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The Christmas Candle (2013)

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A pastor who's suffered a personal loss accepts a position in a town that believes in a Christmas miracle candle, which he strives to abolish.

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John Stephenson

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Max Lucado (based on the novel by), Candace Lee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Matheson ... David Richmond
Samantha Barks ... Emily Barstow
Lesley Manville ... Bea Haddington
Sylvester McCoy ... Edward Haddington
James Cosmo ... Herbert Hopewell
Susan Boyle ... Eleanor Hopewell
Barbara Flynn ... Lady Camdon
John Hannah ... William Barstow
Jude Wright ... Charlie Barstow
Morgan Jones ... Phineas Barber
Alice Bonifacio Alice Bonifacio ... Delilah Barber
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Oliver Barber
Beatrice Curnew ... Agnes Chumley
Patricia England Patricia England ... Mrs. Chumley
Tessa Bell-Briggs Tessa Bell-Briggs ... Widow Leonard (as Tessa Bell Briggs)
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Storyline

Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every twenty-five years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle and prays before it receives a miracle on Christmas Eve, but in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end. When David Richmond, a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David's quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow. Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle, but when the blessed candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen. Written by The Christmas Candle

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Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Licht der Weihnacht See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,655, 17 November 2013

Gross USA:

$2,258,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,476,775
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Color
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Samantha Barks and Hans Matheson have both been in film productions of 'Les Misérables'. Barks playing the part of Éponine in the 2012 musical version (reprising her West End role) and Matheson playing Marius in the 1998 film. See more »

Quotes

David Richmond: [Entering the church with Herbert Hopewell, where a woman is singing beautifully to the organ music. Seeing that Hopewell is strongly affected by the singing:] Are you all right ?
Herbert Hopewell: [Smiling broadly] There she is. A special soul.
[pause]
Herbert Hopewell: Sometimes I think I'm hearing an angel. My lady. Eleanor
Eleanor Hopewell: [Eleanor Hopewell, still singing at the other end of the church, turns slowly to face them, revealing that she is played by Susan Boyle, the famous singer] On a starry night in Bethlehem, a child was born...
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Soundtracks

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Written by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Gavin Broom
Performed by Freddie Bols, Robbie Robson, Tim Smart, John Spanyol and Jeff Miller
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Very enjoyable movie
28 November 2013 | by tjclausSee all my reviews

I went to watch this movie knowing it was a tale about hope, inspiration and people. I was not disappointed, enjoyed the characters and message from beginning to end. It is the absolute opposite from zombies, explosions, murder and mayhem, and is all the better for it. Not sure if the movie is true to every historical aspect of the time portrayed, but that is not the point. While the audience was small, there were applause at the end, and some folks wiping their eyes and not rushing to get out of the theater. Beware the onion ninjas when watching. Watch this movie with an appreciation for the human spirit and faith, you will not be disappointed and wish we had more movies like this to watch instead of the normal trashy Hollywood fare.


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