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The Christmas Wish (1998)

Intent on fulfilling his grandma's Christmas wish, a man sets out to find the woman mentioned in his late grandfather's journals. He learns the secrets of his past and the true meaning of Christmas.

Director:

Ian Barry

Writers:

Richard Siddoway (book), Beth Polson (television story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Will Martin
Debbie Reynolds ... Ruth
Naomi Watts ... Renee
Alexandra Wilson ... Julia
Beverly Archer Beverly Archer ... Miss Enid Cook
Ian Meltzer Ian Meltzer ... Justin
Gary Bayer Gary Bayer ... Jimmy Hanning
James Greene ... Warren Martin
Jerry Douglas ... Mr. Askou
Michael Fairman ... Mr. Connor
Adilah Barnes ... Mary
Frank Birney ... Ray Spellman
Ismael 'East' Carlo ... Jose Rivera
Jan Hoag ... Mrs. Baker
Stuart Mitchell Stuart Mitchell ... Mr. Quinn
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Intent on fulfilling his grandma's Christmas wish, a man sets out to find the woman mentioned in his late grandfather's journals. He learns the secrets of his past and the true meaning of Christmas.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un secret bien gardé See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene a character asks for an address. It was given as 7800 Beverly Blvd. In real life that is the address for CBS Television City in Hollywood CA. This film premiered on CBS Television. See more »

Goofs

At the restaurant, Will and Julia's ice cubes sit at the bottom of their water glasses. This reveals them to be prop ice cubes, as real ice floats in water. See more »

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Well Its All Talk Little Action & A Small Mystery But Play a Game With This Movie
20 September 2017 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 HOLIDAY FILMS & SPECIALS. I HAVE NO AGENDA

A businessman Will Martin tries to uncover a family secret for his grandmother Ruth Martin after he returns to a small town to modernize his family's real-estate company. During thanksgiving dinner his grandmother Ruth tells him she has discovered a woman named Lillian in her husbands Warren's journals. He had visited her every Christmas Eve. Will sets off to solve this mystery.

Now this film is all talk. It's also very quite. Not much happens and the mystery is interesting my not enough to hold most peoples interest.

However what got me through this film was a game. The film had many familiar locations that have been utilized in other films. This film in Southern California and most likely in the Summer. I recognized several locations that were used in "Friday the 13th Part IV" and "Friday the 13th Part V". The Jarvis home from "Part IV". There is also a location from Part V that is used. You will see Neil Patrick Harris by gas pumps. This location is where Lana worked at a diner.

Anyway this film is not boring but its not very interesting. Even Debbie Reynolds scenes are almost limited to one location.

This was not a bad movie but it could of been much better.


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