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Dear Santa (2011)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 26 November 2011
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A young woman who comes from a life of privilege falls for the owner of a soup kitchen after discovering a Dear Santa letter written by his seven year old daughter.

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Jason Priestley
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Amy Acker ... Crystal Carruthers
David Haydn-Jones ... Derek Gowen
Emma Duke Emma Duke ... Olivia Gowen
Patrick Creery ... Pete Kennedy
Gina Holden ... Jillian
James Dugan James Dugan ... Frank McCourt
Margherita Donato Margherita Donato ... Kim
Brooklynn Proulx ... Sharla
Paulina 'Miel' Chmielecka ... Saleswoman (as Paulina Chmielecka)
Bob Irvine Bob Irvine
James D. Hopkin James D. Hopkin ... Mr. Norman Lockhart
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Storyline

Beverly Hills 90210 alumni Jason Priestly takes the helm for this warmhearted romantic comedy about a die-hard party girl struggling to change her frivolous ways. Crystal (Amy Acker) comes from a wealthy family. She loves spending money. Her parent's money. When they decide it is time for her to make something of her life they give her until Christmas to clean up her act. Should Crystal fail to comply, her credit cards will be promptly cancelled. Petrified at the prospect of having no money and no boyfriend, Crystal has a flash of inspiration when she finds a letter to Santa from seven year old Olivia (Emma Duke). In the letter, Olivia asks Santa to find her widowed father Derek (David Haydn-Jones) a new wife. He owner of a local soup kitchen, Derek has dedicated his life to helping others. Though Crystal has never set foot in a soup kitchen, she soon seeks Derek out and begins volunteering her time in an effort to get closer to him. Little does Crystal realize that Derek's girlfriend... Written by Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caro Babbo Natale... See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD3,950,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Both Amy Acker and Gina Holden appeared in the first season of Supernatural (2005). See more »

Goofs

During the opening title sequence we see our main character walking to do some Christmas shopping. She takes out her iPhone to look at her "Shopping list" via the iPhone notes app. Even though it appears to be Christmas all around, with shops displaying seasonal window displays, the phone displays "Today 31 Mar" in the note. See more »

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References Desperate Housewives (2004) See more »

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Tonight
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Music by Mitch Lee
Sung by Jocelyn Alice
Published by Locash Records (2011)
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Better than you'd think!
5 December 2011 | by DaysofOdumbaSee all my reviews

Formulaic, cheesy, cliché'd and wonderful. Maybe it is all of the afore mentioned, but it is Christmas! Surprisingly well cast with Amy Acker stealing your heart as the rich girl gone good, and a nice turn by Haydn-Jones as the love interest. Gina Holden is excellent in the evil queen personage and Olivia Gowan is not allowed by director Jason Priestly to over act (which is sometimes the problem with made for TV productions) and she does wonderfully. Appreciative nods also must be given to Peter Creery in the role of matchmaker...

A sweet movie not to be taken seriously, and something you can watch with your child or your girlfriend.


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