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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.

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Ron Oliver

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Neal H. Dobrofsky (teleplay) (as Neal Dobrofsky), Tippi Dobrofsky (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Mulroney ... Tom Langdon
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Eleanor Carter
Danny Glover ... Max Powers
Joan Cusack ... Agnes
Holly Elissa ... Lelia
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)
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Christmas Train See more »

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16:9 HD
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Dermot Mulroney and Joan Cusack have appeared and guest starred on Shameless (2011). See more »

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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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Christmas Is Not My Thing
Written by Ron Oliver & Peter Allen
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I keep telling Mrs. Shullivan we have to take a train trip sometime soon
25 December 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

The Christmas Train although not a true Christmas classic, is more a drama/romance film that is still decent enough to hold most filmgoers attention for the films 99 minute duration. There is something about a bunch of strangers who meet on a train that captures one's imagination and I was asking myself (and asking Mrs. Shullivan too) wouldn't that be nice to be on that Christmas train?

Of course a 4 day, 3,000 mile trip aboard the Christmas train that the published author Tom Langdon (Dermot Mulroney) was taking, with his seperate cabin that included a full desk and bed is not something most of us could ever afford, but eh' it's a movie so keep dreaming right?

I digress. Tom meets quite a few eclectic characters aboard the Christmas train including a Hollywood director named Max Powers (Danny Glover) who happened to bring along his next films screen writer a woman named Eleanor Carter (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) . From this point on a story unfolds about many of the characters aboard the Christmas train including the background stories of Tom and Eleanor.

I wouldn't say this is one of my top ten films, nor is it one of my top 100 Christmas films, because other than the train itself being called the Christmas train because it reaches its 4 day destination for Tom and Eleanor on Christmas Day, there is more a dramatic and romantic storyline than a Christmas story. Throwing in a bit of snow also doesn't make it a Christmas story. It is a decent enough film and I will rate it 6 out of 10, but I think there should be an alternate title than the Christmas Train. The title is deceiving.


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