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Holiday in Handcuffs (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Family | TV Movie 9 December 2007
A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers to bring home and meet her parents at Christmas.


Ron Underwood


Sara Endsley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Joan Hart ... Gertrude 'Trudie' Chandler
Mario Lopez ... David Martin
Timothy Bottoms ... Dad Chandler (as Tim Bottoms)
Markie Post ... Mom Chandler
June Lockhart ... Grandma
Kyle Howard ... Jake Chandler
Vanessa Evigan ... Katie Chandler
Gabrielle Miller ... Jessica
Layla Alizada ... Lucy
Cedric De Souza ... Taj
Marion Eisman Marion Eisman ... Mrs. Barber
Karen Hines ... Maria
Maureen Jones ... Barbara
Marty Hanenberg ... Mr. Portnoy
Matt Embry ... Slick Guy


Would-be painter Gertrude 'Trudie' Chandler loses her waitress job and boyfriend Nick on Christmas Eve - her only shot not to feel like her family's black sheep. To replace the ideal son-in-law with even hunkier dream-prince, David Martin, she kidnaps him at gunpoint to attend the family holidays in a secluded luxurious log cabin. Crazy lies prevent David from convincing the Chandler family he's not Nick and from escaping. After finally passing a rescue call to his spoiled fiancée, David decides to play the perfect catch to make her undoing worse. Before the police rescue him, he and the family realize they adore each other, the others all prove imperfect, and David and Trudy reassess their relationship after getting to know each other. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She's bringing home the perfect boyfriend...even if it's a federal offense


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Trudie's car is a 1964 Mercury Marauder See more »


The movie is set in a cold, winter climate but the store where they stop to buy gas only has a screen door on the front. See more »


[first lines]
Trudie: [narrating] I'm not crazy. I'm a long way from crazy. Doing one crazy thing does not make a person crazy, though I have to admit this isn't how I expected to be spending my Christmas... and I'm sure it's not how David Martin planned on spending his.
[to David who is walking down a snow-covered road in the middle of nowhere]
Trudie: So, you've been walking for what, about an hour? And you've gone exactly 1.8 miles and the nearest gas station is 20 miles away - you do the math. Look, why don't ...
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References Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989) See more »


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User Reviews

Not bad for a TV movie
3 December 2011 | by just_kumalaSee all my reviews

Not bad for a TV movie. A perfect movie for movie marathon on the holiday.

Mario Lopez as always is charming and sexy. Melissa Joan Hart played a good role too.

I really like the plot. Some scenes cracked me. But something is bothering me.

How could you possibly be in love with just a little amount of time and no chemistry between those two persons? Overall, let's just say thank God I was not wasting my money to watch this in the theater, but still good to watch.

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Release Date:

9 December 2007 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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