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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 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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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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Trivia

In the scene where Thomas (Jared Padalecki) is crying, Peter O'Toole had to reel him in after the take because Jared couldn't stop crying. He told him, "stop that. These are Thomas's tears, not Jared's." See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Thomas Kinkade: Those were the last brushstrokes Glen ever painted. He sat at our table for Christmas dinner.
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Inspired by true events See more »

Soundtracks

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Written by Charles Wesley (uncredited) and Felix Mendelssohn (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Performed by Coastal Sound Music Academy Society
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Well Made.
20 June 2019 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

Review Date 6/20/2019

I Have Reviewed OVER 500 "Christmas Films and Specials". Please BEWARE Of films and specials with just one review! For instance When "It's a POSITIVE" chances are that the reviewer was involved with the production. "If its Negative" then they may have a grudge against the film for whatever reason. I am fare about these films.

This film has "Christmas Spirit" to spare. It is a well made star filled story that you can't help but to overlook that it does rip-off of "It's a Wonderful Life". In this film Christmas Cottage tells the semi-autobiographical tale of how a young boy is propelled to launch a career as an artist after he learns that his mother is in danger of losing the family home.

The film works and that is all that matters. Watch it with your family!


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Release Date:

11 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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$45,718
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1.78 : 1
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