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Christmas Eve (1986)

Story of a well-to-do elderly woman, who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children, who learns she has an incurable illness and wants desperately to reunite her three ... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Cooper

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis (teleplay), Laurence Stallings (story) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Young ... Amanda Kingsley
Arthur Hill ... Andrew Kingsley
Ron Leibman ... Morris Huffner
Trevor Howard ... Maitland
Patrick Cassidy ... Josh Kingsley
Charles Frank ... Jamison
Season Hubley ... Melissa
Kate Reid ... Molly Gottchalk
Deborah Richter ... Patti (as Debi Richter)
Allan Royal ... Grodin
Lisa Vidal ... Maria
Wayne Best ... Harley
Bernard Behrens ... Dean
Antony Parr Antony Parr ... Professor
Amanda Hancox Amanda Hancox ... Nora
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Storyline

Story of a well-to-do elderly woman, who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children, who learns she has an incurable illness and wants desperately to reunite her three grown grand children (who are scattered across the U.S. living their own lives), with their estranged father, her son. She hires a private detective to search for them so as to try to get everyone together on Christmas Eve. Written by <Beanie7739@aol.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas Eve See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Arthur Hill (Andrew Kingsley) and Kate Reid (Molly Gottchalk) were in the movie The Andromeda Strain together. See more »

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Another heartwarming Christmas tale!
14 December 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is another Christmas tale about an elderly woman who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children. She learns she has an incurable illness and, therefore, hires a private investigator to locate her family around the country to reunite with her during Christmas Eve.

I caught this movie on TV a few times when I was a teenager and, though dramatic films weren't my cup of tea back then, I enjoy watching meaningful Christmas movies and this one was no exception. While the plot is slow at times, the movie captures the essence and spirit of the season, as I remember seeing the woman talking to another with an elegant Christmas tree bath in golden lights in the backdrop. And, this movie gives you an uplifting message about being together with family.

Overall, it's a good one to watch during Christmas time.

Grade B


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