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Nativity! (2009)

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An uptight but secretly heartbroken primary school teacher's little white lie about Hollywood coming to see his class' nativity play grows like wildfire in his rag-tag school low on self-esteem.

Director:

Debbie Isitt

Writer:

Debbie Isitt (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Freeman ... Paul Maddens
Marc Wootton ... Mr. Poppy
Jason Watkins ... Gordon Shakespeare
Ashley Jensen ... Jennifer Lore
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Bevan
Alan Carr ... The Critic
Ricky Tomlinson ... Lord Mayor
Rosie Cavaliero ... Miss Rye
John Sessions ... Mr. Lore
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Lore
Clarke Peters ... Studio Boss
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... Father Tom
Matt Rippy ... Harrison
Rhydian Jones ... Studio Receptionist
Selina Cadell ... Oakmoor Headmistress
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Storyline

This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens is charged with producing the school's nativity play. Competing against the posh rival school for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood Producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is - they haven't spoken in years. With eccentric assistant Mr Poppy fuelling his 'little white lie', Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the center of quarreling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Maddens' only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody's Christmas wishes come true. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief language and mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Nativity was shot in Coventry during the summer. The local inhabitants decorated the streets to make it look more Chistmassy. See more »

Goofs

When Patrick Burns speaks to Paul Maddens, when questioned about sensing anger Paul refers to Patrick as his actor name 'Alan'. See more »

Crazy Credits

End-credits dedication: "This film is dedicated to inspirational teachers everywhere." See more »

Connections

Featured in Angela and Friends: Episode #1.14 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber and lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Performed by Hayley Westenra
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User Reviews

 
Lights, camera, Nativity
28 December 2011 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Nativity is a lovely family film that can be enjoyed by all. No it's never going to be an Oscar winning film but for nice entertainment this film can not be beat. It is perfect for Christmas.

The plot is simple and Martin Freeman is impressive as the lead teach trying to stage a great nativity play and the kids playing his pupils all bring their own charm to the piece.

Ashley Jensen and Pam Ferris add their own talents to the proceedings while Alan Carr is ... well Alan Carr. Special credit must also go Marc Wootton playing Mr Poppy who steals every scene he is in while also forming a nice double act with Freeman.

Overall a film well worth finding.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,494,434
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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