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Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade (2012)

An eager Thanksgiving parade coordinator is shocked when a wealthy consultant is hired to analyze its finances. Faced with teaching him that the parade means so much more to her than money, she finds herself reluctantly falling for him.


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Credited cast:
Autumn Reeser ... Emily Jones
Antonio Cupo ... Henry Williams
April Telek ... Donna
Ben Cotton ... Brian
Ali Liebert ... Jaclyn
Alvin Sanders ... Paul
Richard Ian Cox ... Limo Driver
Barbara Kottmeier ... Gretchen
David Hovan ... Giano
Callum Seagram Airlie ... Greg
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay Brazeau ... Doorman
Fulvio Cecere ... Tour Boat Operator
Denalda Williams Denalda Williams ... Maseleine


Chicago native Emily Jones loves her city, and has dedicated her career to coordinating its beloved Thanksgiving Day parade every year. This year, Emily is hoping for a memorable holiday and anticipating a long-awaited proposal from her long-distance boyfriend Brian. Then, the parade director hires a wealthy development consultant, Henry Williams, to analyze the finances of the parade and increase profits. Immediately writing Henry off as a privileged playboy, Emily worries he will ruin the joyful spirit of the parade, not knowing how much it means to the city like she does. As the two are forced to work together to pull off a successful production, Emily is determined to show Henry she's in charge. But when Emily suffers a sudden setback, she starts to rely on Henry to help her through it, and suddenly realizes she might be falling for him. As Thanksgiving draws nearer, can Emily confess her true feelings and end the feud while still putting on the parade of her dreams? Written by Hallmark Channel

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Release Date:

4 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hálaadás-napi szerelem See more »

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16:9 HD
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The final memo Henry issued on the parade was clearly never meant to be read by viewers, as it appears to be a recycled technical memo regarding object oriented software development, making nonsensical statements like "The Company's principal operating objective is to dominate the object oriented parade market."

Also, financial information included in the memo is for dates that make no sense in relation to the film, as it references projections for the years 2012 - 2015 but provides supposed financial data for the years 2003 - 2007. See more »


When Emily and Henry are walking to lunch, Henry's tie starts out gray but by the time they arrive at the restaurant, it is black and striped. See more »


Emily Jones: The parade isn't about money.
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References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »


Written by Peter Allen and David Hudgins
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Doesn't do Chicago justice...typical Hallmark Faire
7 November 2013 | by uwsupergirlSee all my reviews

Watchable typical formula Hallmark fare. Seems to borrow elements from many other movies, in particular Sandra Bullock movies-While You Were Sleeping (location-Chicago), Two Weeks (absent boyfriend into whales, afraid of boats, he babysits her after she and the whale-dude break up and she drinks too much, he's the rich guy to hate/love, she's filled with "ideals"), Proposal(main characters antagonize each other at first). I agree with another reviewer that Autumn Reeser's voice is annoyingly similar to the clipped bossy voice of Reese Witherspoon's Elle Wood. That all said, as a native Chicagoan, other than some distant shots of Chicago Landmarks-the River, the Lakefront, some buildings-the rest is completely lacking in Chicago feel-the girls apartment, the hysterical indoor/outdoor supermarket (in Chicago in November?), the pizzeria that totally lacks charm, the park where the elderly couples dance? None of it looks like Chicago! If you are going to make a point of letting us know that this is Chicago, then you need to try harder to make it authentic. Just because you put a fur coat on a character and film them in a LA studio doesn't mean it looks like Chicago! Might fool some people but not me! Plus my mother worked for the city so the whole way the parade was planned was also a joke to me. As for the characters, predictable but not totally boring. But only because I was doing something else while I watched-multi-tasking. So if you're sick in bed with the flu or something, and nothing else is on, then I say go for it! Otherwise, you'll want your two hours back and if you're from Chicago you should watch just to entertain yourself with the goofs!

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