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Operation Christmas (2016)

TV-G | | Romance | TV Movie 20 November 2016
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As her new romance blossoms, a single mother is dismayed when her boyfriend, a military sergeant, is deployed right before Christmas. Determined to not let it ruin the holidays for her and ... See full summary »

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David Weaver

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Nina Weinman (story), Nina Weinman (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tricia Helfer ... Olivia Young Roberts
Marc Blucas ... Scott McGuigan
Lisa Durupt ... Heather Young
Gabrielle Rose ... Jill McGuigan
Benjamin Wosk ... Charlie Roberts
Megan Charpentier ... Danielle Roberts
Jaeda Lily Miller ... Hayes McGuigan
Barclay Hope ... General Holt
Chelan Simmons ... Becky Fowler
Donna Benedicto ... Sara Collins
Link Baker ... Paul Hanson
Jill Teed ... Kim Clark
Dee Jay Jackson ... Mr. Sweeney
Cameron McDonald Cameron McDonald ... Delivery Manager
Jana Berengel ... Singer
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Storyline

As her new romance blossoms, a single mother is dismayed when her boyfriend, a military sergeant, is deployed right before Christmas. Determined to not let it ruin the holidays for her and her children they decide to give back to the struggling military families on his base and, as their efforts go viral, they are rewarded in ways they never imagined. Written by Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operación Navidad See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Production Co:

Lighthouse Pictures See more »
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Color (HD)

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16:9 HD
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Whistler is an actual resort town located 75 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia. Whistler Fairmont Chateau (Hotel), Blackcomb Peak, Black Tusk Stratovolcano and Blackcomb Helicopters are businesses and places located at the resort. See more »

Goofs

Sgt. McGuigan appears to be in his mid-40's with at least 20 years in the service, extensively decorated including the CIB, extensive experience but at this point his is a SGT, E-5. Either he has been busted now down so many times, or the researchers need to make his rank comparable. At this point he should at least be a Master Sergeant or First Sergeant. E-8. See more »

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Becky Fowler: Rangers don't leave the base to play games.
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Great and unusual Christmas movie
22 December 2017 | by EricBrunelSee all my reviews

I saw this movie in pretty bad conditions: it was airing on French TV, and, as basically all Hallmark movies, it was targeted at middle-aged housewives, who are supposed not to be able to speak English at all and to want everything in French. So no English version available, only dubbed in French, and therefore with rewritten dialog. And for this kind of movie, let's say the writers and the dubbing actors are rarely encouraged to do their best...

So it took me a bit of time to get into it, the beginning feeling a bit awkward with the actors speaking in a voice that isn't theirs and having sometimes cheesy lines of rewritten dialog. But from when Olivia and Scott meet for the second time and the "Operation Christmas" actually starts to get prepared, I got hooked. No Santa Claus or so-called "Christmas magic" here: it's a story of real people in quite a difficult situation who are just trying to get their little share of happiness in this supposedly joyful time of the year. This is the kind of movie that relies a lot on the actors, and I guess that for such a film often considered "minor", some would just "do the job" and hurry back home for dinner. Here, the whole cast is great and does an excellent work. But one of them especially shines, and that's Tricia Helfer: she gives everything she's got to her character, and really makes you feel for this woman, torn between the excitement of a starting romance she thought would no more happen, and her high doubts about herself being able to cope with the kind of life you get with a man in the military. And let me be honest: mostly because of her performance and in spite of the awkward French dubbing, I ended up with my eyes not completely dry.

So of course, there are probably some factual inaccuracies and the ending is quite cliché. Well now, as someone else has pointed out: this is a Hallmark movie, it has to have a cliché ending. But all in all, this is one of the best Christmas movies I've seen, and if it ever reaches my side of the Atlantic as a DVD, I'll definitely buy it - and probably get another weird look from my wife for getting this kind of "girly" stuff...


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