scenes, "colourful" language, or issues not suitable for youngsters and this makes for a very enjoyable, slow paced, experience.

The film starts and ends in a Christmas setting, the remainder being time between, and so would suit a festive, wintery viewing with the whole family. The film does make you appreciate the ones you love and want to give them a hug.

It would be nice to know "what happens next" but maybe that is part of the appeal of the story - following the journey up to a point, then leaving the characters with their new start.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 2007 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

GBP8,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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