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Nativity! (2009)

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An uptight but secretly heartbroken primary school teacher's little white lie about Hollywood coming to see his class' nativity play grows like wildfire in his rag-tag school low on self-esteem.

Director:

Debbie Isitt

Writer:

Debbie Isitt (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Freeman ... Paul Maddens
Marc Wootton ... Mr. Poppy
Jason Watkins ... Gordon Shakespeare
Ashley Jensen ... Jennifer Lore
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Bevan
Alan Carr ... The Critic
Ricky Tomlinson ... Mayor
Rosie Cavaliero ... Miss Rye
John Sessions ... Mr. Lore
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Lore
Clarke Peters ... Studio Boss
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... Father Tom
Matt Rippy ... Harrison
Rhydian Jones ... Studio Receptionist
Selina Cadell ... Oakmoor Headmistress
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Storyline

This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens is charged with producing the school's nativity play. Competing against the posh rival school for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood Producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is - they haven't spoken in years. With eccentric assistant Mr Poppy fuelling his 'little white lie', Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the center of quarreling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Maddens' only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody's Christmas wishes come true. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief language and mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weihnachtsmuffel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£794,314 (United Kingdom), 29 November 2009, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Debbie Isitt played Mary in her school nativity when she was seven years old. Her sister was Mary the year before and her other sister was Mary the year after. See more »

Goofs

In the final song "One Night" Bob finishes the song dressed as a Shepard but is suddenly dressed in the white angel outfit when Mr Poppy invites them all back on stage. See more »

Crazy Credits

End-credits dedication: "This film is dedicated to inspirational teachers everywhere." See more »

Connections

Featured in Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Balls
Arranged and performed by R. Navarro/ B. Levick/ S. Spieker
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Great film, funny
22 November 2009 | by billythetreeSee all my reviews

Enjoyed it all the way through, yes it is a low budget film, it didn't suffer for, the family will love it....most of the characters are well funny.....nice one for Xmas.....well done Debbie. The introduction of the teaching assistant was fabulous, he and the kids quite rightly stole the film......we all wish we had someone like that at school. Te improvisation was excellent, the kids seemed to really respond well to what for most was an alien environment. The story line held up better than i expected but then i didn't go to see it, expecting to see a masterpiece. The scenes in the Cathedral were brilliant, also it was great to see so much of my home town in the film....and my sister!I would encourage everyone with kids go and see this film....you will enjoy it.


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