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A Christmas Wish (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Movie 20 November 2011
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Martha Evans has been abandoned by her husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her stepson and two daughters. Martha leaves town hoping to find a... See full summary »


Craig Clyde


Craig Clyde
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy Swanson ... Martha Evans
Edward Herrmann ... Les McCallum
K.C. Clyde ... Joe Hopkins
Tess Harper ... Trudy Willis
Kevin Herring III Kevin Herring III ... Miles Evans (as Kevin Lee Herring III)
Kirstin Dorn ... Mel Evans
Mike Hagerty ... Owen Bullington
Page Petrucka ... Lola Metcalf
Star Herrmann Star Herrmann ... Carol Ann Bullington
Danielle C. Ryan ... Jeanie Bullington (as Danielle Chuchran)
Bart Johnson ... Cal Evans
Claudia Mejia Claudia Mejia ... Carmelita Carnes
Kent Richards ... Jim Carnes
Shawn Nottingham Shawn Nottingham ... Frank Rasmussen
Lilee Clyde Lilee Clyde ... Lilee Evans


Martha Evans has been abandoned by her husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her stepson and two daughters. Martha leaves town hoping to find a job and a place to stay, and she finally finds a job at a sleepy rural diner once famous for its homemade root beer. But with her car broken down and the bills piling up, Christmas looks bleak for Martha and her family. But warm hearts are working behind the scenes that ultimate make this the happiest holiday of Martha's life. Written by Bryce Fillmore

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Kristy Swanson (Martha) played Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Edward Hermann (Les, the cranky customer that Martha wins over) was the head vampire in The Lost Boys, both were iconic Vampire movies for Gen X'ers. See more »


At the end of the movie, in the middle of grey skies and snow, the church bells ring. "Where's the church?" is asked. Flashing to the church, within sight of where everyone is standing, the church is basking in bright sunshine and blue skies. Back to the group, they gather and walk to the church which is now within the grey skies/snow scene. See more »


Martha Evans: Women are like teabags. You don't know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.
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Angels We Have Heard on High
Written by Edward Shippen Barnes
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A Good Family Friendly, Family Values Movie
23 November 2011 | by dickklipSee all my reviews

This is a very watchable movie, very typical of the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, which my wife and I love to watch to get us in the holiday spirit. As is typical, we find a woman whose rodeo cowboy husband has abandoned her; leaving her broke and with three kids to care for. Things go from bad to worse as she battles a series of mishaps trying to find a new home for herself and her children. If you ever think that you've had a bad day or week, you've never gone through anything like this woman faces! The acting is, however, very good, from a variety of veterans, like Edward Hermann, Tess Harper, and others. Ultimately, as with all Hallmark movies, things are resolved in the final six minutes.

This is a very enjoyable movie, and I was especially surprised and impressed with the plot theme of showing the true meaning of Christmas, and the power of prayer, something which most modern movies avoid. It definitely is a "feel good" movie, and one which teaches strong family values. Despite the predicable, and somewhat thin plot, and several loose ends being hastily tied up at the end, it is worth the watch.

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Release Date:

20 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Root Beer Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

15 N 1600 W, Mapleton, UT, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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