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The Christmas Blessing (2005)

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A young doctor encounters romance and deals with his past when he returns to his hometown during the holidays.

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Karen Arthur

Writers:

Wesley Bishop (teleplay), Donna Van Liere (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Nathan Andrews
Rebecca Gayheart ... Meghan Sullivan
Angus T. Jones ... Charlie Bennett
Hugh Thompson ... Jack Andrews
Shaun Johnston ... Tucker Bennett
Rob Lowe ... Robert Layton
Robert Clinton ... Dr. Goetz
Wanda Cannon ... Lydia Jones
Patricia Casey Patricia Casey ... Doris Wilson
Jesse Lipscombe ... William Bradley
Jay D. Sodergren Jay D. Sodergren ... Buddy
Margherita Donato Margherita Donato ... Rita
Carey Feehan ... Sean Addison
Rick Ash ... Bartender
Kate Ryan Kate Ryan ... Aide
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Storyline

Nathan Andrews, a medical resident, goes back home to his small town after he loses a teenager on the operating table. He joins his dad and his mechanic's business and becomes a basketball coach to some youths. Here he meets Charlie and Meghan. This is based on a novel by Donna VanLiere and a continuation of "The Christmas Shoes." Meghan is trying to start up a day care business for single, working mothers and Charlie is ill. All their lives are connected and Nathan meets someone from his past. Written by soccer_player7

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Drama | Family | Romance

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miracle of the Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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It is the follow up movie to The Christmas Shoes. See more »

Goofs

At about 1:15 into this movie (with commercials), Charlie's dad, Jack, is at the bar talking with Nathan's father, when he finishes his drink, which is a light color, and you can hear the ice clink in the glass. Then he takes another drink, which is now a dark color. Nobody filled up the glass. See more »

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Dr. Nathan Andrews: I've been reading my mother's letters. She said one day, I would meet a girl. And my heart would skip a beat when she smiled at me. And then, the day would come when I realized I couldn't live without her. Well, she was right.
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Followed by The Christmas Hope (2009) See more »

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A bit of a tear jerker but a decent TV movie
19 December 2014 | by juneebuggySee all my reviews

This was pretty good, one of those made for TV, Christmas (ie) type movies. This one is based on a book and apparently a continuation of an earlier movie "The Christmas Shoes", although I didn't see that one and it didn't matter in regards to the story here. Anyways, Neil Patrick Harris plays a young doctor who returns to his hometown after losing a patient on the operating table. His plan is to give up medicine and work with his widowed father in his garage.

Harris does a decent job here, I mean its a TV movie so its not like he had to push his acting abilities. He does have some good scenes with Angus T. Jones from 'Two and a Half Men' and a plausible enough romance with Rebecca Gayheart who also does a good job. Rob Lowe is in this too, sort of a cameo type role but imperative to the story and enjoyable as always.

I have to say this was a bit of a tearjerker, way sadder than I was expecting especially if you lost a parent as a child. Several of the characters also go through life threatening situations (requiring Christmas miracles and such) with not all of the outcomes favourable. Oh and apparently recovery time for a liver transplant is about 12 hours.

Filmed in Canada -Alberta (as most made for TV movies seem to be) this features a bunch of Canadian talent and I particularly enjoyed Hugh Thompson as the widowed father and Shaun Johnston of 'Heartland' fame. 12/14/14


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