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Christmas in Canaan (2009)

TV-PG | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 12 December 2009
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DJ and Rodney don't like each other from the start. Rodney thinks DJ is an ignorant white farm boy, and DJ thinks Rodney acts too smart for his own good. After a school bus scuffle between ... See full summary »

Director:

Neill Fearnley

Writers:

Donald Davenport (teleplay) (as Donald J. Davenport), Kenny Rogers (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Ray Cyrus ... Daniel Burton
Tom Heaton ... Wylie
Jaishon Fisher ... Young Rodney
Zak Ludwig ... Young DJ
Jessica McLeod ... Young Sarah (as Jessica Mcleod)
Darien Provost Darien Provost ... Young Bobby
Candus Churchill ... Eunice
Tom McBeath ... Carl (as Tom Mcbeath)
Matt Ward ... Older Rodney
Jacob Blair ... Older DJ
Emily Tennant ... Older Sarah
Brendan Meyer ... Older Bobby
Julian Christopher ... Shoup (as Julian D. Christopher)
Paul Herbert Paul Herbert ... Clancey
Rukiya Bernard ... Charlene
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Storyline

DJ and Rodney don't like each other from the start. Rodney thinks DJ is an ignorant white farm boy, and DJ thinks Rodney acts too smart for his own good. After a school bus scuffle between the two, DJ's father and Rodney's grandmother come up with a clever solution that brings the boys closer than either of them would like. Living in Canaan, Texas in the 1960s does not make it easy for a black boy and a white boy to forge a friendship. It is only amid the magic of an unforgettable Christmas that DJ and Rodney discover a land of milk and honey where hope and love make all the difference. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au nom de l'amitié See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Canaan, Texas is a small town northeast of Denton, Texas, near the Oklahoma border. See more »

Connections

Followed by Christmas Comes Home to Canaan (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Down Sweet Chariot
Performed by The Crownsmen Quartet
Featuring: Ronald Ray Cyrus, Bill Watkins, Ronnie Large, Mike Barber & Donny
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Previous reviewers nailed it: Great movie
12 December 2010 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Leery of TV Christmas movies, I watched this one on the Hallmark Channel recently (December, 2010) with my finger on the channel changer.

But I'm glad I didn't leave.

First, it is a wonderful story, just what we need to remind us that, despite politicians, such as George W. Bush and Barack Obama, playing such hob with the economy, tough times don't last and tough people do.

"Canaan" is also another reminder that a movie can be good even with a cast of -- at least to me at this viewing -- unrecognizable actors.

Every player, even the youngest, was thoroughly believable.

The script avoided clichés or, if seeming clichés were unavoidable, used them to creatively further the story.

Sure, it might make any good-hearted person cry, but there is nothing wrong with that, especially around Christmas time.


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