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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 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

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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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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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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Written by Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr
Arranged by Tom Trapp
Performed by The Hackney Singers
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Fabulous New Christmas Classic of our Times!
25 November 2013 | by Kay MSee all my reviews

I went to see The Christmas Candle this weekend with my kids, ages 10-17, and they all loved it! It was so well done - from the acting (fantastic casting!) - Sylvester McCoy and Samantha Barks were my very favorites! -- to the story (so rich!) -- to the scenery and music. It was simply divine and I'm planning to go again on Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy it with my extended family.

One thing I enjoyed the most was that it wasn't a canned Hollywood formula, but a beautiful and original film, that kept me fixated to my seat the entire time. One thing that was very unusual - was that after it was over, no one got up to leave. Everyone stayed glued to their seats, silent, as Susan Boyle sang and the credits rolled. It was a moment in time, I shall never forget.

The movie made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me consider my own doubts in my faith at times in my life. I definitely recommend this to all people, of all faiths or no faiths, and of all ages, except maybe 3 and under.

Thumbs up, as they say!


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