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Christmas for a Dollar (2013)

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During the Depression, a family struggles to get by, expecting another Christmas without presents until their father brings home a dollar for them to spend on gifts.


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 ... 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
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America is in the midst of the Depression, and the Kamp family is struggling to get by, especially after Mrs. Kamp's untimely death. Now little Ruthie, with her mother gone and her father overwhelmed by doctor bills resulting from her brother s polio, expects another Christmas without presents 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 Kamps come to find that money isn't what fills Christmas with joy, love, and miracles. Written by Covenant Communications

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


Norman Kamp (Jacob Buster) & the town bully, Lenny (Christopher Buster) are real life siblings. 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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User Reviews

Touching movie showing the meaning of Christmas
22 December 2013 | by sharilyn-mckinley-harveySee all my reviews

This may not be a high budget movie with lots of top named actors but it is good story and fine actors. Great story and well played. Our family thoroughly enjoyed this show. Good, family based, clean cut, meaningful, touching. Actors all did a fine job. If you're wanting a good movie to watch with your family this is it. Takes you back to the simpler time of life. There is no sex, car crashes, violence, computer generated anything or foul language! Just a good clean, enjoyable film. You will feel good about sharing this with everybody in your family, kids, grand-kids, grandparents! In our opinion you will not be disappointed. The world needs less trashy movies and more like this one!

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