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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 ne'er-do-well husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her two daughters and stepson. Martha leaves town in... See full summary »


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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 Kirstin Dorn ... Mel Evans
Mike Hagerty ... Owen Bullington
Page Petrucka 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 Kent Richards ... Jim Carnes
Shawn Nottingham Shawn Nottingham ... Frank Rasmussen
Lilee Clyde Lilee Clyde ... Lilee Evans


MARTHA EVANS has been abandoned by her ne'er-do-well husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her two daughters and stepson. Martha leaves town in hopes of finding a job and a place to stay, she finally finds a job at a sleepy rural diner, formerly famous for its home-made root beer. But with her car broken down and the bills piling up, it looks like it's going to be a bleak Christmas for the Evans family. However, there are warm hearts working behind the scenes that ultimately make this the happiest holiday of Martha's life -- a real answer to her prayers... Written by Bryce Fillmore

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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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Color (HD)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


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: Okay, how do you want your eggs?
Les McCallum: From a chicken.
Martha Evans: [Writing on her order pad] Right! No fish eggs. Uh, how do you want 'em?
Les McCallum: On a plate.
Martha Evans: Raw?
Les McCallum: Over, easy.
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Touching performance by Kristy Swanson
25 December 2011 | by emaureenSee all my reviews

The drama rose above the clichés because of excellent performances all around, especially by Kristy Swanson. There was enough material, and enough characters (mostly endearing), for a regular TV series spanning a year. This single mom had a TERRIBLE two weeks. My only regret was the inevitability of everything winding up in a hurry.

I got a laugh from the review saying that at 42, Swanson was too old to play the part of someone who should be around 30. For this role, you need someone who might be thirty but who shows the prematurely ageing effects of too much worry and too many sleepless nights. I thought she was perfect. Lots of good characters, so this Hallmark Christmas movie is recommended. However, I'd steer clear of the menu at the diner, far too much gravy.

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