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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Roth ... Shannon McManus-Johnson
Howard Hesseman ... Fred Nickells
Jason Spevack ... Trevor McManus-Johnson
Yannick Bisson ... Peter Archer
Karen LeBlanc ... Janet
Daniel Fathers ... Arthur Finnegan
Joyce Gordon ... Mrs. Granger
Mark Wilson ... Herb Jasper
Carla Collins ... Lauren
Joe Flaherty ... Roger the Doorman
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Frank
Eddie Max Huband Eddie Max Huband ... Little Boy
Rick Howland ... Kenny
Joe Pingue ... Hugo
Rolando Alvarez Giacoman Rolando Alvarez Giacoman ... Barber #1


On Christmas Eve, Shannon McManus (Andrea Roth) is stuck driving around a wealthy and eccentric client (Howard Hesseman) who is giving away large sums of money with the secret hope of reuniting with his long lost daughter. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fred is saying Merry Christmas to everyone in different languages as he gives away his money. At some point he says to the reporter "kala Christoúgenna." The reporter asks the camerawoman what he said, and she replied, "Its Greek to me," and in fact that is Greek for Merry Christmas. See more »


At 101 in, Fred is leading Shannon etc. through the front gates to the house there is a visible Private Property sign on the brick column. At 103 in, Peter and Shannon are leaving through the gate but the sign is now gone. See more »


References Indecent Proposal (1993) See more »

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A good, sweet-natured and uplifting Christmas movie that's well worth seeing around the holidays!
25 December 2017 | by Foreverisacastironmess123See all my reviews

This isn't drastically different from the multitudes of other Christmas TV movies out there, but this one is just a little different and special somewhere to me. It's grown on me a lot over the years and I've strangely found myself watching it every year, it gives me the kind of wholesome old-fashioned warm genuine Christmas vibes that aren't really something I get very often from movies like this anymore. When I was a little boy, I used to think that Christmas was so super-magical, all of the festive atmosphere and little precious ceremonies all made me feel so happy and it was like proof that the world could be a bright happy place, when I'd feel sad as a kid I could just talk about Christmas to cheer myself up! Anywho this film isn't what I'd call overly sappy and to me it doesn't have the kind of overly-dramatic dialogue that gives TV films a bad name. And while it's nothing amazing, it really worked for me and I loved it, I thought it was genuinely heartwarming. I liked the woman and her kid and the way it established how they were going to have to make do with a really poor Christmas because they didn't have much, it made me care about them as characters. Howard Hesseman was brilliant and a real hoot as the eccentric rich old man with the answer to their prayers as he hires her as a chauffeur to drive him around New York on Christmas Eve while causing a media sensation with the random drive by acts of wild generosity by throwing wads of money to all around him for no other reason than sheer manic kindness and to spread the joy! All of the scenes where he does that really tickled me and made me smile because if there was ever one thing to really get any crowd ground going anywhere, ever, it would be free money! He is for all intents and purposes this movie's Santa Claus and while he does have an ulterior motive in helping her it's nothing too heavy.. The story does get a bit hectic at the end and I don't care for the pointless romance subplot that's thrown in, but overall it's all harmless sweet fun that projects a good image and theme of Christmas joy and family togetherness, and it has an endearing tone that I can only describe as cosy, it's a very nice uplifting picture to lighten the mood around the icy year's end. Thanks everyone, happy holidays to you X

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