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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 ... 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

The automobile that Rodney's mama picks him up & packs his belongings in is at least a 1970-1972 Oldsmobile cutlass; the story was supposed to take place in '60's. Was this error? 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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Loved the movie!!!
23 December 2009 | by brohdawSee all my reviews

First, I agree with jlynrobertson's comment about compassion being on the TV; it's refreshing to know there are still TV shows out there that we can value with our children and loved ones...my son (12 yrs. old) watch the movie with me and he had tons of 'why' and 'how' questions and I was so glad that he realized there was a true meaning behind this movie...and hope there are enough shows like this to last him a lifetime that he can learn from - as opposed to being in such a hurry and snubbing people off like we see so often in real life and the violence we even see even in cartoons now.

Second, I agree with claudiapatx's comment that the part about the pictures from a catalog as Christmas gifts - made me cry too! (and wouldn't you know, that's when my sister calls on the phone LOL Excellent, excellent movie!!!


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