3 user 2 critic

Silver Bells (2013)

TV-G | | Family | Video 4 September 2015
An overly win-driven sportscaster goes too far and must perform community service during December as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army.


Harold Cronk


Learn more

More Like This 

Silver Bells (TV Movie 2005)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Manhattanite Catherine O'Mara (Heche) bonds with a young man who has run away from his father. When the father returns to New York a year later to sell his Christmas trees, he and Catherine cross paths.

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Anne Heche, Tate Donovan, Michael Mitchell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Heroes Mickey and his best friend, Sully, are forced to take on a mission to save our country from the evil plans of Admiral Ironsides. The Admiral and his motley crew of modern day pirates... See full summary »

Director: Harold Cronk
Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Tia Carrere, Frank Collison
A Christmas Wish (TV Movie 2011)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

MARTHA EVANS has been abandoned by her ne'er-do-well husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her two daughters and stepson. Martha leaves town in... See full summary »

Director: Craig Clyde
Stars: Kristy Swanson, Edward Herrmann, K.C. Clyde
Family | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When a mythical device from ancient times is rebuilt by a group of Confederates who feel the Civil War never ended, Mickey Matson and his newfound friend, Sully, must follow a series of ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Cronk
Stars: Derek Brandon, Francesca Derosa, Patrika Darbo
Battle of the Bulbs (TV Movie 2010)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Bob Wallace makes sure to go all out every year on Christmas decorations so that he can have the brightest and most festive house in his neighborhood. This year, he notices that his new ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Frost
Stars: Daniel Stern, Matt Frewer, Allison Hossack
Pete's Christmas (TV Movie 2013)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A put-upon teen finds himself reliving the same miserable Christmas day over and over again.

Director: Nisha Ganatra
Stars: Zachary Gordon, Molly Parker, Rick Roberts
The Thanksgiving House (TV Movie 2013)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When Boston lawyer Mary Ross inherits a house in Plymouth from her late aunt, she has no idea she may have inherited a historical treasure. Mary's initial desire to sell the house is ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Emily Rose, Justin Bruening, Julia Jones
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

While grieving the loss of her husband, a financially struggling widow meets a race car driver.

Director: Harold Cronk
Stars: Matthew Derek Davis, Arthur Cartwright, Adam Agee


Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Boxleitner ... Bruce Dalt
Kenton Duty ... Jason Dalt
Antonio Fargas ... Major Melvin Lowell
Bridgett Newton ... Piper Dalt
Russell Wolfe Russell Wolfe ... Jim Morgan
Laura Spencer ... Kasey Dalt
Amy E. Kiser ... Lesley Stiles
Kevin Downes ... Ref #1
Ryan Newman Ryan Newman ... Ref #2
John Benchley John Benchley ... Food Volunteer
Kym Whitehead Kym Whitehead ... Roberta Lowell
Amy McFadden ... Judy Gage
Thomas Richert Thomas Richert ... Arlo Gage (as Tom Richert)
Liam Matthews ... Chad
Noah Genson Noah Genson ... Point Guard


Sportscaster Bruce Dalt is a man basically full of himself with nothing to curb his competitive and ceaseless go-for-the-gold attitude. A mishap during his son's basketball game lands him in court where he is ordered to do community service. Now he's a reluctant bell-ringer for the Salvation Army. His arrogant behavior, captured on video, goes viral and negatively impacts his career and family, causing both to crumble before him. Major Melvin Lowell of the Salvation Army, knowing of God's love, guides his actions, hoping he'll come to recognize the charity of Christmas beyond just coins gathered in a collection pot. Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis




TV-G | See all certifications »






Release Date:

4 September 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Silver Bells See more »

Filming Locations:

Manistee, Michigan, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


At the 1:05 mark, Bruce is ringing his bell but no sound comes from it. See more »


Bruce Dalt: Don't you care about Christmas? Huh?
Jason Dalt: We have a whole month. It's not a race.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A little cheesy but fun…
21 December 2013 | by rbsteurySee all my reviews

Each year I search for a Christmas movie with a Christian slant appropriate for the youth in the youth group my wife and I voluntarily lead. We've done all the big ones ("The Nativity Story", "It's a Wonderful LIfe") and some smaller gems ( "The Ultimate Gift" and the wonderful, under-appreciated "Noelle") but other than those we often are desperate for something that is not a completely cheesy Hallmark type movie with a nod towards the Christ story. Last year I used clips from old "ER's" which always had emotional and impact-full Christmas episodes.

This movie is a little cheesy but lots of fun. For me, living in central-western Michigan, it has the allure of being shot in and around Grand Rapids with several local venues being shown. It is also a big plug for the Salvation Army, which is a very deserving organization (and also K- Mart which is, altruistically speaking, less deserving.)

The story revolves around a local, hyper-competitive sports reporter (Will Dalton played a little over-the-top by Bruce Boxleitner) and his family consisting of his spouse and two children (his son Jason is played by Kenton Duty who does a great job.) Antonio Fargas as Melvin Lowell, a Major in the Salvation Army is also very winning.

Will gets in trouble by carelessly but accidentally injuring a ref in his son's high school basketball game when he vociferously protests the ref's decision. This ultimately loses the game for his son, who quits the team in humiliation, and their father-son relationship suffers. In addition the referee presses charges for his (minor) injuries and Bruce must do humiliating (for him) community service by bell ringing at a Salvation Army kettle. Further, because his embarrassingly uncontrolled behavior has gone viral on social media, he loses his anchor spot at his work. There are some very funny developments and under the tutelage of Major Lowell the "go-for-the-win" Bruce begins to realize Christmas means more than who has the best home decorations or even who can raise the most money at his Christmas kettle.

There is also a side story about a Central Michigan University football player who has just won the Heisman trophy. Obviously, this part of the plot is a complete fantasy given the big money and politics involved in who wins the Heisman. Somebody involved in this film is pretty clearly a CMU alum as there are Central Michigan banners up all over the place and nary a Michigan State University or University of Michigan appearance. I am an alum of both MSU and U of M but good for the little guys!

The Christian content is gentle but central to the theme, so those who object to such proselytizing may dislike this film. But the main theme is very humanitarian and charitable, focusing on what Christmas SHOULD be about rather than what it so often is.

Silver Bells was obviously shot on a very low budget and apparently released direct-to-video, and that sometimes shows. But it was indeed filmed during the winter season and the snowy scenes look very real. Some actors deliver their lines more convincingly than others but overall the acting did not make me roll my eyes. For an evening of smiles and basic truths being re-enforced, you could do a lot worse.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed