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The Thanksgiving House (2013)

When Boston lawyer Mary Ross inherits a house in Plymouth from her late aunt, she has no idea she may have inherited a historical treasure. Mary's initial desire to sell the house is ... See full summary »

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Kevin Connor

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J.B. White (teleplay), J.B. White (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emily Rose ... Mary Ross
Justin Bruening ... Everett Mather
Julia Jones ... Victoria
Lindsay Wagner ... Abigail Mather
Bruce Boxleitner ... Parker Mather
Adam Kaufman ... Rick Allen
Cerina Vincent ... Ashleigh Mulligan
Jack Scalia ... John Ross
Ramon De Ocampo ... Spence
Ben Giroux ... Quincy
Greg Haines ... Uncle Bill
Arleen Grace ... Uncle Bill's Wife
Patrick Connell Patrick Connell ... Uncle Bill's Son
Nora Sakal Nora Sakal ... Uncle Bill's Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Ab'Dul Alexander Ab'Dul ... Teen Boy (as Alexander Abdul)
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When Boston lawyer Mary Ross inherits a house in Plymouth from her late aunt, she has no idea she may have inherited a historical treasure. Mary's initial desire to sell the house is supported by her slick boyfriend, Rick, but she is shocked to discover local historian Everett Mather has evidence that her house is located on the site of the first Thanksgiving. With the house turning into an unexpected tourist attraction, putting Mary in the media spotlight at the prying of unscrupulous gossip blogger Ashleigh Mulligan, Everett tries to prove his theory and Mary tries to prove anything that will keep the house in her hands. Suddenly, Mary clings to the house as an artifact of her own history before her happy childhood memories were tarnished by her father's abandonment. Ultimately, Mary must decide if it is more important to preserve the house's historical ties or make it the site of many happy Thanksgivings to come. What will she choose? Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Drama | Family | Romance

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thanksgiving House See more »

Filming Locations:

Simi Valley, California, USA See more »

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Premiered as "The Thanksgiving House" on The Hallmark Channel and continues to go by that name on that and sister network Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, yet is titled "Legally Tender" when it airs on some other networks, such as PixL. Additionally it is rated TV-G when it airs on the Hallmark networks but TV-PG when it airs on PixL despite being the exact same film. See more »

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I Like the Actors, But...
2 November 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Emily Rose's great-aunt has just died and left Emily her house in Plymouth. Justin Bruening is an amateur archaeologist who has proof that the house is the site of the first Thanksgiving. It's a good set-up for a Hallmark romantic comedy and they carry it out nicely, aided by a supporting cast whose characters all know each other. No one is obnoxious; they simply want different things and that causes the conflicts. This is the definition of a good work of fiction, in which the story arises from character.

The plot is good, the writing is good and the actors are good. However, while I wish all Hallmark romcoms were as good as this, I have some issues with the production that will probably strike most people as too picky. One is the fact that all of these people are natives of Massachusetts and only Adam Kaufman has even the faintest trace of a Yankee accent; he sounds like he comes from South Boston.

The other is that they might have shot this in Massachusetts in the fall. While there are some setting helicopter shots to establish that, yes, this is Boston and yes, this is Plymouth, they clearly shot the exteriors some place else in the late spring. I spotted some tulips that looked like June and while dead leaves are scattered around, there is no sign of autumn colors. The credits indicate Simi Valley.

These are, as I said, niggling issues. Nonetheless, they prevent it from being much more than average good.


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