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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.

Director:

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.

Genres:

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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Country:

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

Aaron Ashmore, who played the younger brother of Jared Padalecki's character in this movie is in fact three years older than Padalecki. Ashmore was born in 1979 while Padalecki was born in 1982. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Glen: Thank you.
Maryanne Kinkade: What for?
Glen: You managed to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
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Inspired by true events See more »

Soundtracks

My Hometown
Written by Chuck Prophet and Aidan Hawken
Performed by Aidan Hawken
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A sumptuous production worth seeing!
16 November 2008 | by Len9876See all my reviews

This film, co-produced by Thomas Kinkade, is as beautiful, natural, and true-to-life as his paintings. Michael Campus, the director provides a breathtaking and memorable reminder of the Christmases of old. This, in addition to the capable writing of Ken LaZebnik, adds to the color of the Christmas story. Jared Padalecki (Thomas Kinkade), who provided a great deal of the emotion and feel of the movie, is a gifted actor. He shows much promise, and it is hoped that a brilliant and long acting career is in his future. Peter O'Toole (Glen Wessler), another gifted and sensitive actor, provides 'the light' for this and many superb performances. Mr. O'Toole is probably best remembered for his award- winning performance in "Lawrence of Arabia". And, it is always good to see Charlotte Rae and Ed Asner, who greatly add to this and many winning performances. Marcia Gay Harden's inner beauty, and outer loveliness, come through in this film. This is a feel-good movie, which does present like a Hallmark Christmas card, but I think that this quality only adds to the presentation. Thomas Kinkade has his own unique style, a brilliance that increasingly illuminates his work. This, along with the spirit of Christmas, makes this film worth seeing. There is empowerment in the story--which, in my opinion, makes this movie deserving of no less than a 10 out of 10. Enjoy the film, and see it with someone you love. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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