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The Christmas Hope (2009)

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When lives intertwine during Christmas, hope is the only unifying gift. After suffering a personal tragedy, a social worker throws herself into finding homes for children in need.

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Norma Bailey

Writers:

Wesley Bishop (teleplay) (as Wesley G. Bishop), Donna Van Liere (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Stowe ... Patricia Addison
James Remar ... Mark Addison
Ian Ziering ... Nathan Andrews
Tori Barban ... Emily Adams
Phillip Jarrett ... Roy
Jayne Eastwood ... Charlotte
Devon Weigel ... Traci Adams
Rebecca Gibson ... Megan Andrews
Daniel Boiteau Daniel Boiteau ... Justin
Garth Merkeley ... Sean Addison
Mariam Bernstein Mariam Bernstein ... Sandra
Alicia Johnston ... Mona
Sean O'Brian ... Joe
Susanna Portnoy Susanna Portnoy ... Mandy
Omar Alex Khan ... Cop (as Omar Khan)
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When lives intertwine during Christmas, hope is the only unifying gift. After suffering a personal tragedy, a social worker throws herself into finding homes for children in need.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas Hope See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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During the opening scene of the movie, the small mountain town being shown is actually Ouray, Colorado. See more »

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Follows The Christmas Blessing (2005) See more »

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Christmas story of loss, suffering, healing and love
26 December 2014 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

The plot for "The Christmas Hope" is one that might make a story any time of the year. Indeed, most long-time movie buffs will have seen several films with similar plots. Still, we are drawn to another tale of love, tragedy and loss, healing and love renewed. The Christmas setting for this film gives the plot some special twists.

The cast are all quite good. Madeleine Stowe gives an excellent performance at the grief-stricken Patricia Addison. She is on-again, off-again with her misery at the loss of her son two years before. She handles with mastery her shifts from periods of bitterness and melancholy, to those of caring for a young girl who has just lost her mother. In her tender roles as a child welfare worker, she imparts just enough reticence about warming up to a child, that one can sense the hurt and sorrow she must still feel. At the same time, we wonder why she has not been able to get through such a long period of grieving. James Remar is equally good in his lesser role as Mark Addison, her husband.

This is a very good film that the whole family should enjoy. It may take some explaining for smaller children – and reassuring. As with other melodramas of holiday periods, Christmas Hope has some interesting twists and connections.


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