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The Spruces and the Pines (2017)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Movie 27 October 2017
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Star-Crossed Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Trivia

The photo used to show the feuding families in the 1970s is actually cast members of Dazed and Confused (1993). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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A new Romeo and Juliet
2 January 2018 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

This movie follows the tradition of Romeo and Juliet. There is serious and unreasonable enmity between the two. So much so, the Julie's dad says to her at one point "I thought I had raised a daughter who understood the values that this family holds." Apparently he intended to raise her with the values of hatred and unforgiveness. Do Rick and Julie end up dead on the floor after taking poison? I'm pretty sure we can all guess the answer to that.

The story is pretty basic and predictable. While the Romeo and Juliet story is not new and has been done many times, it is a slightly different approach to a Christmas story. Actually, Christmas is not as central to the details of this story as it is in many holiday movies. We don't find the writer checking off one tradition after another just to meet some quota. However there are really no surprises. Jonna Walsh and Nick Ballard connect well even if they are a little stiff, especially Ballard. The feud seems unreasonable in our day especially when we learn the true history of it.


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