A family struggling to get by during the Depression expects another presentless Christmas until the father brings home a dollar for them to spend on presents.


John Lyde


Sally Meyer (screenplay by), Gale Sears (based on the book: 'Christmas for a Dollar' by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Brian Krause ... William Kamp
Nancy Stafford ... Mrs. Rathbone
Danielle C. Ryan ... Verna Kamp (as Danielle Chuchran)
Heather Beers ... Miss Mayfield
James Gaisford James Gaisford ... Warren Kamp
Jacob Buster ... Norman Kamp
Ruby Jones ... Ruthie Kamp
Ethan Hunt Ethan Hunt ... Russel Kamp
Melanie Stone ... Helen (as Melanie Stone Thomason)
Liam Buie Liam Buie ... Karl
Grace Hallows Grace Hallows ... Mae (as Gracie Hallows)
Skyler M. Day ... Esther
Bruce Newbold ... Mr. Mueller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dalek Atkinson Dalek Atkinson ... Henry
Ron Brough Ron Brough ... Minister


The Kamp family is struggling to get by in the midst of the Depression, especially after Mrs. Kamp's untimely death. With her mother gone and her father overwhelmed by doctor bills as her brother battles polio. little Ruth expects another Christmas without gifts or festivities. But when her father brings home one dollar in change and lets the children use it to buy special gifts for each other, the family discovers that money isn't what fills Christmas with joy, love, and miracles. Written by Covenant Communications

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some mean behavior. | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Norman Kamp and town bully Lenny are portrayed by real-life siblings Jacob and Christopher Buster. See more »


Ordinary young girls did not wear jeans or any kind of pants during the Great Depression. Looks like no effort at all was made to make this period piece look like a period piece. See more »


Ruthie Kamp: What's so funny?
Mrs. Rathbone: It's just, you remind me of myself, when I was your age.
Ruthie Kamp: Oh, that's awful.
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Heartwarming Extraordinaire
3 July 2019 | by kraveheartSee all my reviews

I had the pleasure of watching this tonight for the first time. I decided I wanted to review it and as I came to the page, I read one from someone who said the cast was awful. OMG, the first thought that came to mind was just how amazing the entire cast was. You might find a movie here and there with a great young child actor; maybe one with even two; but this movie had at least 5; probably 8-10 when you think about all of the children in the movie. The grownups were great too. Some have criticized the direction but hey, this was a movie that takes place during the depression. I thought they did a wonderful job bringing that time period to life. I found the movie looking for films with Danielle C. Ryan (Danielle Chuchran) who may be one of the most beautiful young actresses I have ever seen. She is also very talented and always brings her characters to life. I would and will highly recommend this movie.

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