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Moonlight & Mistletoe (2008)

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In 'Saint' Nick Crosby's old-fashioned year-round Christmas village Santaville, working as an elf on Christmas preparations all year killed his daughter Holly's seasonal spirit. So she ... See full summary »

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Karen Arthur

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tom Arnold ... Nick
Candace Cameron Bure ... Holly (as Candace Cameron-Bure)
Barbara Niven ... Ginny
Matt Walton ... Ben Richards
Allan F. Nicholls ... Earl (as Allan Nicholls)
Kaily Smith Westbrook ... Brenda (as Kaily Smith)
Bruce Bouchard Bruce Bouchard ... Mr. Covell
Richard Waterhouse Richard Waterhouse ... Mr. Jennings
Taylor Ampatiellos Taylor Ampatiellos ... Willy
Lillian Pritchard Lillian Pritchard ... Young Holly
Ari Larson Ari Larson ... Young Peter
Parma Parma ... Nick's Dog
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heather Remick Heather Remick ... Della (as Heather Geromin Remick)
Christopher Wiehl ... Peter
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Storyline

In 'Saint' Nick Crosby's old-fashioned year-round Christmas village Santaville, working as an elf on Christmas preparations all year killed his daughter Holly's seasonal spirit. So she moved out, feeling neglected since her mother's death, to become a Boston toy firm's hardest-working sales executive. When Nick has a bad injury she returns to help out and finds Santaville outdated and near bankruptcy despite much generous help, especially from shy Peter. She tries to save it, counting on a plan proposed by charming financial advisor Ben Richards. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Family | Romance

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moonlight & Mistletoe See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was Candace Cameron Buret's first Hallmark Christmas movie. See more »

Goofs

The 'mistletoe' in Holly's father's memory box is not mistletoe at all. The leaves are completely the wrong shape and size. See more »

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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Annoying
20 December 2008 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I'm afraid I find the performances in this drama about a man who runs a 365-day-a-year Santa Claus Village that is about to go under (Tom Arnold) and his daughter who moved away (Candace Cameron Bure) rather poor. Tom Arnold is clueless and nasal until the plot calls for a bit of warmth and Miss Bure, while very pretty, is shrill.The other actors are good, but their roles seem to be matters of revealing the secrets that made them come to Santaville for some warm fuzzy moments. In fact, that seems to be the entire set-up of this movie: conflict, then warm fuzzy moment, and the performances make it all seem very calculated.

Even the camera work supports this: consider, if you will, the scene where Tom Arnold and Candace Cameron Bure finally bond. The are sitting at the dining room table, going over his mementos of his dead wife. Instead of shooting it in an extended two-shot, which would have been more difficult to achieve and hence more expensive, but more effective, it is shot in a series of close-up reaction shots: basically, instead of two people together, it winds up two people apart. Using a yellow light for atmosphere does not make up for missed opportunities in the service of a small budget, alas.


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