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A Season for Miracles (1999)

A miracle occurs for a homeless family consisting of two children neglected by their incarcerated mother and their protective aunt who is trying to keep them out of the foster system with the help of an angel.

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Michael Pressman

Writers:

Marilyn Pappano (novel), Maria Nation (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Gugino ... Emilie Thompson
Kathy Baker ... Ruth Doyle
David Conrad ... Police Captain Nathan Blair
Laura Dern ... Berry Thompson
Patty Duke ... Angel
Lynn Redgrave ... Hon. Judge Nancy Jakes
Mary Fogarty Mary Fogarty ... Agatha
Faith Prince ... Sadie Miller
Evan Sabara ... J.T. Thompson
Mae Whitman ... Alanna 'Lani' Thompson
Mary Louise Wilson ... Corinna
Kurt Deutsch Kurt Deutsch ... Alexander Foster
Scott Sowers Scott Sowers ... Deputy Howie
Paul Collins Paul Collins ... Gerald Foster
Gail Grate Gail Grate ... Holly McBride
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Storyline

When a young woman's niece and nephew are threatened with foster care after her sister is hospitalized following yet another overdose, she flees with them until they land in the sleepy town of Bethlehem just before Christmas and a series of kindnesses and coincidences gives the trio a chance at happiness. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: A Season for Miracles (#49.2) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the 203rd Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) television presentation. See more »

Goofs

Paul Collins is credited on-screen for playing "Gerald Thomas" although (as revealed in the dialog) the character's surname is "Foster". See more »

Quotes

Judge: [to Alexander] Sit down, before I remember what a pain you were to babysit!
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Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Squatting For Love
29 December 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A Season For Miracles finds Carla Gugino badly in need of one. She's the aunt of Mae Whitman and Evan Sabara and their mother Laura Dern is her usual mess. In jail once again for some substance abuse misdemeanor and now the state is ready to take the kids from her. Carla would like to have them, but as she's unemployed ain't no way she'll be granted custody. Most likely the kids will be split up in the foster care system.

That's not good enough for Gugino. She takes the kids out of state and flees. Arriving at a version of Bedford Falls, a kindly waitress played by Patty Duke has a way of insisting that the whole family stop and see this very well kept up, but abandoned home in her town of Bethlehem. They stop and they squat.

It's only supposed to be for a night, but things just somehow keep them there especially all the good folks in the town. The house was a legacy that was never claimed by its inheritor for one reason or another. But with the state breathing down her neck and the fact she's a fugitive wanted on kidnapping, Carla's got to make tracks.

But as things turn out in this Christmas time special, it turns out to be a real Season For Miracles. Carla even gets herself some romance in the form of deputy sheriff David Conrad.

A Season For Miracles is sentimental without being terribly maudlin which is easy to do with these kind of films. Is someone from a higher plain of existence keeping some track of our situations and ready to step in with a miracle, if not one that's as spectacular as parting an ocean? This film offers the proposition that such is the case and it does so in a pleasant and entertaining manner.


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