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The National Tree (2009)

TV-G | | Drama | TV Movie 28 November 2009
A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree.

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Graeme Campbell

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David Kranes (based upon the book by), Lloyd Fonvielle (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew McCarthy ... Corey Burdock
Evan Williams ... Rock Burdock
Kari Matchett ... Faith
Paula Brancati ... Katie
Jayne Eastwood ... Lana
Ted Atherton ... Aaron
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge ... Jim
Trent McMullen ... Hank
Vas Saranga ... Ash (as Vasantha Saranga)
Amanda Joy ... Ming (as Amanda Joy Lim)
Kristina Nicoll ... Belinda
Jean Daigle Jean Daigle ... Eddie
B.J. McQueen B.J. McQueen ... Trucker (as B.J McQueen)
Bubba Bubba ... Dc Police Officer
Joanne Reece Joanne Reece ... Secretary (as Joanne Reese)
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A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nemzet karácsonyfája See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Kari Matchett second Christmas Movie. See more »

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During the two mall parking lot scenes in Iowa and Indiana, the same Sears store can be seen in the background. See more »

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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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You won't be barking up the wrong "tree" to view this one, haha, its quite lovely
6 October 2010 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Corey (Andrew McCarthy) and his teenage son, Rock (Evan Williams) live in rustic Oregon country. A widower for a long time, Corey once planted a tree for his day-old son that has now grown quite large. Unknown to the father, Rock entered the tree into a contest to be chosen as the official National Tree for the approaching holiday season. He wins! Rock is appropriately excited, especially since he has a blog site to spread the good news to his cyber friends. But, Corey initially is reluctant. Only after the lady in charge, Faith, assures him that the tree will be transported "live", not cut down, does he relent. But, Corey insists on driving the huge truck that will take the tree cross-country. Rock will ride shotgun and is looking forward to stopping at his grandmother's in the Dakotas and at the house of a good looking Internet gal pal in Wyoming. The trip turns dangerous quickly, when father and son run into a forest fire. But, after making it through that hazard, they land in Caspar, where Rock is thrilled to meet Katie. So happy is the young couple that they go against Corey's wishes and sneak Katie into the truck's hold for the journey. Will they make it all the way to D.C. and will Corey get angry when he discovers the stowaway? Also, could strong-and-silent Corey actually have eyes for Faith, despite her upcoming nuptials? This is quite a lovely film for the holidays, with plenty of romance and adventure for most family members. McCarthy has a nice turn as the somewhat grouchy and stoic father while Williams is wonderful as the talented son. All of the other cast members do a fine job as well. The cross country trip is a visual treat while the costumes and other production values are well above average. All in all, you won't be barking up the wrong tree if you seek out this film to share with your family. It is another fine choice for holiday viewing that will please most everyone who plops down for a showing.


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