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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

Writer:

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

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

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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

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Glen listens to Debussy's "Clair de Lune" a few times, which is not listed among music used in the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Glen: It's the light, Thom, that's what lasts. The leaves are transient. They grow, turn green, turn red and die, but behind them the light lasts forever.
Maryanne Kinkade: Glen, please, come sit down.
Glen: [to Thom] Paint the light.
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Inspired by true events See more »

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My Only Friend
Written by Dave Pelman (as W David Pelman)
Performed by Dave Pelman (as W David Pelman) and Shawn Pander
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I wish there were more slow-moving movies out there . . .
29 January 2010 | by dennisg-6See all my reviews

This movie moves slowly. This is a VERY different type of thing. Sometimes I am in the mood for a slow-mover (so, this one rises to the top of the list). Also, there are no "kookie" gimmicks used to fill-it-out. These things, alone, make this a special viewing.

Beyond that, I enjoyed Peter O'Toole's role (dying inside because of his wife's death, looking for inspiration to paint again). Add to that, a familiar cast of faces, including: Ed Asner as a bright (but subdued) role of an art dealer. Chris Elliott also stands out as the large-ego'd mayor of Placerville

Shake, and pour into a tall glass. In the world of Christmas movies with $12 scripts, this one stands out.


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