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Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987)

Not Rated | | Family, Drama | TV Movie 20 December 1987
Willow Creek, Alaska, is going through a depression because the local cannery has shut down putting many of the residents out of work. Ray and Pete are truck-driving brothers, different as ... See full summary »


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Peter L. Keys (suggested by material by), Michael Norell (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Schneider ... Ray
Tom Wopat ... Pete
Kim Delaney ... Jessie
Zachary Ansley ... Michael
Joy Coghill ... Charlotte
Antony Holland Antony Holland
Hoyt Axton ... Al
Dwight Koss ... Mayor Newman
Barbara Russell Barbara Russell ... Edna Mae
Ted Stidder Ted Stidder ... Doc
Robert Forsythe Robert Forsythe ... Chief Cobb
Charissa Reeves Charissa Reeves ... Sabrina
Geordie Needham Geordie Needham ... Thurgood
Robin Mossley ... Cecil
Brian MacDonald Brian MacDonald ... Dwayne (as Brian Mac Donald)


Willow Creek, Alaska, is going through a depression because the local cannery has shut down putting many of the residents out of work. Ray and Pete are truck-driving brothers, different as day and night, who are hired by an old friend to bring Christmas presents and one huge surprise from sunny California up to his home town. Along the way, the brothers and Pete's son Michael argue and get stuck in a blizzard, but finally reconcile with each other. Written by Jeff Olsen

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If ever a town needed a miracle it was Willow Creek. And if ever there's a time for miracles... it's Christmas.


Family | Drama


Not Rated






Release Date:

20 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hristougenna stin Alaska See more »

Filming Locations:

Dawson, Yukon, Canada See more »

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Production Co:

ITC Entertainment See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In one quick scene, a TIP logo is visible on the driver side swinging door when the truck is driving down the street. In all other scenes, this logo is gone. See more »


Ray: What would you think about maybe staying in Willow Creek for just a little while and giving this chili business a shot?
Jessie: Well I always figured home is where the people you love are. So if Willow Creek is where you want to be, I'm home.
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Not too bad, in fact pretty good.
24 December 2000 | by DelphianSee all my reviews

Tom Wopat and John Schneider team up again -- post-Dukes of Hazzard -- for this made-for-TV movie. This time they play feuding brothers who both work for the same trucking company.

The owner of the company is a native of the small Alaska town of Willow Creek and each year he sends a truck of presents back to the folks at home. This year he plans on making the trip himself, but his health keeps him bedridden in sunny California. Ray (Schneider) is already scheduled to make the run with him, but the owner insists that Pete (Wopat) go along too.

Along the way the two face many obstacles that force them to think over their differences. Pete is the older, dependable, sensible one (think Luke Duke), while Ray is the younger, undependable, irresponsible one (think Bo Duke). Finally they work their differences out in time to bring the Christmas spirit to Willow Creek.

Wopat and Schneider fall easily into their roles and turn out admirable performances. Schneider is at his best as his character grapples with giving up the carefree, reckless life for doting fatherhood. Notice the dramatic turnaround his character has made by the end of the movie. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the rest of the cast, especially the Willow Creek townspeople. Their characters are underdeveloped and overacted, bringing the movie down with them. The story is a good one, but the miserable performances of the supporting cast destroy the impact the movie could have achieved.

Still this movie is a must for any die-hard Dukes of Hazzard fan. It is the only project Wopat and Schneider have done together that isn't related to The Dukes. And it is a good family film. It has the nice happy ending, with the re-affirmation of the importance of family that makes everyone feel warm and fuzzy.

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