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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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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 »

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

Quotes

Thomas Kinkade: You always told me you weren't gonna teach me how to paint, but why to paint, and I'll be forever grateful to you for that. I wish I could give you back something, but I have nothing. We're losing the cottage, Glen. A year from now, I have no idea where we'll be. This may be our last Christmas together and I have no gift for you, Glen, no way to thank you for everything. No money, nothing... just love. I love you, Glen. Don't... don't give up, please. That's the first thing you taught me about ...
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Written and Performed by Johnny Caruso
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Small Town Values
30 December 2010 | by joydancer52See all my reviews

Sons coming home for Christmas and their discoveries about themselves, their family, and their Source of inspiration leaves the watcher wondering about what they value most, who has influenced them. An excellent film to watch with your entire family. The acting, the wisp of humor, the characters are all captivating! The true story will and does inspire the artist in each of us to draw upon those experiences that change us. Thomas Kincaid is an artist that is known world round and this movie is a tribute to his mother and Peter O'Toole who captures the character perfectly. This film carries in it the quality of "Its a Wonderful Life". A great holiday flick for the family.


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