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Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage (2008)

Christmas Cottage (original title)
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A look at the inspiration behind Thomas Kinkade's painting The Christmas Cottage, and how the artist was motivated to begin his career after discovering his mother was in danger of losing their family home.

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Michael Campus

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Ken LaZebnik
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Padalecki ... Thomas Kinkade
Marcia Gay Harden ... Maryanne Kinkade
Peter O'Toole ... Glen
Aaron Ashmore ... Pat Kinkade
Richard Burgi ... Bill Kinkade
Geoffrey Lewis ... Butch
Chris Elliott ... Ernie (as Chris Elliot)
Richard Moll ... Big Jim
Kiersten Warren ... Tanya
Jay Brazeau ... Mr. Rosa
Charlotte Rae ... Vesta
Edward Asner ... Sidney
Tegan Moss ... Nanette
Gina Holden ... Hope
Malcolm Stewart ... Lloyd
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Storyline

Necessity is the mother of invention. In the weeks leading up to Christmas 1977, Maryanne Kinkade has fallen behind in her mortgage payments and is about to lose her small house in Placerville, a town in California's gold country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Her son Thom, who attends art school and is in his 20s, determines to make the transition from amateur to professional painter to help save the family's home. He seeks advice from an aging mentor. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Love is the brightest light of all.

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, some suggestive content and smoking | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas Cottage See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Thomas Kinkade was left-handed but Jared Padalecki is right-handed. To prepare for the part, Jared only used his left hand for the month leading up to filming. There was also a left-handed artist on set who helped Jared look more natural as he worked. See more »

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In the Hangtown Saloon, the pianist's hands are nearly motionless as he plays the blues. See more »

Quotes

Maryanne Kinkade: I never knew...
Thomas Kinkade: Knew what? That you matter to everyone? Well, you do.
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Inspired by true events See more »

Soundtracks

The Twelve Days Of Christmas (Silly Version)
Traditional, arranged by Frederic Austin (uncredited)
New Lyrics written by Dave Pelman (as W David Pelman)
Performed by Dave Pelman (as W David Pelman)
Courtesy of DP Music Production
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Tragic-Heartwarming Masterpiece
27 November 2015 | by TeamRocket_JessieSee all my reviews

The movie feels like an old black and white movie due to the slow pacing and the nature of the dialogue, which is perfect for the atmosphere of the movie. This movie is incredibly tragic and depressing, but heartbreakingly realistic. It's so grim that it's hard to watch at times on account of the overwhelming gloom. Yet the saddest scenes are the most poignant ones. If you've seen Jared Padalecki as Sam in Supernatural or as Dean in Gilmore Girls, you know that he is a master at portraying youthful innocence in a grounded, relatable way. Sam and Dean were never quite as optimistic and idealistic as Thomas Kinkade is in this movie, so it's a marvel to see Jared add such depth and uniqueness to Thomas without making him anything remotely like Sam or Dean.


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