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The Christmas Train (2017)

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A cynical journalist decides to take a train from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles for Christmas to get inspiration for a story in honor of his late father. He gets to know the other passengers and runs into an old flame while aboard.


Ron Oliver


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Mulroney ... Tom Langdon
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Eleanor Carter
Danny Glover ... Max Powers
Holly Elissa ... Lelia
Joan Cusack ... Agnes
Kirsten Zien ... Julie
Anthony Konechny ... Steve
Jill Teed ... Roxanne
Karen Holness ... Misty
Terence Kelly ... Higgins
John Innes ... John Kelly
Nelson Wong ... Kenny Kwan
Jesse Stanley ... Regina
Eric Gustafsson ... Davey
Douglas Roy Dack Douglas Roy Dack ... Cabbie (as Douglas Dack)


A writer takes a four day trip on a train hoping to get ideas for a book he's writing in memory of his father. His true love happens to be on the train writing a script. They bond with different people along the way. It's obvious the two are still in love.

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25 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Tom and Higgins are talking at the last stop before entering the mountains. Higgins says there is a storm coming. Tom says he noticed that they added another diesel locomotive. And at the end of the movie you can see a real train in the background with two diesel locomotives, both headed forward. However, when the Christmas Train is trapped on the mountain in the snow, all shots of that train, probably a model clearly show only one locomotive. See more »


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The worst Hallmark Christmas movie ever made
3 December 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Every Christmas, the Hallmark channel comes out with a fresh line-up of Christmas movies that play all day every day from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. There's a sprinkling of really great ones mixed in among the mediocre ones that are tolerated because of the spirit of the season. And every once in a while, there's a movie so putrid you'll either turn it off or wish you had once it's over. Unfortunately for Hallmark, this year's all-star film that received the majority of the publicity and advertising is by far the worst corny Christmas movie I've ever seen. And I watch every Christmas movie I can get my hands on.

The incredibly handsome Dermot Mulroney takes a train from Chicago to Los Angeles, and the moment he arrives at the station, his fellow passengers start acting incredibly weird. They're all introducing themselves, telling him their life stories and asking about his, and doling out clichés like Halloween candy. The lighting on the train is overexposed, adding to the already ominous aura; I actually considered turning the film off because I was convinced the train was full of dead people and they were escorting Dermot to Heaven—that's how not-normal the film felt.

As incredibly handsome as Dermot Mulroney is—and trust me, you'll be tempted to keep watching the movie just to keep staring at him—his gorgeous mug isn't enough to even remotely save the movie. And as bad as I feel for him for being forced into taking this role, I feel worse for Danny Glover. He was in The Color Purple, and now he's been reduced to playing an eccentric film director in the worst Hallmark Christmas movie ever made? Shirley MacLaine starred in Hallmark's A Heavenly Christmas last year, so it isn't unheard of that big names flock to Hallmark during the holidays, but The Christmas Train is so awful it almost defies description.

Every corny, tooth-aching cliché you can think of is included in the script, and there's even a few included that I'd never heard before—and I sincerely hope I'll never have to hear them again. Literally every single line of dialogue and plot point is terrible, from the first scene to the last images before the end credits. Even if you're desperately in love with Dermot Mulroney—and I can't imagine you loving him more than I do—do not watch this movie unless you want to start hating Christmas movies.

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