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Angels Sing (2013)

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As a child, Michael Walker wished every day could be Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for the ... See full summary »

Director:

Tim McCanlies

Writers:

Lou Berney (screenplay by), Turk Pipkin (based on the novel by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Connick Jr. ... Michael Walker
Connie Britton ... Susan Walker
Chandler Canterbury ... David Walker
Fionnula Flanagan ... Ma
Lyle Lovett ... Griffin
Willie Nelson ... Nick
Kris Kristofferson ... The Colonel
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Maggie
Eloise DeJoria ... Laura
Dylan Summerall ... Young Uncle David
Brennan Barker Brennan Barker ... Young Michael
Deborah Cole Deborah Cole ... Theresa
Sara Hickman Sara Hickman ... Aunt Claire
Turk Pipkin ... Uncle Theo
Lidia Porto ... Rosalba
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Storyline

As a child, Michael Walker wished every day could be Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for the holidays, despite encouragement from his playful wife and well-intentioned parents. But when his young son faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick gives Michael a gift and instills in him the courage to find the joy that he lost. Written by Anonymous

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Christmas comes but once a year, but the memories last a lifetime.

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Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When Angels Sing See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture of the young soldier shown at The Colonel's funeral was an actual photo of actor Kris Kristofferson during his Military career in which he was a helicopter pilot, attaining the rank of Captain before resigning his commission to pursue his singing career. See more »

Goofs

After Michael dodges the reindeer and dives off of his bicycle with his back to the camera, one shoulder of the actor's (or stunt double's) hoodie is covered in leaves and twigs, and his other shoulder is clean. However, when the camera angle changes, his previously clean shoulder is now covered in leaves. See more »

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References A Christmas Story (1983) See more »

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Superb! A modern replacement for "It's A Wonderful Life."
7 December 2013 | by ftbearSee all my reviews

I don't know enough superlatives to accurately describe this movie. It is a masterpiece.

It's a perfect blending of the truth of Christmas with the joyous celebration of life, love and family.

Some years back, I was dismayed when "the Grinch" found a way to copyright "It's A Wonderful Life" effectively removing it from it's richly deserved attention at Christmas time.

IAWL seems to have been replaced by the 1983 film "A Christmas Story." I've watched and enjoyed ACS more than once. I like the film, but it's missing some key elements wonderfully portrayed in "It's A Wonderful Life." Namely, the value of the individual life and our relationship with God.

"Angels Sing" has, in my estimation, moved in to solidly fill that gap.

Christmas impacts different people in different ways. For our central character, wonderfully portrayed by Harry Connick, Jr; it's not a time of celebration but a season filled with painful memories.

His family wants to celebrate Christmas but he simply can't enter into it with them. Many of us, to one degree or another, carry emotional scars from the past. Our hero carries a big one.

His story, and the films ending, creates all the heart filling satisfaction - and conveys all the truth - contained in IAWL.

What's not to like? Humor, music, tragic loss and then life regained. This is indeed a story for the whole family. I hope to see it in widespread television replays in Christmas seasons to come.

SPECIAL NOTE: Willie Nelson creates a GEM of a character in this film. Willie,I didn't know you had it in you. Thanks.

Don't be concerned about the low rating. This is largely a result of the "drive-by shooting" reviews from people that never saw the film, or can't seem to figure out that a movie with "Angels" in the title might (horrors) have elements of Christianity in it. Surprise, surprise.


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