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The Spruces and the Pines (2017)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Movie 27 October 2017
Julie Pine and Rick Spruce are forced to hide their yuletide relationship from their disapproving families in this Christmas romance.


John Stimpson




Credited cast:
Jonna Walsh ... Julie Pine
Nick Ballard ... Rick Spruce
Ken Cheeseman ... Dave Spruce
Tom Kemp ... James Pine
Kathy Harum ... Martha Fuller
Sarah Fischer Sarah Fischer ... Holly
John MacGregor John MacGregor ... Josh
Ferns Francios Ferns Francios ... Man in Uniform
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Breton Steven Breton ... Christmas Tree Shopper
Zachary Breton Zachary Breton ... Christmas Tree Shopper
Louise Mara ... Christmas Tree Shopper


A Romeo and Juliet romance takes place among two feuding New England Christmas Tree lot families. Against their families' wills, Julie Pine and visiting-from-Texas, Rick Spruce, fall in love, but are forced to hide their Yuletide relationship.

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Filming took place in April 2017 and one challenge encountered during this time was to film before the flowers in town started blooming. See more »


When Rick Spruce writes in his note pad. "Stay away from the Pines" He actually wrote, "Stay away from the Pins". Later when Julie Pine steals the note pad and reads "Stay away from the Pines" It is spelled correctly. See more »


Julie Pine: Well, this is a Christmas tradition that every tree farmer should know.
[Julie opens a canister]
Rick Spruce: Are those pine needles?
Julie Pine: Yup.
Rick Spruce: You put those in the tea?
Julie Pine: They are the tea.
[Julie prepares the drink]
Julie Pine: My Mom would make this for us every winter. Here you go.
Rick Spruce: Thank you.
[Rick hesitates]
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True love will overcome all obstacles
6 December 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

Although a simple story line, I am quite sure that there are literally millions of men and women who have lived the rest of their lives regrettably for listening to their closest loved ones (fathers, mothers, aunts, or uncles) and for years wondered to themselves "...if only I had listened to my heart" and not to my relatives about that one true love of my life.

The family surnames are really hokey (the Spruces and the Pines) and much like the Hatfields and McCoys who owned adjoining farms, so do the Spruces and the Pines whose livelihood depends on the Christmas season when their Christmas trees bring in the majority of their annual income. Gradually the audience finds out what the two male tree farm owners Dave Spruce, (Ken Cheeseman) and James Pine (Tom Kemp) decades old dispute is about. Darn it if James daughter Julie Pine (Jonna Walsh) and her new found love in Rick Spruce (Nick Ballard) who is Dave Spruce's nephew is going to be ignored merely on a decades old dispute between the two (2) tree farm owners.

How the decades age old feud is finally put to an end becomes emotional (at least it was for Mrs. Shullivan and I) and for the next few scenes this Christmas themed film is worth watching.

I rate it a a solid 7 out of 10 rating.

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27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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A Star-Crossed Christmas See more »

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Massachusetts, USA See more »

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