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The Christmas Candle (2013)

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A pastor who's suffered a personal loss accepts a position in a town that believes in a Christmas miracle candle, which he strives to abolish.

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John Stephenson

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Max Lucado (based on the novel by), Candace Lee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Matheson ... David Richmond
Samantha Barks ... Emily Barstow
Lesley Manville ... Bea Haddington
Sylvester McCoy ... Edward Haddington
James Cosmo ... Herbert Hopewell
Susan Boyle ... Eleanor Hopewell
Barbara Flynn ... Lady Camdon
John Hannah ... William Barstow
Jude Wright ... Charlie Barstow
Morgan Jones ... Phineas Barber
Alice Bonifacio Alice Bonifacio ... Delilah Barber
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Oliver Barber
Beatrice Curnew ... Agnes Chumley
Patricia England Patricia England ... Mrs. Chumley
Tessa Bell-Briggs Tessa Bell-Briggs ... Widow Leonard (as Tessa Bell Briggs)
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Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every twenty-five years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle and prays before it receives a miracle on Christmas Eve, but in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end. When David Richmond, a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David's quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow. Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle, but when the blessed candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen. Written by The Christmas Candle

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Licht der Weihnacht See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,655, 15 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,209,479, 20 December 2013
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Trivia

Samantha Barks and Hans Matheson have both been in film productions of 'Les Misérables'. Barks playing the part of Éponine in the 2012 musical version (reprising her West End role) and Matheson playing Marius in the 1998 film. See more »

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Bea Haddington: Light this and pray.
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Soundtracks

Miracles All Around
Music by Luke Atencio
Lyrics by Candace Lee
Arrangement by Tom Trapp
Performed by Susan Boyle
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"The Christmas Candle" is a simple joy
26 November 2013 | by nymiz1791See all my reviews

I sweet, simple enjoyable Christmas film with a message of faith and hope. Beautifully filmed, with a lovely score, I think the film's weakness was a script that did not fully take advantage of the beautiful story of faith and prayer by Max Lucado. Still, "The Christmas Candle" is well worth your time with its message of miracles and faith. That said, I am saddened to see the effort to attack this film because of its Christian themes and because it is produced by Rick Santorum. Unfortunately, it seems that the secular progressives here will savage any film that dares present God/Jesus Christ in a positive light and will somehow find a way to work in pointless, ad hominem attacks against, of all things, the Tea Party into a movie review. Still, if you go see this film, you may find it in your heart to love those who find the need to attack people (and films) of faith and pray that, someday, they too will bathe in the healing light of "The Christmas Candle."


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